New managing editor takes the helm at the MSR

Evette Porter

The MSR is pleased to introduce Evette Porter as its new managing editor. A seasoned journalist, Porter is new to Minneapolis having spent most of her career as an editor, writer and publisher in New York City. Her career includes editorial roles at Essence, Black Enterprise, Crain’s New York Business, the Village Voice, Black Issues Book Review, The,,, and 

As a freelancer, she has written for the New York Daily News, the New York Times, Time Out NY, Vibe, Glamour, and the Huffington Post, among other publications. In addition, she has worked as a freelance editor at HarperCollins, St. Martin’s Press, Simon and Schuster, and Random House, as well as an editorial consultant to digital media startups. 

Born in New Orleans and raised in northern Louisiana, Evette has an almost-encyclopedic knowledge of sports and Black athletes, owing in part to her father being a long-time college football coach at HBCUs, and a subscription to Sports Illustrated. 

In addition to sports, she has covered politics, local and national elections, visual arts, theater, film, pop culture and books, as well as social and economic issues. Her passion for journalism began as a photographer for her college newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, and was stoked by the faculty at Columbia J-School, who taught her the tools of the trade.

She moved to Minneapolis a little more than a year ago to take a job as chief communications officer for the Minneapolis Public Schools. However, journalism has always been her passion. She looks forward to working with all the weekly writers, editors, photographers, contributors and staff in continuing the legacy of excellence at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. 

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