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Zac Farber is managing editor of the online news site Berkeleyside

He previously served as editor of the Southwest Journal, a free 30,000-circulation, biweekly community newspaper serving 21 neighborhoods in Southwest Minneapolis. He supervised a staff of two full-time reporters, one web editor and dozens of freelancers, columnists, photographers and paid editorial interns. In 2020, the paper’s staff won eight awards in the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists (MNSPJ) Page One Award contest — more than any other non-daily newspaper in the state.

Farber has also worked as the web editor of Finance & Commerce and Minnesota Lawyer. He managed the websites, social media accounts and digital strategy of the papers, edited freelancer and staff stories, and wrote cover stories and a regular political and legal history column

He has won seven awards from the MNSPJ and the Minnesota Newspaper Association for his enterprise reporting, hard news writing, social issues coverage and arts journalism.

He has also worked as a web producer at WCCO-TV and as an editor at Patch.com in the Twin Cities. At Macalester College in St. Paul, Farber served as editor of his student newspaper, The Mac Weekly.