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

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
Zac Farber

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 lives in Stevens Square with his partner, Victoria, and their indoor lemon tree.

Distribution Manager: Marlo Johnson / distribution@swjournal.com

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

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.


Office Manager: Amy Rash / arash@swjournal.com

Amy Rash is the Office Manager ad Ad Coordinator 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.


Account Executive: Owen Davis / odavis@swjournal.com
Owen Davis

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
Kathie Smith

Kathie spent her early career in advertising and loves being around print. For the past 15 years, she’s been teaching kids with special needs and has had the joy of raising a brilliant, beautiful and independent daughter. In her free time, you can find her letting her dog teach her new tricks about getting treats, and basically trying to run, bike or swim in no specific order. Being grateful every day is her biggest priority.