A few examples of my work as a journalist and news photographer.
From the 2008 Republican National Convention to August 2014, I was a political correspondent for Capitol Report and Politics in Minnesota.com, an association that unfortunately came to an end due to freelance budget cuts. My final feature was a profile on Minnesota DFL Party Chair Ken Martin. As I had in recent months, I also did the photography for this piece.
You’ve got to admit it. There is something about the combination of a night sky, an urban landscape, police in gas masks and riot gear, shouting protesters, and tear gas that will give even the most willfully rational being a case of the willies. — Kevin Featherly, “Amid the Chaos, An Oasis of Artful Calm,” Capitol Report and Politics in Minnesota, Sept. 3, 2008
Another recent story is a profile on Minnesota Rep. Kelby Woodard, who is leaving office to start a new school for impoverished Catholic kids in Texas. A really good guy, Kelby.
This one goes back to March, which I profiled former Minnesota House Speaker Steve Sviggum. Steve and I go back to his days as a high school basketball referee, when his district included part of Waseca County, where I was then stationed as local political reporter. This story aimed at getting Capitol Report’s audience of politicians, staffers, administrators and lobbyists up to speed on what Steve has been doing as a U of M instructor.
It’s not often that you get to interview a devoted socialist, but I got that chance when I interviewed David Riehle, a former railroad man and expert amateur labor historian who contributed to a documentary on the 1902 construction of Minnesota’s Capitol. The story, Ex-railroad Man Riehle Digs Deep to Preserve Minnesota’s Labor History, appeared in Capitol Report in 2012.
Delta Sky has been a great client over the years. Here is a May 2014 “In-Depth” package, “The Online MBA Comes Of Age.”
This July 2014 package, also published in Delta Sky, covered some exciting–indeed in some cases mind-bending–new technologies that are on the cusp of deployment in the heart health space: “A Change of Heart.”
Here is another from 2011, on the topic of online learning, carrying the title The New Classroom?
It’s not known what precipitated the incident between the two men at the memory loss unit of the Friendship Village retirement community. But according to [Helmut] Gutmann’s widow, Betty Gutmann, [Verne] Gagne picked up the diminutive and frail man and hurled him violently to the floor, breaking his hip.— Kevin Featherly, “Legendary Wrestler Verne Gagne and a Tragic Tale,” Minnpost.com, Feb. 18, 2009
A follow-up piece was published by MinnPost two days later, Verne Gagne and Aging Pro Athletes: Studies Focus on Brain Damage. It examined what has since become a widely reported theme–the connection between head trauma sustained by elite athletes and deadly Alzheimer’s-like brain diseases that often appear later in life.
“A course correction is needed, and Americans know it.” So begins the forward to a 2008 election law edition of William Mitchell Law Review. I collaborated on that piece with my friend, the former U.S. Congressman Tim Penny.
This 2005 Minnesota Monthly piece profiles Peter Hutchinson, the man who would’a-been governor—had enough people in 2006 been interested in casting a third-party vote. They weren’t. He wasn’t. But Peter is a good man who ran an honorable campaign, as this piece, “The People’s Wonk,” indicates.
Here a piece from 2010, also for the Capitol Report newspaper. It’s a profile on retiring St. Paul NAACP President Nathaniel Khaliq.
I was gratified that I got to know Adam Levy and his Honeydogs bandmates after trailing them around for a few weeks, after which the March 2006 edition of Minnesota Monthly published Honeydogs’ Life.
At that very moment, [Vice President Hubert] Humphrey’s nomination got under way at the Chicago amphitheater. [U.S. Sen. Eugene] McCarthy watched from a suite on the 23rd floor overlooking Grant Park as a violent clash unfolded–protesters on one side, police and National Guardsmen on the other. Authorities executed a precise pincer movement, reminding the professorial McCarthy of the ancient Battle of Cannae between Hannibal and the Romans. “A battle of purgatory,” he murmured as he turned away in disgust. — Kevin Featherly, “A Battle of Purgatory,” Minnesota Law and Politics, October/November 2008
Here’s an op-ed written with my friend Tim Penny, the former Congressman and current CEO of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Fund. It was published in the StarTribune and titled, “Don’t Stop Treating Third Parties Fairly.”
Right now, let’s invest several seconds in making a few assumptions about you, the reader. First, if you are scanning this article, chances are you are part of a small, politically fixated, fetchingly well-off demographic. And, second, you probably know well enough about the Wurzer-Eskola team on “Almanac,” perhaps the most successful local public-policy program in PBS history. So, let’s skip those points and jump to assumption No. 3: You are among either the estimated 50 percent of the “Almanac” audience that knows or the half that Cathy Wurzer insists does not know that she is married to her co-host. And since they are wed, it’s no breach of the couple’s hermetically sealed sense of journalism ethics to discuss their relationship, at least in the context of the show and their journalism careers. — Kevin Featherly, “The Odd Couple,” Minnesota Law and Politics, January 2003
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