For over 20 years, Minnesota Public Radio's Broadcast Journalist Series commissions journalists and correspondents for a 24-hour residency four times a year, 2 in the fall and 2 in the spring each season. While here they share insights on their craft as well as on people and events. Hosted by MPR's Tom Weber, all events take place at the University of St. Thomas O'Shaughnessy Education Center with a breakfast the following morning at the Minneapolis Club. Tickets will be free and ready to be reserved starting Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, to MPR Members and to general public on Thursday, July 21st, 2016.

This fall, we tackle sports and politics. MPR News' Tom Weber will host these talented journalists for conversations about their careers, their craft and their take on the news.

Justin Ellis
Senior Editor, ESPN the Magazine

September 19, 2016 | 7:00 p.m.
St Thomas O'Shaughnessy Education Center

Justin EllisJustin Ellis is the Senior Editor of ESPN the Magazine. Justin previously wrote for the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. A project of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the Nieman Lab covers innovation within the journalism industry by looking at how traditional media, online news media, and new start-ups are adapting to changes in the industry.

Justin has reported for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, The Kennebec Journal, Portland Magazine, Portland-based TV station WMTW, and worked for organizations including Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Previously he was a columnist/blogger, staff writer, and multimedia producer for the Portland Press Herald, Maine's largest daily newspaper. There he covered politics, business, local government, education, technology, and culture. In that time only once did he manage to invoke the wrath of the state's tourism industry by suggesting the state slogan be changed to "Maine – The way life should be, but sometimes isn't — but that's OK too."

During his time at the Press Herald he covered stories including the inauguration of President Barack Obama, Maine's vote on gay marriage, cultural assimilation among young people from immigrant families, and the growth of online business of outdoors retailer L.L. Bean. He also interviewed the creator of The Slanket – the original blanket with sleeves.

Originally from the Midwest, Justin was born on the snow-swept plains of Minneapolis, where he developed a taste for foods on a stick and the color purple (the color, not the novel). Justin graduated from the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Ed Morrissey
Senior editor, HotAir, and author of GOING RED

October 3, 2016 | 7:00 p.m.
St Thomas O'Shaughnessy Education Center

Ed MorrisseyEd Morrissey has been writing about politics on his blog, Captain's Quarters, since 2003 and most recently on, where he blogs and hosts a talk show. He is a columnist for The Week and The Fiscal Times, and his writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, the New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. A former weekend radio-show host in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area, Morrissey now often guest hosts Salem Radio Network's nationally syndicated shows and on the Relevant Radio Network.

In GOING RED: The Two Million Voters Who Will Elect the Next President—and How Conservatives Can Win Them, Ed Morrissey takes readers on a walking beat tour of seven battleground counties that Republicans lost to Obama in the two previous elections and stand to lose again in 2016. But, as Ed reveals through in-depth reporting and face to face conversations with the electorate, the Republican Party can turn the tide with a nuanced campaign strategy—small alterations to their messaging that, Ed reports, could paint these crucial counties red in 2016.


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Event Parking

St. Thomas invites guests attending this event to park in the Anderson Parking Facility. The Anderson Parking Facility is a two-block walk to the O'Shaughnessy Educational Center. Please enter the Anderson Parking Facility at the southwest corner of Cretin and Grand avenues. For specific driving and parking directions to campus, refer to the available map on this page. The cost for hourly parking in the ramp is $1.50/hr before 4:00 pm and $1.00/hr after 4:00 pm. To avoid being ticketed, guests should not park in campus surface lots that require permits including the one adjacent to OEC Auditorium, or on streets around campus, which require city permits.


Tom Weber Tom Weber is host of MPR News with Tom Weber, which is heard weekdays at 11 a.m. The show focuses on all things Minnesota, from the latest headlines to the long-standing issues that define the state, to the quirky people who make this an interesting place to live. Tom joined MPR News in January 2008, serving as a general assignment reporter and as an award-winning education reporter before joining the newly created weekday news talk show The Daily Circuit as a co-host in 2012. He became host of MPR News with Tom Weber in late 2014. Weber also hosts several MPR news live events, including the Broadcast Journalist Series at the University of St. Thomas. Before moving to Minnesota, the Chicago native was a morning news anchor and reporter for KWMU St. Louis Public Radio for more than five years. He is the author of the travel book 100 Things to do in the Twin Cities Before You Die.

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