Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Editor Bios

Jayne Haugen Olson, Editorial Director

Named the Best Content Director by internationally reknowned The Content Council in 2015, Jayne joined Mpls.St.Paul Magazine as lifestyle editor in 2000 and was instrumental in leading the vision of the magazine's retail, lifestyle, and trend features. She launched what is now the Shop + Style section and led content teams for Mpls.St.Paul Shops, Mpls.St.Paul Home & Design, and Mpls.St.Paul Weddings.


Kelly Ryan Kegans, Executive Editor

The daughter of an Air Force pilot, Kelly is used to moving frequently. But she didn’t have to travel far to join Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, having most recently led the Better Homes and Gardens Home Design staff. Before that, Kelly was accustomed to the warmer climes of the south and saying “hey, y’all” when she was a reporter for several Texas-based magazines and daily newspapers, including The Dallas Morning News. Kelly brings with her extensive experience producing vibrant visual story packages and leading talented editorial teams in creating award-winning content that engages, inspires, and informs.


Drew Wood, Deputy Editor

The editor for and contributing features and arts editor for the print magazine, Drew Wood was formerly the Twin Cities and Travel editor for and, prior to that, the Editor in Chief for Minnesota Business Magazine. Drew holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English, but ditched his original plan of becoming an English professor when he realized that it required lots of reading and deep thinking, and was actually very boring. He lives in a neat old house in Tangletown with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs.


Emily Howald Sefton, Deputy Features Editor and Weddings Editor

Emily Howald Sefton moved to the Twin Cities after a five-year stint in Chicago, where she perfected the art of creating order amid chaos (also known as magazine deadlines). As a writer and a managing editor for Chicago Social and Chicago Social Weddings, Emily cultivated the appropriate experience to wordsmith her way to Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, where she quickly said "I Do" to the role of Deputy Features editor and Weddings editor. Prior to earning a paycheck, Emily earned her masters from Northwestern University and her B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. When she’s not busy exploring the nearest wedding venue or the latest workout trend, Emily spends time with her husband, daughter, and mini-labradoodle. You might catch her raving about the Green Bay Packers (Note: She is not, nor will she ever be, a Vikings fan) or teetering in uncomfortably high heels.


Allison Kaplan, Senior Editor, Shopping + Style

Ali Shops. All the time. An authority on retail and fashion, Ali’s writing has appeared in numerous publications prior to joining Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Ali hosts Shop Girls on myTalk107.1 every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is a frequent guest on other radio and television programs. Her Ali Shops blog at is a popular resource for shopping scoops and tips. She grew up immersed in the retail world, commentating her first fashion show with her mom at age 6.


Stephanie March, Senior Editor, Food + Dining

When Mpls.St.Paul Magazine senior editor of food & dining Stephanie March isn't out searching for the perfect bite or best Sazerac, she can be found on her weekend radio show, Weekly Dish on myTalk 107.1.


Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, Senior Writer

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl was born in New York City, little aware of her destiny—to eat out a lot in Minnesota. She has been writing about restaurants and wine since 1997, first as the restaurant critic for City Pages, then for Minnesota Monthly and Real Food, and now for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Her food writing has appeared in Gourmet, Saveur, Bon Appetit, and many other publications, and her last book was Drink This: Wine Made Simple. She has been nominated ten times for James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the food world, and has won five times.


Elizabeth Dehn, Contributing Writer

As MSPC's editorial director for General Mills by day, and a beauty blogger by night, Elizabeth credits much of her success and lack of sleep to the power of social media. Raised in Minneapolis, she spent years whipping up DIY face masks before embarking on an editorial career that has included Aveda, Target, Northwest Airlines, Nordstrom, Marie Claire, and the Star Tribune. Elizabeth is a regular contributor to Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, MyTalk 107.1 and Pinterest, where she presides as "one of the most powerful pinners in the world," according to Buzzfeed.


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