Pressroom Podcast

Tune in every Wednesday to hear Duluth News Tribune reporters Brady Slater, Christa Lawler and Tom Olsen talk with local guests about music, shipwrecks, giant ducks, politics, food and more.

Latest Episodes
Duluth News Tribune Minute launches in February
Mon Jan 25 14:00:15 EST 2021
Duluth News Tribune readers will now be able to hear the top stories of the day in a quick, easy-to-follow podcast.

The "Duluth News Tribune Minute" will feature the most important news from around the Northland, including weather and sports, every weekday morning. Brought to you by the reporters at the Duluth News Tribune, Superior Telegram and Cloquet Pine Journal, the podcast will provide listeners the local news they need to start their day.

The first episode will be available Monday, Feb. 1. Subscribe and listen at, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

Listen to this: New podcast by the Duluth News Tribune
Thu May 07 15:27:12 EDT 2020
Hey Pressroom Podcast listeners. No, we aren't back with new episodes. Sorry. But we do want to let you know about a new podcast produced by the Duluth News Tribune that you might be interested in.

One hundred years ago, on June 15, 1920, three black circus workers, Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie, were wrongfully accused of sexual assault and murdered by a mob. In this six-part series, the News Tribune will look back at one of Duluth, Minnesota’s dark moments in history, a time when an estimated 10,000 people participated in or were witness to a hate crime — then didn’t talk about it again publicly for more than 60 years. 

The Duluth Lynchings is produced by the Duluth News Tribune's Christa Lawler and Samantha Erkkila, with reporting by newsroom staff. The first episode airs Thursday, May 14, but you can listen to the trailer here first.

Non-episode: Be back soon
Wed Jul 31 01:00:00 EDT 2019
The bad news: We're going on hiatus.

The good news: We will be back later this year with even more things Duluth.  

In the meantime, if you have suggestions for guests, topics or just want to say hello, you can reach us at  

Thanks for listening and we will be back soon. 

Episode 188: Farming in the Northland with Heather-Marie Bloom
Wed Jul 24 12:00:46 EDT 2019
She’s been coined the “landless farmer.”

Heather-Marie Bloom never set out to be a farmer, but after taking a farming course and leasing some land in Esko in 2011 she was hooked. She now operates Rising Phoenix Community Farm, a CSA (community supported agriculture) south of Floodwood where she leases 2-acres of land.

During the growing season, Bloom lives in a tiny house, which she built with the help of her father, on the farmland so she can tend to her crops more easily.

Episode 187: Analyzing politics with UMD's Cynthia Rugeley
Wed Jul 17 01:00:00 EDT 2019
This week we are joined by a Texas native who has quickly become a go-to political authority for Northland media when it comes to analyzing national politics.  

University of Minnesota Duluth political science professor, and former journalist, Cynthia Rugeley (rhymes with hugely) discusses Sen. Amy Klobuchar on the debate stage, the Democratic Debates as a whole, and her idea that President Trump’s worst sin is accusing critics of a crime.

She also talks about local politics and shares why Minnesota, a purple state in her opinion, is an interesting state to follow on a local level.

Episode 186: Breaking down patterns of violence with writer Chris Godsey
Wed Jul 10 01:00:00 EDT 2019
This week we have with us a writer who caught a wide audience with his recent Saturday Essay “Why Some Men Kill Women” on Perfect Duluth Day

After a Duluth man was charged with fatally stabbing his wife not too far away from his home, Chris Godesy felt compelled to share his experiences and thoughts on men’s violence against women. 

Godsey, who now works with the nonprofit Men as Peacemakers, shares what we can do to break down patterns of male dominance and how we can become more self-aware of our own behavior.

Episode 185: Basically improv with Duluth Huskies broadcast interns
Wed Jul 03 01:00:00 EDT 2019
This week a pair of radio broadcasters whose voices have become a regular part of Duluth summers stop by the newsroom.

Duluth Huskies summer broadcast interns Eric Moon and Andrew Murphy, as heard on 92.1 The Fan, share how they got here, what they like best about Duluth and Wade Stadium, and what broadcasters they look up to, which leads us to an impeccable Harry Caray impersonation.

Episode 184: Lining up summer entertainment with the DECC’s Jeff Stark
Wed Jun 26 01:00:00 EDT 2019
Summer is just ramping up in Duluth and with that comes a full lineup of outdoor concerts at Bayfront Festival Park. 

This week, Jeff Stark, head of DECC venue operations, joins us to talk about what goes into booking big names and big community events at the waterfront park overlooking the Aerial Lift Bridge.  

Stark’s first job was at the DECC at age 16 and he has been there ever since. He shares a few tales from behind-the-scenes, including a face-to-face interaction with Bob Dylan, and what secret assignment he had during the day of the Trump rally, which was around a year ago.

Episode 183: Supporting women in leadership with Beth Olson
Wed Jun 19 01:00:00 EDT 2019
Being the only woman on the St. Louis County Board can be a “lonely” job.

This week County Commissioner Beth Olson, representative for West Duluth, shares what made her decide to run for a position that is predominantly male across the state of Minnesota.

She shares how she is supporting other women in leadership roles, what she is learning from her constituents and how she measure success.

And make sure you listen all the way to the end to see what Olson is into this week. She is living her best life by fulfilling a longtime dream of hers.

Episode 182: Winning the first Grandma’s Marathon with Wendy Cregg
Wed Jun 12 01:00:00 EDT 2019
In the summer of 1977, an 18-year-old girl from the Iron Range who just wanted to see if she could run a marathon became the first woman to cross the finish line of a now iconic race.

On this week’s episode, Wendy (Hovland) Cregg, the first Grandma’s Marathon female champion, shares what it was like to run the inaugural race and what competitive sports were like for women in the 70s when Title IX was enacted by Congress.