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Marianne Combs is an American journalist based in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota.

Marianne Combs
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NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States
OccupationJournalist
AwardsJournalist of the Year, 2020 (Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists)

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Life and Career

A veteran reporter with more than fifteen years with the news desk of Minnesota Public Radio, Combs publicly resigned from MPR on September 13, 2020.[1] In an open letter, Combs (a highly respected journalist) accused MPR News editors of blocking a feature story exposing a longtime history of sexual misconduct by DJ Eric Malmberg, a staff member at the MPR station (The Current). This open letter soon went viral,[2] leading to the firing of Malmberg the following day.[3] The scandal led to the resignation of Jon McTaggart, the president of MPR's parent organization American Public Media on September 23, 2020.[4]

Prior to her resignation from MPR, Marianne Combs authored numerous[5] feature[6] stories[7] showcasing investigative journalism, including on 1980s-era sexual abuse at the Minneapolis-based Children's Theatre Company and its legal fallout in the late-2010s.

Combs received the “Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists”[8] Journalist of the Year award on June 10, 2020.[9]

Marianne Combs in the Media

  

References

  1. Raihala, Ross (14 September 2020). "Longtime MPR reporter Marianne Combs resigns after she says #MeToo allegations against a Current DJ were dismissed". Pioneer Press. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  2. Considine, Basil (30 September 2020). "Unsafe On Any Stage: Alcoholism And Silence At Theatre In The Round". Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  3. MPR News Staff. "MPR says DJ Eric Malmberg fired from The Current". 14 September 2020. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  4. McKinney, Matt and Neal Justin (23 September 2020). "CEO of Minnesota Public Radio's parent organization tells staff he will step down". Star Tribune. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  5. Combs, Marianne (14 August 2019). "Children's Theatre Company settles with six survivors". Minnesota Public Radio News. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  6. Combs, Marianne (16 October 2019). "Innocence Lost: Rumors, alarms got nowhere". Minnesota Public Radio News. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  7. Combs, Marianne (7 October 2019). "Innocence Lost: A culture of abuse". Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  8. http://www.mnspj.org/
  9. Minnesota Public Radio (10 June 2020). "Congratulations to MPR's 2020 SPJ Page One Award Winners". American Public Media. Retrieved 5 October 2020.

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