Jim Bickal, a Grinnell College alumnus, is the senior producer for Morning Edition on Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) News. MPR, an important news source for many individuals in and outside of the state, works to “enrich the mind and nourish the spirit” of all audiences. Morning Edition, based in St. Paul with hosts from Washington and Los Angeles, brings listeners the news they need to start their day informed of national and international news. The show runs from 4 to 9 a.m. every weekday.
As the senior producer for Morning Edition, Bickal oversees the making of the radio show. He also has published articles through MPR that cover topics ranging from sports to politics. Radio producers often take part in all stages of radio production, needing both creative and technical skills to be successful in the multifaceted role.
In April of this year, Bickal participated in the well-known Minnesota Twins mascot race that takes place between the fourth and fifth innings of every home game. He dressed as Louie the Loon and ran alongside a friend, William Wilcoxen, dressed as Wanda the Walleye. Unfortunately, Biackal pulled his hamstring during the performance and was unable to finish the race.