picture of Adam Belz, smiling, scruffy face, brown sweater

My first full-time newspaper job was at The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after I started there as a summer intern in May 2006. I wrote a lot of briefs about car accidents, and covered floods, murders, kidnapping, county government, FEMA, tornadoes, house fires, and an immigration raid. I learned how to be a reporter from editors like Mary Sharp and Doug Beach.

In 2010 the Des Moines Register hired me as a metro reporter, then shifted me to the financial services beat. I learned about business by covering banks and insurance. I also occasionally wrote for the Money section of USA Today.

In June 2012 I took a job covering the economy at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. A four-part series I worked on with photographer David Joles won a 2014 SABEW Best in Business award. I'm a graduate of Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. My wife and son and I live in the Standish neighborhood of Minneapolis.

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