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News Tribune forms investigative reporter team

Jana Hollingsworth and Brooks Johnson

Jana Hollingsworth and Brooks Johnson are very familiar to Duluth News Tribune readers. Their in-depth coverage of local education and business, respectively, has kept readers readily informed and constantly updated about those two important beats.

Now, Jana and Brooks are teaming up to form an investigative team here at the DNT. Two of their first investigative projects are featured on our front page today — Jana's closer look at the Duluth school district's struggle to sell the former Duluth Central High School building. And Brooks teamed up with Peter Passi to publish "Reining in TIF," an exploration of how much money is tied up in Duluth's active tax increment financing districts.

Jana and Brooks will no longer cover education and business exclusively — other reporters will pick up those duties — but will instead pursue stories across all of the News Tribune's beats. They'll work together and with other reporters and editors to research, investigate and publish stories that go beyond the day's breaking news or the churn of beat stories.

Readers want to see more investigative journalism, and while the News Tribune has always considered that a primary responsibility, we're excited to provide more investigative stories through this team approach.

If you have any story tips or leads to check out, please contact Jana at (218) 279-5501 or jhollingsworth@duluthnews.com and Brooks at (218) 723-5329 or bjohnson@duluthnews.com.

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