Our Team


Kenzie O’Keefe, Editor & Publisher

Kenzie has led North News since its relaunch in 2016. She is a trained journalist, project manager, high school teacher, marketer, and design thinker who has applied her devotion to culturally humble, empathy-driven storytelling in both nonprofit and for-profit environments. As editor and publisher of North News, she works with North Minneapolis residents, many of them youth, to ready their narratives for publication. She approaches her work with daily intention to tell the community's stories sensitively and accurately.


Cirien Saadeh, Small Business & Education Reporter

Cirien is a journalist, educator, and doctoral student who works at the intersections of journalism, social movements, experiential education, and sustainability. She is an Arab-American woman of color who was trained as a community organizer by the former Organizing Apprenticeship Project (now Voices for Racial Justice). She has written for local, national, and international publications and is committed to using journalism as a tool in the pursuit of justice for all historically disenfranchised communities. She joined the North News team in 2017. Her reporting on small business and education issues is made possible by the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation.


david pierini, contributing photographer

David has been a writer and photographer since the eighth-grade. He has degrees from Michigan State University and Western Kentucky University and has worked for a number of newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune. He was twice named Indiana Photographer of the Year while working for The Herald in Jasper, Indiana. He has been a contributing photographer for North News since 2016.


Daija Triplett, Intern Reporter

Daija Triplett has been an intern for North News for since she was a high school sophomore in 2016. Amidst challenges and continued resilience, she graduated from high school in 2018 and is pursuing a communications degree at MCTC. During her time at North News, she has interviewed high profile Minneapolis leaders like Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff, family members of Jamar Clark and Thurman Blevins, and Irene Fernando, one of the first people of color to be elected to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners. In Fall 2018, she introduced internationally-recognized journalist Shaun King at a Pillsbury United Communities fundraiser and had a chance to interview him after his speech.