The Metropolitan is the independent newspaper of Metropolitan State University. Founded 1992. The Metropolitan is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press.



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Editor In Chief

James Berreth

James is the editor in chief for The Metropolitan and has been with the paper since Sept. of 2022. He started off as a politics and government writer but soon the position of politics and government editor was created, leading to his promotion. In Dec. of 2023, James took the helm at The Metropolitan as editor in chief. In his free time, James likes to spend time with his wife and four kids, fish, and golf.

Copy Editor 

Matthew Thompson

My name is Matt Thompson and I am a Government and Politics Writer as well as the current Copy Editor for The Metropolitan. I’ve been with the paper since early February of this year. In 2021, I earned my BA in Social Science from Metropolitan State University. Since then, I’ve been enrolled in the Masters of Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) program here at Metro State and I am due to graduate fall 2024. I have a passion for analyzing the biggest issues of our time, from climate change and biodiversity loss, to gender, race, and class dynamics in America, to AI and the Green Energy Transition. I relish seeing the through lines between ideas and how they influence people’s behavior, particularly when it concerns electoral politics.

When I’m not thinking about all things existential, you can find me walking or biking around the lakes, at coffee shops with friends, or just hanging out at home. I have recently began collecting a variety of house plants, and I cannot explain to you how much subtle joy they bring me. I also like to rock climb and to boulder when I have the time and energy. I try to get out on a wilderness trip with my friends once a year if I can, in years past we’ve visited state parks in the Dakotas, Wyoming, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I love the North Shore and my favorite food to make right now is minute-fried rice. It’s super cheap, quick, and really good. I love all the colors. I’m a libra I think. I’m more of a dog person.

Web & Social Media Editor

Paulo Cabral

 Arts & Entertainment Editor

Kaia Ryden

Kaia is a Technical Communication and Professional Writing major at Metro State. She loves crocheting and anything arts and crafts related. Kaia loves the outdoors, and often goes on hikes and trips up in northern Minnesota. While she is currently working at Trader Joe’s and the Metropolitan, Kaia hopes to become a technical editor in the future.

Opinion Editor

Leah Moe

Leah is the opinion editor for The Metropolitan and loves writing and working on her English degree. When she isn’t working, you can find her roller skating or paddleboarding!


Zi Ethan Wong

Safiya Said

Faculty Advisor

Zarah Moeggenberg