Michael J. Klingensmith // Publisher and CEO

With a 35-year career in media, Mike Klingensmith is the publisher and CEO of Star Tribune. The Minnesota native took the reins of Star Tribune in 2010 following a distinguished tenure with Time Inc., where he held a series of management positions, including general manager of Time Magazine and CFO of Time Inc. He was the founding publisher of Entertainment Weekly, leading the magazine to its emergence as one of Time Inc.’s most profitable titles. Subsequently, he was named president of Sports Illustrated, expanding its print, television, and Internet profiles and launching SI.com. In 2001, he was named executive vice president at Time Inc.


Under Klingensmith’s leadership Star Tribune, the nation’s seventh-largest Sunday and 12th-largest daily newspaper, has improved profitability, achieved consistent circulation growth, and earned two Pulitzer Prize Awards, several Edward R. Murrow Awards, and a Gerald Loeb Award. In 2011, he was named “Publisher of the Year” by Editor & Publisher magazine.


Klingensmith earned his MBA and his bachelor’s degrees from the University of Chicago.