Award winning journalist Kerri Miller is host of MPR News with Kerri Miller, Talking Volumes and the national show Flyover on MPR. She is also an entrepreneur as co-founder of SmartSex, a podcast and educational event brand. The range of Kerri’s expertise and interests as well as the breadth of her following made Scouts curious to learn more…

Q: What advice would you give someone starting out in your industry?

A: Read, read, read. I’m always surprised when I encounter young journalists who don’t read what other journalists, opinion leaders and fiction writers are saying about the world.

Q: If you could try a different job for a day, what would you choose?

A: I’d hang out with the brain researchers & the brain surgeons at the U of M. They’re rock stars. Maybe they’d let me get my “feet wet” with a brain surgery or two.

Q: What is your mantra?

A: There’s no stress that a great workout can’t cure. Endorphins forever!

Q: How do you get yourself out of a slump?

A: I plan a trip. Even the anticipation of seeing a new place is a fix for the blues.

Q: What companies or leaders do you admire?

A: I admire Mary Pokluda of Bumblebee Personal Assistants, Krista Tippett, “On Being,” and Susan Boren, a long time recruiter and consultant who is also on the MPR board.

Q: What has been the biggest shift you’ve noticed in your industry in the last decade?

A: Quantity over quality. As the margins in newsrooms have shrunk, news managers have turned to a “warm body” strategy.

Q: Who has been most instrumental in your career?

A: My news mentor, Jack Campbell. When I was a newbie reporter, he would send me out the door with provocative questions that could bring a press conference to a standstill. I learned not to be afraid to ask a tough question.

Q: What is your go-to celebration meal, drink or tradition?

A: I’m pretty fond of a well-made Margarita and just discovered some yummy ones at Pajarito.