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September 14, 2009 // UPDATED 10:10 am - September 14, 2009
By: Amanda Kushner
Amanda Kushner
Editor’s note: I’m excited to introduce you to our new Downtown Journal reporter Amanda Kushner. She’s a great addition to our news team and takes on the beat formerly held by Michelle Bruch, a reporter who did outstanding work for the Journal for more than three years. If you see Amanda out around town, please say hi and send story tips her way.

Ever since I decided I wanted to be a journalist, I’ve wanted to work at a community newspaper so I could make a direct impact on the people living in that coverage area.

And like the typical reporter I thrive on chasing a story and love to write. But my passion is interviewing and listening to others. I want to hear your story.

I’m from Connecticut and ended up in the Twin Cities for an internship at the Pioneer Press. After loving the summer I decided I was going to stay. So I’m new the area and am quickly learning more about Downtown Minneapolis each day. Right now I’m living in Highland Park in St. Paul.

I recently graduated from the University of Missouri, the world’s oldest school of journalism, with a degree in print and digital news with minors in classical humanities and in business. I’ve worked at many newspapers in Connecticut and Missouri including the Hartford Courant. In the past I’ve covered community news with an emphasis on government and business news. But I also love covering the arts and cultural events.

When I am not working I always try to keep busy. I love to dance especially ballet, tap, jazz, character and Broadway dance. Recently I’ve become more interested in zumba and yoga.

I’m always looking to hear another story, so please give me a call with any tips, or if you just want to introduce yourself I’d love to grab a cup of coffee with you and chat. I know that building relationships is the best way to create a newspaper that gives you, the reader, the news you need.

My focus is on Downtown neighborhoods including the North Loop, Loring Park, Elliot Park, Nicollet Island and the East Bank area. I’m also the person to call if you want to talk about Downtown transportation.

It’s been an exciting issue, and I can’t wait to keep everyone informed about Downtown news. You can contact me at or 436-4371.