Brian Anderson (B.A. '66), editor of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine for 33 years, died March 16, 2010, after a nine-month struggle with leukemia. He was 65. Anderson played a key role in shaping the careers of many journalists in the Twin Cities and beyond during the longest tenure of any current city magazine editor in the United States.
He was honored in winter 2010 with the lifetime achievement award from the City and Regional Magazine Association. "The city magazine industry will forever have the indelible mark left by Brian Anderson. He had a significant impact on the entire editorial and content philosophies for the entire city magazine industry," CRMA executive director James Dowden said.
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty declared Feb. 13, 2010, Brian Anderson Day.
Anderson was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of SJMC and worked as a staff member of The Minnesota Daily while a student. Following graduation, he worked six years as a reporter for the former Minneapolis Tribune, three years in corporate relations, and two years in Washington, D.C., as a writer, researcher and speechwriter for then-U.S. Sen. Walter Mondale. He joined what was then called MPLS magazine in 1970, when its staff consisted of 12 members. He became editor in 1977.
He was an avid cross-country skier and a proud member and former president of the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. He is survived by his wife, Kari Shannon-Anderson; two children; and two stepchildren.
MPR NewsQ quoted MSP Communications President Gary Johnson as saying Anderson spent "33 years as a journalist without being strident, without being mean-spirited, and without making fun at other people's expense. He was a steady, positive, constructive and enlightened journalist."
Johnson said Anderson will be remembered for his quiet, kind manner.
"He was fairly spare and very level in his temperament and in his output,"Johnson said."I've worked with Brian for the past 32 years and he is a city magazine editor of the highest order -- a superb writer, an empowering manager and he's been a consistent and steady influence in guiding the content mission of the magazine."
Brian Lucas, who described Anderson as a mentor, wrote a tribute to him on www.leadershipandcommunity.com. "He loved Minnesota," Lucas wrote, "and he did his best to shine a light on what makes our community special. His columns in the magazine showed off his sense of humor and his sense of perspective about what makes this a great place to live."
In a Star Tribune story, Burt Cohen, former longtime Mpls. St. Paul publisher, said Anderson "was able to help people lead a better life in this community. That was the whole point of the magazine. He understood that and succeeded at that."
Roy E. Carter, Jr., retired professor of journalism, sociology and Latin American studies at the University of Minnesota, died Oct. 6, 2010, in Minneapolis. He was 88.
After a career as a newspaper reporter, editor and editorial writer in Minnesota, Kansas, Texas and Idaho, Carter earned a master's degree at the University of Minnesota and a doctorate at Stanford University. He was a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill before joining the University of Minnesota (1958-1990). His research topics included relationships between the press and the medical profession, survey methods, sampling, audience analysis, civil liberties and media and pioneer work in educational television.
Apart from his work at Minnesota and other U.S. universities, Carter also taught at several Caribbean, Central American and South American institutions. Carter held three Fulbright awards in Latin America and received an honorary degree from the University of Chile in recognition of his research in Latin America and his contributions to inter-American understanding.
His Latin American work included youth studies, media use analyses, family planning research, pre-electoral polls and occupational prestige and mobility analyses.
Carter was listed in Who's Who in America from 1976 onward. He is survived by his wife, Monica; three daughters and their mother, Ruby; and his grandson, Brian.
Ken Wisneski (B.A. '75), author of the "Old Liberal" column in the Stillwater Gazette, died Jan. 28, 2010, of congestive heart failure. He was 76.
His column ran for more than 20 years and"had an avid following," according to the Gazette's publisher, Mark Berriman, who was quoted in a Star Tribune obituary. "They waited for his weekly column, which took on a life of its own. It was full of humor, and you know it was his voice coming through his character. Readers had kind words for him and thanked him for his work."
Wisneski was known for his book reviews in the Star Tribune, his work for Minnesota Sun Newspapers and his love of fishing and golfing. He is survived by two children, one stepchild, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Wisneski began his career as a reporter for Sun Newspapers, won several awards and rose to executive editor in the 1970s. He also worked as a writing consultant for area businesses and mentored many young writers.