About

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. The paper hits the newsstands every Wednesday and mailboxes every Thursday and has an estimated 40,000 weekly readers.

(Below, Publisher Tracey Williams-Dillard shares a few words about her family’s legacy, courtesy of Fox 9 News)

On November 20, 2015, the MSR building at 3744 4th Avenue in South Minneapolis was designated as a historic landmark in the state of Minnesota by a full Minneapolis City Council vote at City Hall.

(Below, a clip of the City Council vote designating the MSR building as a historic landmark, and Tracey Williams-Dillard sharing her thoughts about the honor).

MSR Membership

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