Melanie Sommer

Melanie Sommer

Managing Editor, Online News
Minnesota Public Radio
msommer@mpr.org

Melanie Sommer is the managing editor of online for MPR News. She joined MPR in 1995, as a manager of the news department. She became one of Minnesota Public Radio's two online news editors in November 2000. She came to Minnesota Public Radio from Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison, Wis., where she worked for eight years as morning host and news anchor, and was news director for two years. Sommer and her husband live in the Twin Cities area with their three daughters, even though they remain diehard cheeseheads.

Melanie Sommer Feature Archive

Conservative press conference
Michele Bachmann's political life led from the Stillwater school board to Congress, a failed presidential bid and a narrow re-election to a fourth term. We've collected some audio clips of those moments. (05/30/2013)
Surly Brewing Company
Surly Brewing Co. has purchased a site in the Prospect Park area of Minneapolis to build a new brewery and taproom. (04/15/2013)
University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview
Sanford Health is withdrawing from merger discussions with Fairview, acording to a statement released by the company. (04/10/2013)
A new Minneapolis restaurant, Butcher & the Boar, has been named a semifinalist in the the James Beard Awards as Best New Restaurant in the country. A record 17 Minnesota restaurants and chefs have been named semifinalists for the awards, the pre-eminent competition that recognizes the culinary arts. (02/19/2013)
Today on the MPR News Update: Some better economic news coming from Wall Street and the job market; some pharmacists are now consulting with patients via webcam; we ride along on a train trip through Mexico with Central American immigrants; and your photos of Minnesota in January. (02/01/2013)
Welcome to the MPR News Update. In the news today, the Mayo Clinic's multi-billion-dollar expansion plan for the city of Rochester; Gov. Dayton's budget proposal, and its claims about job creation, are getting more pushback; the race for Minneapolis mayor is already getting crowded; and a look at the hot food trends of 2013. (01/31/2013)
Today on the MPR News Update, a look at the top priorities of the DFL leaders in the new legislative session, the deal that sells off big chunks of the Supervalu grocery chain, and the nominations -- and snubs -- for the Academy Awards. (01/10/2013)
Today on the MPR News Update, a ninth grader from suburban Minneapolis has died of the flu. DFLers in the Minnesota Legislature outline their priorities for the session, and the mayor of Duluth tries to raise awareness about sex trafficking in Minnesota. (01/09/2013)
Today on the MPR News Update, MPD Blue looks a little more rainbow these days. Illegal immigrants are speaking out more and more. And, the state considers changing the status of dozens of animal and plant species. (12/12/2012)
Today on the MPR News Update, Democrats set to take control of the Minnesota Legislature are going to be seeing a long wish list of funding requests from various interest groups. The debate over what the Vikings can do regarding seat license fees for their new stadium continues. Minnesota colleges are looking at ways to improve students' readiness for the workplace. And a new movie about University Avenue shows how its gritty, quirky nature could provide some clues as to what its future might be. (11/16/2012)
Amy Senser, the wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser, was driving the family's car when she struck and killed a pedestrian last week, according to the family's attorney. The identity of the driver involved in the hit-and-run accident had not been revealed until today. (09/02/2011)
Public schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul will remain closed for another day, in the wake of the massive snowstorm that hit the region over the weekend. (12/13/2010)
Eric Kaler is currently provost at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. (11/12/2010)
The Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis plans to close 21 Catholic churches around the Twin Cities metro area and dozens more would share priests under a reorganization plan being unveiled this weekend. (10/16/2010)
With just three weeks before Election Day, the three major-party candidates for governor are taking some harder shots at each other to try to sway voters. (10/12/2010)