Chao Xiong

Reporter |  Hennepin County Courts
Xiong is a native of Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa, where he worked on the college paper, The Daily Iowan, for four years.

Kent Youngblood

Reporter |  Pro Sports
Youngblood covered the Vikings in two NFC title games, Gophers football in two bowl games, both the Wild and Wolves in conference championship series and three Lynx WNBA champions.He has been writing about sports for nearly three decades, including several years in Wisconsin covering the Green Bay Packers, including two trips to the Super Bowl.

Karen Zamora

Reporter |  Night desk
Previously, Zamora interned in the Star Tribune's features department, at the San Antonio Express-News and with NPR's "All Things Considered."

Jerry Zgoda

Reporter |  Minnesota United FC
Zgoda has been a Star Tribune sportswriter so long, his first beat directly out of college was covering the North Stars. In nearly 30 years, he has covered the NHL, the Wolves and the NBA twice (he missed the first Kevin Garnett era, which says something about his sense of timing), Gophers and NCAA athletics, the radio/TV beat, major-championship golf and outdoor recreation.

Suzanne Ziegler

Team leader |  Minneapolis
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Ziegler now lives in Edina with her husband and Australian cattle dog named Scout. She has two adult sons, who live in Minneapolis. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1984 with a degree in journalism.