Exciting week reporting from Minnesota! First: in Sunday’s New York Daily News, a story about conjoined twins Abby & Brittany Hensel, who have a new reality tv show starting tonight on TLC. The twins have been featured on tv specials since they were babies; the new show chronicles their post-college lives. For this story, I visited their hometown and interviewed their high school teachers and friends in rural Minnesota.
Here’s the story, written by Gina Salamone.
And today at Conde Nast Traveler, check out a slideshow of foods on a stick found at the Minnesota State Fair. This features all of my own photography.
Click here to see jalapeños dipped in chocolate and spaghetti & meatballs on a stick, among other things.
I’m very proud of my latest Star Tribune story, a profile of a controversial Minneapolis figure–the city’s bicycle coordinator. He was targeted with negativity before he even got the job; the position was announced the same day as firefighter layoffs. I spent quite a few hours with Shaun Murphy on the job and saw how someone at the helm of an issue that is pretty divisive here has managed to bring people together.
Here’s the story.
Also, another story from last week, about Tie Society– a Netflix-like subscription service for renting ties by mail. “Tie Rental Service Sticks Its Neck Out” – Star Tribune, July 30, 2012.
For my latest Star Tribune story, I staked out a piano at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport and spoke to a few high-flying Mozarts.
Sharyn Jackson is an award-winning journalist based in Des Moines, Iowa. A news reporter at the Des Moines Register, Sharyn originally hails from Jersey City, New Jersey. Her work has appeared in the New York Daily News, Time.com, the Village Voice, the Newark Star-Ledger, Time Out New York, CNTraveler.com, WNYC/New York Public Radio, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and other news organizations. Continue Reading…
Photo: Tom Wallace, Star Tribune
In the Star Tribune:
at the Kaposia Days Festival
–“How to build a better beach house”
— an investigation into the secret world of sandcastles
–Brave New Workshop
satirist Lauren Anderson
AND, I’ve recently begun writing for Queerty.com. My first post this past Monday was about Florida’s Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll making some pretty incendiary statements about what a lesbian looks like. Check back every Monday for more from me at Queerty.
I interviewed two of the artists who have contributed to the Breaking Bad Art Project, a cool promotion for season 5 that includes 16 original graphics inspired by iconic episodes or scenes.
I am a huge fan of “Breaking Bad” so it was very exciting to see a packet of these posters at work today!
Two new stories in the Minneapolis Star Tribune: First, a review of “Wits,” Minnesota Public Radio’s comedy/music show, which starred Amy Sedaris and They Might Be Giants
Second, an article about how the Minnesota Historical Society is drawing younger audiences with some historical drinking events.
For Conde Nast Traveler’s blog, I wrote this story about UFO-friendly sites around the country, like Roswell, NM. Last summer at this time, I was in Roswell for the UFO Fest, which included an amazing stop at the Alien Wine Festival. Yes, we got to keep the glasses.
Susanna Gray, local designer of cashmere bondage accessories. Photo: Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune
Three new stories this weekend in the Star Tribune:
The first is about a theater company in Minneapolis that stopped charging admission to their shows. This is the end of Mixed Blood Theatre’s first season of “Radical Hospitality.” How’d it go for them? Read on.
More arts and entertainment institutions here are becoming increasingly accommodating to bike commuters. Take a look.
And, an increase in the sales of sex toys thanks to the popularity of “Fifty Shades of Grey” hits the Twin Cities. Check it out.
In the Star Tribune, a profile of Daniel Alexander Jones, the creator of the show “Jomama Jones: Radiate Live!” Here.
And an interview with “Savage Love” columnist Dan Savage. Here.