On August 10, 2015, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) began its 81st year of publishing and serving the community!

The MSR is the oldest Black-owned business in the state of Minnesota. Established in August 1934 by Cecil E. Newman, the MSR today remains a family-run newspaper that is African American and woman-owned, led by CEO/Publisher, Tracey Williams-Dillard, granddaughter to Mr. Newman.

(See the clip below from Fox 9 News for a glimpse of MSR history).

The MSR has deep roots in the Minneapolis and St. Paul communities and has played a major role in events such as:

• Juneteenth
• Rondo Days
• UNCF Walk-A-Thon
• MEDA Annual Gala
• Northrop Auditorium’s presentation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem
• Minnesota Twins African American Heritage Celebration
• Minneapolis Urban League Family Day
• The Gathering


• The MSR hits the newsstands every Wednesday and mailboxes every Thursday.
• The MSR has an estimated 40,000 weekly readers and over 10,000 e-Subscribers.
• The MSR is a cultural and respectful link between African Americans and their community.


Amalgamated Publishers, Inc.
Metropolitan Economic Development Association
Minnesota Minority Media Coalition
Minnesota Newspaper Association
National Newspapers Publishers Association