Laurie Hertzel is Senior Editor for Books and Special Projects at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where she has been an editor and writer for 14 years.

Her journalism has won many awards, including a National Headliner Award, a Society of Professional Journalists Investigative Reporting award, gold and silver medals from the William Allen White awards, and more. Her new memoir, News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist, will be published in September by the University of Minnesota Press.

Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Common Good Books.

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