New biz reporter at Minnesota paper
Than Tibbetts has joined the staff of the Grand Rapids Herald-Review as the city government and business reporter, according to a short story in the Minnesota paper.
Tibbetts spent four years at the University of Minnesota and graduated in May with a bachelorâ€™s degree in journalism.
During that time, he was a staff reporter at the Minnesota Daily â€” one of the nationâ€™s largest college newspapers â€” covering athletics administration, science and technology, and the Universityâ€™s governing body, the Board of Regents.
Tibbetts also gained experience during internships at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minnesota Monthly.
Aside from his love of writing, Tibbetts has a passion for music. He has been playing guitar and singing in area bands for more than three years. Local residents may recognize him from his former bandâ€™s performances at the Rendezvous II or The Firehouse Bar and Grill in Coleraine.
Tibbetts said growing up in Cook, Minn., gave him an appreciation for small-town life, while his educational experiences gave him the ability to navigate large bureaucracies.
“I’m most proud of my reporting on the Gophers on-campus stadium bill,” he said. “I think I held my own against the bigger papers in town â€” the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press â€” and picked up a few scoops along the way.”
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