About Us

We are Southwest Minneapolis’ community newspaper, providing high-quality news coverage of government, schools, parks, crime, and more. We exist to serve our community with integrity by producing a reliable professional publication and are committed to fairness, teamwork, and openness to new ideas.

The Southwest Journal has been family-owned and operated in Minneapolis since 1990, and provides award-winning local news coverage for 20 neighborhoods in Southwest Minneapolis. Our small team of reporters, designers, salespeople, administrative staff and delivery personnel produce and deliver the free newspaper paper every two weeks to homes and businesses.

Janis Hall and Terry Gahan launched the newspaper in 1990 in their Linden Hills home, brainstorming ideas with a small news team at their kitchen table.

Their company Minnesota Premier Publications has since expanded to Minnesota Parent and Minnesota Good Age magazines. The newspaper has won many awards over the years, including the coveted Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Award and several honors from the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists and the Minnesota Newspaper Association. The newspaper’s offices are at 1115 Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.

 

Meet Our Staff

Publisher: Janis Hall / jhall@swjournal.com

Janis and Terry started the Southwest Journal in 1990 in their Linden Hills basement. Janis grew up reading the San Francisco Chronicle and remains a diehard newspaper fan. She lives in a 1916 Arts and Crafts house in Fulton with husband Terry, dogs Emmet and Lily, and cat Bello. And a massive number of books.

 

 

Co-publisher & Sales Manager: Terry Gahan / tgahan@swjournal.com
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Terry Gahan likes the newspaper business and the fun that comes with working with business and community leaders who recognize the Journals’ contribution to the community. He also enjoys spending time with his family, working out and playing music.

 

 

General Manager: Zoe Gahan / zgahan@swjournal.com
Zoe GahanYou know that thrill when the next issue of your favorite magazine arrives and you can’t wait to dive in? Or the joy of unfolding the newspaper over a cup of coffee and losing yourself for a time in the stories? Providing those small but treasured moments is what Zoe loves most about the publishing biz. That and working closely with MPP’s small, talented staff on projects big and small. She is proud to work at a locally-owned business that serves the community with high-quality content. When not at MPP, Zoe is likely cooking at home in Harrison Minneapolis, hiking, fishing, crafting, or tackling an impulsive home project that may or may not be finished anytime soon.

 

Editor: Zac Farber / zfarber@mnpubs.com
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Zac Farber joined the Southwest Journal in 2019. He fell in love with the pace and possibilities of community journalism while working at the news site Patch.com and covering cities across the metro. Most recently, he worked as the web editor for Finance & Commerce and Minnesota Lawyer, where he wrote a column on the state’s political and legal history. He came to the Twin Cities from Washington state in 2006 to attend Macalester College and graduated with a degree in political science. He’s lived in the West Calhoun neighborhood for the past seven years, though he spends much of his free time at his partner’s apartment in the Wedge, where they cohabitate with an indoor lemon tree.

 

Distribution Manager: Marlo Johnson / distribution@swjournal.com
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Marlo manages a roster of 50 carriers and drivers to efficiently distribute our publications to residents and bulk drop sites. He grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota. Marlo came to Minnesota Premier Publications in 2004 after working with national consumer magazines for a number of years.

 

Staff Writer: Nate Gotlieb / ngotlieb@swjournal.com
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Nate covers Minneapolis Public Schools, development, neighborhood news and more in Southwest Minneapolis. He worked for the Mankato Free Press and Fox Sports North before joining the Journal in fall 2016. Nate is a University of Minnesota graduate and a passionate Minnesota sports fan.

 

 

Staff Writer: Andrew Hazzard / ahazzard@swjournal.com

Andrew Hazzard covers Southwest Minneapolis neighborhoods, the local business scene and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. He worked for newspapers in Mississippi, North Dakota and the suburbs of the Twin Cities before joining the Southwest Journal in 2018. Andrew is a graduate of the University of Missouri where he studied journalism and Spanish. He lives in the Cedar-Isles-Dean neighborhood.

 

Creative Director: Valerie Moe / vmoe@swjournal.com
Valerie Moe is the Creative Director for the Southwest Journal — which means she works side-by-side with the other members of our small, yet powerful, design team as they create award-winning page layouts, cover designs and print advertisements. She joined the Minnesota Premier Publications (our parent company) family in 2007 as a graphic designer and was promoted to Creative Director in June of 2017. Valerie blogs about handy products she’s discovered while parenting (including some products that are for parenting multiples!) at mnparent.com/moe-mama for our sister publication, Minnesota Parent. In her free time, she enjoys doing art projects with her three young children and is also an Herbalife wellness coach.

 

Senior Graphic Designer: Micah Edel / medel@swjournal.com
micah edel mpp profile webMicah Edel is a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Advertising Design. He began his professional design career at a local advertising agency, where he went on to become Art Director. During his time in the advertising industry, he honed his love of publishing and followed his heart all the way to Minnesota Premier Publications. Micah loves nature, climbing trees, and being friends with animals. He loves to travel and visit far-away places, and in between, he lives in Golden Valley with his long-time partner and their German Shepherd, Bella, and mischievous cat, Finn.

 

Graphic Designer: Brenda Taylor / btaylor@swjournal.com
Brenda is a graphic designer for MPP. As a longtime South Minneapolis resident, she feels a strong connection to the hyperlocal news and stories in the Southwest Journal, Minnesota Parent, and Minnesota Good Age. Brenda feels that small, local businesses are a huge part of what make communities special and has previously worked as a web and graphic designer for other family-owned and non-profit organizations in Minneapolis. She holds degrees from Minneapolis College (formerly MCTC) and the University of MN, Morris in Graphic Design and Printmaking, respectively. When Brenda’s not working, she is either riding her bike, filling her brain with useless trivia, or trying to reach her lifetime goal of petting every dog in the world.

 

Office Manager: Amy Rash / arash@swjournal.com

Amy Rash is the Office Manager at Minnesota Premier Publications and she is so excited to be a part of the MPP team. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul. In her spare time she enjoys meeting new people, traveling, cooking, black and white photography and spending time with family. Amy is originally from Minnesota and loves exploring the state! She realized quite quickly that she is happiest when she’s near or on water! Amy is looking forward to working with you all.

 

Ad Coordinator: Hannah Dittberner / hdittberner@swjournal.com

Hannah Dittberner is Minnesota Premier Publications’ Ad Coordinator. She’s a University of Minnesota grad, who returned to the Cities after working at Zeitgeist, a nonprofit organization in Duluth, where she worked closely with the local community through event coordinating as well as managing their cinema and theater. When Hannah’s off the clock, you’ll most likely find her visiting family and friends up North, thrift store shopping, or catching a movie at the Trylon Cinema after indulging in a Fitz & Tonic at Du Nord’s Cocktail Room.

 

Account Executive: Owen Davis / odavis@swjournal.com
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Owen handles advertising sales, which is a great way to stay in touch with the local community, and a total blast. When he isn’t hard at work on that, he can be found teaching and performing music throughout the Twin Cities. He’s grateful to live in a place with such an appreciation for both art and journalism.

 

 

Account Executive: Nik Krawczyk / nkrawczyk@swjournal.com
Nik KrawczykNik came to working in sales at MPP after a long and winding journey through the American West, where he worked in jobs ranging from wildland firefighter to Nordic ski coach. A Wisconsinite by birth, the Midwest (and his mom’s cooking) called him back home in 2017. Outside of MPP, you’ll find him training for his next marathon, cruising singletrack, or watching the Wild play mediocre hockey. He lives in Minnetonka where he enjoys the solitude of the lakes and bike paths with his partner Lily and chatty cat Penelope. He is a graduate of Northern Michigan University, class of 2013.

 

Account Executive: Kathie Smith / ksmith@swjournal.com
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Kathie Smith began working at MPP in February, 2019.

 

 

 

Account Executive: Michele Gillman / mgillman@swjournal.com
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Michele Gillman, formerly known as Michele Gillman, is a classically-trained composer, scuba diver, and chicken farmer. Originating from Washington state she made her way to study at Northwestern University and landed in Minnesota. She lives in North Minneapolis amongst amazing friends and neighbors with an ever-evolving and vibrant community of people who are passionate, smart and forward thinking. She’s grateful to be living in such a wonderful part of the city, which is punctuated by working at Minnesota Premier Publications with a passionate team of thinkers and artists.