Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
TypeWeekly newspaper (Thursday)
Owner(s)Tracey Williams-Dillard
Founder(s)Cecil Newman
EditorMel Reeves
FoundedAugust 10, 1934; 88 years ago (1934-08-10)
LanguageAmerican English
Headquarters3744 Fourth Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55409
CountryUnited States
Circulation9800 (as of 2019)[1]
ReadershipTwin Cities
OCLC number43310423

The Minnesota Spokesman–Recorder is an African-American, English-language newspaper headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and serves readers in the Twin Cities. Founded in 1934 by Cecil Earle Newman (who remained editor until his death in 1976),[2] it is the oldest continuously operated black newspaper and longest-lived black-owned business in Minnesota.[3][4][5] The current CEO of the paper is Newman's granddaughter, Tracey Williams-Dillard.[3][6] The current editor is Mel Reeves.[7][8]


The newspaper's first issue appeared on August 10, 1934 as the St. Paul Reporter.[9] Until 2000, it released weekly alongside The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, also published and edited by Newman (until his death in 1976).[2][10][11] The newspaper office moved from St. Paul to 3744 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, in 1958.[12] Under Newman's leadership, the newspaper played a key role in the civil rights movement in Minnesota.

After Newman's death in 1976, his wife Laura took over operation of the papers. In 2000, she merged them into a single title, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. In 2007, Newman's granddaughter Tracey Williams-Dillard became CEO of the paper.[3]

The late photographer, filmmaker, writer, and composer Gordon Parks was a photo-journalist for the newspaper.[13]

The newspaper building on Fourth Avenue was declared a historic landmark in 2015 for its association with the civil rights movement in Minnesota.[13]

The Minnesota Spokesman–Recorder is a member of the National Newspaper Association, Amalgamated Publishers, Inc., Metropolitan Economic Development Association, Minnesota Minority Media Coalition, and Minnesota Newspaper Association.[14][15]

In 2021, the newspaper's archives from 1934 to 1964 were publicly digitized in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Minnesota Historical Society.[5][16]

See also


  1. ^ "Minnesota Newspaper Directory" (PDF). Minnesota Newspaper Association. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Glover, Maury (2021-11-08). "Oldest Black newspaper in Minnesota to headline new season of 'Small Business Revolution'". FOX 9. Retrieved 2021-11-09.
  3. ^ a b c "About Minnesota spokesman-recorder. (Minneapolis, MN) 2000-current". Chronicling America, Historic Newspapers. Library of Congress. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  4. ^ Sanna, James (July 15, 2008). "Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder turns 75". Twin Cities Daily Planet.((cite news)): CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  5. ^ a b Mikus, Matt (30 May 2021). "'Super cool': Minnesota's oldest Black-owned newspaper puts its archive online". MPR News. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  6. ^ Raihala, Ross (13 November 2021). "Streaming show 'Small Business Revolution' shines the light on six Black-owned Twin Cities businesses". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  7. ^ Darrach, Amanda (26 April 2021). "Q&A: Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder's Mel Reeves on the Chauvin verdict". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  8. ^ Hare, Kristen (22 April 2021). "How journalists in Minnesota covered a story that shook the world". Poynter Institute. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder". African American Registry. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  10. ^ Leipold, L. E. (2005). "Cecil E. Newman, Newspaper Publisher, quoted by The African American Registry". Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-22.
  11. ^ Burnside,Tina (2017). "Southside African American Community, Minneapolis". www.mnopedia.org. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  12. ^ Brandt, S (2015). "Spokesman-Recorder building moving toward historic designation". Star Tribune. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  13. ^ a b "Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder Building Individual Landmark". Minneapolis.MN.gov. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  14. ^ "Members of the National Newspaper Association". NNPA.org. 18 July 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  15. ^ "About the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder". Spokesman-Recorder.com. 4 October 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  16. ^ "Minnesota's oldest Black-owned newspaper puts archive online". The Associated Press. 31 May 2021. Retrieved 14 November 2021.

Further reading

Coordinates: 44°56′06″N 93°16′14″W / 44.934872°N 93.270480°W / 44.934872; -93.270480 (W: Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder)