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.


In Minnesota study, U's engineers try to orchestrate a return to concerts

The University of Minnesota is working with the Minnesota Orchestra to study aerosols, with hopes of getting musicians back on stage.


Author Sarah M. Broom made childhood home into something much bigger in 'The Yellow House'

Talking Volumes guest rebuilt "The Yellow House" as a metaphor of America.


Minnesota Orchestra musicians agree to 2-year contract extension, 25% pay cut

Two-year contract extension reverses cuts after a year if whole orchestra begins performing for a full audience.


Ramsey County jail inmate died of apparent natural causes

Nurses and correctional officers tried lifesaving measures, but paramedics pronounced the 38-year-old dead.


Minnesota artists rise to meet a daunting challenge

Facing the uncertainties of the pandemic and mounting demands for social justice, artists are finding novel ways to connect with audiences.


These 143 historic boathouses offer a peek into Minnesota's past

A collection of boathouses on Lake Vermilion, built by miners, hint at the area's work-hard, play-hard past.


These 5 civil rights leaders changed Minnesota — but not as much as they hoped

For decades, these leaders marched and protested, rallied and fought against injustice.


Black MPR classical music host says he was fired after switching up playlist

Radio execs say he was warned several times about copyright concerns in changing playlists.


Staff shakeup at Walker Art Center aims to raise its 'public voice'

In a staff shakeup, the Minneapolis art center tries to refocus on "what matters to people."


Minnesota woman builds elaborate mini State Fair in her backyard

Some devoted State Fair lovers are crafting backyard homages, with classic booths and foods.