Reporter | Arts and Culture

Jenna Ross is an arts and culture reporter.

Before joining the Star Tribune's arts and entertainment team, she covered regional and breaking news as an enterprise reporter, spotting emerging issues and intriguing characters. Her favorite stories on that beat seemed to involve big lakes: the winter surfing scene on Lake Superior, the longtime teacher at a one-room schoolhouse on Lake of the Woods. She has also covered higher education and suburban news for the newspaper.


6 Minnesotans who were voices of inspiration in 2019

As the year draws to a close, let's be inspired by people who aspire to connect, heal and support their communities.


St. Paul Chamber Orchestra finishes year with a surplus for its rainy-day fund

Donations hit a record level as the orchestra tackled future financial challenges.


Looking to expand, Minnesota's Great Northern winter fest hires a music innovator

Liquid Music founder Kate Nordstrum will lead an expansion of the Twin Cities midwinter festival.


Inside the University of Minnesota's secret meat and cheese market

A small shop on the U's St. Paul campus has been selling dairy and meat at bargain prices for decades.


Minnesota Orchestra reports biggest deficit ever, but says it's fiscally 'strong'

A strong year for fundraising built its endowment, but provided less support for day-to-day operations than expected.


Former poet laureate Tracy K. Smith rediscovered poetry's power while crisscrossing rural America

Smith, who might be poetry's most generous ambassador, will discuss that love Nov. 21 in St. Paul as the final guest of this year's Talking Volumes series.


Minnesota singers welcome South African choir into their homes

Singers from South Africa and Minnesota raise their voices together again.


Minneapolis church is split over a tapestry that some call insensitive

First hung in 1974, "Churchmen in the New World" depicts Pilgrims and Native Americans gathered around a table as well as a slave ship.


Creativity is the sugar in their coffee at a monthly event for Twin Cities talents

Twin Citians of all stripes gather once a month to get inspired.


Writer Lindy West tackles everything from abortion to Donald Trump

Fierce and funny writer Lindy West fights misogyny in the media, arguing that bad pop culture breeds bad politics.