Aug 13th, 2017 by dispatchcast
Spenser Bickett covers the Brainerd City Council and education. A native of the Twin Cities, Bickett attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he majored in journalism with a minor in political science. After graduation, he worked for the International Falls Journal as a staff writer before coming to Brainerd.
Matt Erickson is the editor of the Brainerd Dispatch. He has been with the Brainerd Dispatch for 17 years, starting as a reporter in 2000 covering the city government and crime beats. In 2011, he took the position of night editor and was named editor in 2014. Erickson graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in communications.
Zach Kayser is the politics and government reporter at the Brainerd Dispatch. He also covers a hodgepodge of other topics, most importantly feature stories on veterans. Kayser is a 2012 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Morris. In his spare time he enjoys movies, birding, photography and shooting.
Chelsey Perkins covers county government, contributes to a regular food column "Puttin' on The Mitts" and hosts the DispatchCast. A lakes area native, Perkins graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with a bachelor's degree in professional journalism and a minor in social justice. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, she was a staff writer at the Echo Journal in Pequot Lakes and was the research editor at Utne Reader magazine.
Renee Richardson began her Brainerd Dispatch reporting career in 1996. She was named senior reporter a couple of years later, the second in the paper's history and became managing editor in February 2015. She continues to cover business, the Baxter City Council and produces a weekly health section, Monday Motivator, and writes feature stories. Richardson graduated from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor's degree in mass communications. She interned at the St. Cloud Times working on business stories.
Jennifer Stockinger has been a reporter at the Brainerd Dispatch since January 2000 and has covered pretty much every beat there is. Currently, her main coverage area is breaking news, public safety and the courts. She is also the entertainment editor. Stockinger grew up in the St. Cloud area and earned an associate's degree from Brainerd Community College, now called Central Lakes College. She then earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Moorhead State University in mass communication and journalism.