Photo by the talented    Deb Kates   .

Photo by the talented Deb Kates.


I'm Cinnamon Janzer, a Minneapolis-based freelance journalist dedicated to covering lesser-told stories across Middle America.

Originally from North Dakota, I report on (and from!) the Midwest any chance I get. My work covers a range of topics from surfing Lake Superior and economic diversification in Appalachia to the tenant's rights movement in Minneapolis and how doctors perceive the pain associated with IUD insertion. However, I'm most committed to telling stories about the Midwest that challenge and change the stereotypes the region faces.

My words have appeared in places like the Guardian, National Geographic, the Columbia Journalism Review, New York magazine, the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report,, Fast Company, Fodor's Travel, USA Today's Go Escape magazine, AFAR, Next City, Artful Living magazine, and more. I was even on TV once (!), chatting about pizza farms. My academic work has been published in the journal Design and Culture and the books Developing Citizen Designers and the Social Design Reader.

I hold an M.A. in Social Design, with a specialization in intervention design, from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Fine Art from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. I'm a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Federation of Press Women.

When I'm not typing away, you can find me refining my Spanish in Mexico City and surfing as much as I can—all with my dog, Gus, by my side.

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