Best of

the Twin Cities

Best TV Newsperson

Jana Shortal

Last year, KARE 11’s Jana Shortal briefly became national news after Star Tribune gossiper C.J. published an ill-advised piece attacking Shortal for wearing “skinny jeans” while reporting on Jacob Wetterling. The paper apologized; Shortal seized the moment to make a point about being yourself. Lost in all that noise? The Breaking the News episode in question, a half-hour dedicated solely to the Wetterling case, was really, really good: dramatic, sad, revelatory, and humane. One year in, Breaking the News is pushing the bounds of local television talkers as a show that’s by turns patient and deep, fast and funny. America met Shortal first as the woman with the hip jeans. It will meet her next as the woman with the hip show on national TV.

Readers’ Choice: Jana Shortal

Best Coach Brady Starkey

Best College Athlete Kelly Pannek

Best Columnist Lee Schafer

Best Commercial Kinetico Water Softeners

Best Construction Project Vintage on Selby

Best Dressed Emily Eaton

Best Hipster Trend The Discovery of the Razor

Best instagram @exploreminnesota

Best Landmark Turnblad Mansion

Best Lynx Player Maya Moore

Best Parking Lot Victory Ramp

Best Place to People-Watch First Avenue's Halloween Dance Party

Best Podcast In the Dark

Best Politician Gov. Mark Dayton

Best Radio Personality Matt McNeil

Best Radio Station MPR News

Best Road Ayd Mill Road

Best Sign of Spring Kids Flocking to Como Park Zoo

Best Sports Fan Obadiah Gamble

Best Sports Highlight Gwen Jorgensen

Best Sports Talk Radio Host Cory Cove

Best Sports Team Gophers women's hockey team

Best Sports Writer Michael Russo

Best Sportscaster Tom Reid

Best Star in the Making Halima Aden

Best Suburb South St. Paul

Best Timberwolves Player Karl-Anthony Towns

Best TV Station TPT

Best Tweeter Kyle Matteson (@solace)

Best Twins Player Brian Dozier

Best Vikings Player Linval Joseph

Best Viral Video Grow Food by Appetite for Change

Best Way to Get Flipped the Bird Attempting the Zipper Merge

Best Website Streets.MN

Best Wild Player Mikael Granlund