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Ramblings of Anna Pratt, Twin Cities journalist

Archive for December 2008

Desecration of Hmong graves in Thailand

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Listen to my story that aired on KFAI last night about a U of M human rights hearing on the desecration of Hmong graves in Thailand. (I’ll write a little more about it here later!) Also, note that this includes the rest of the newscast that ran 6-6:30 p.m. Unfortunately listeners have to contend with the sound of my voice–I was sick!

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December 30, 2008 at 7:47 pm

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Police Community Relations Council ends

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Minneapolis’ Police Community Relations Council (PCRC) is ending along with the Dec. 31 expiration of the federal mediation agreement that installed the group.

I interviewed longtime civil rights activist Ron Edwards, who never missed a meeting over the course of the PCRC’s five years. Edwards said that while the PCRC has been criticized for failing to meet many of its objectives, it helped to diversify the police force. What happens next with the agreement is unclear. My report for KFAI is here.

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December 24, 2008 at 7:42 am

Send me your personal stories about the news!

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Do you have personal stories about the news? Like, is there a newspaper, radio show, or TV network that reminds you of your childhood or a special moment in time? What is it that made the publication/outlet memorable? Did you buy a special Obama-wins newspaper edition? If so, why? Share your tales with me here or at annaprattjournalist@gmail.com. Considering the state of the media right now, with so many news outlets seeing cutbacks, I’m hoping to put together a multimedia piece on people’s personal anecdotes re: the news. Thanks in advance for your help!

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December 18, 2008 at 10:00 pm

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Today’s stories: Local ties to Obama administration, Bishops stand up for immigrant rights

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Today I spoke with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz about a meeting they’re attending tomorrow in Chicago with president-elect Barack Obama’s staff, where they’ll be offering recommendations for a new White House Urban Policy office.

Rybak said he and Kautz will be joining a cast of “big city” mayors. I got a chance to ask Rybak if he’s hoping to get a job with Obama. His answer: He loves Minnesota and wants to stay here. (However, I forgot to ask if he wants to run for governor.)

I also listened in on a Tuesday phone conference with some representatives of Minnesota Catholic Bishops, who, on the two-year anniversary of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement of Worthington’s Swift plant are calling for comprehensive immigration reform.

Go here to listen to both KFAI stories (along with other parts of the newscast). Hopefully you can forgive the rough parts. I’m new to radio. Did I mention I’m trying to expand my skills?

I also attended the last meeting of Minneapolis’ Police Community Relations Council (PCRC) which formed five years ago to address goals for minority inclusion in police work, according to a federal mediation agreement. More on this to come soon.

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December 18, 2008 at 5:25 am

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Will write for chocolate

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This cartoonist I found randomly has a great line of Will write for chocolate merchandise.

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December 15, 2008 at 7:32 am

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NPR coverage of LUSH

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On the side, I work as a nonfiction editor with a nonprofit publisher called Spout Press, that features experimental authors.

Weekend America on NPR ran a story on our Poetry Anthology “LUSH” on Saturday, December 13. It’s available on iTunes and the NPR site for your listening pleasure.

Click here to learn more about Spout Press.

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December 15, 2008 at 7:20 am

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Help me name my blog!

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Hey everyone,

I need help naming my blog! It’s meant to be a place for me to talk about work/life, at least for now. As you can see, there’s plenty of work to be done (i.e. adding images and links). Send your suggestions to me via comments or to annaprattjournalist@gmail.com. Thanks!

Best,

Anna

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December 14, 2008 at 9:04 pm

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