Pat Lopez has been chosen by Star Tribune Editor Nancy Barnes to be the paper’s new political editor. She replaces Doug Tice, who moved to the paper’s editorial page (replacing Eric Ringham, who left the paper to become an editorial voice at Minnesota Public Radio).
As political editor, Lopez will direct both state and federal coverage. What to expect from Lopez? "More distinctive high-profile political stories that nobody else has," she told me.
Replacing Lopez is a person yet to be named. Unclear at this point is whether the paper will hire internally or elsewhere.
The rest of the top-notch political coverage team remains: Kevin Diaz and intern Eric Roper in Washington, and Mark Brunswick, Kevin Duchschere, Pat Doyle and Mike Kaszuba.