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About Casey

The second-place finisher in the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest for his press photographer's portfolio in 2019, Casey Ek has spent his career honing his skills as a multimedia journalist. 

Currently based in the Twin Cities, Casey is a freelance reporter and photographer, covering breaking news, education, politics, or anything interesting.


Casey worked at the Belle Plaine Herald from 2018 - 20,  where he was in charge of a large portion of the publication's editorial and social media content. Prior to that, Casey was a photographer and multimedia reporter with the Mankato Free Press.

Casey earned his journalism degree with a minor in religion from American University in 2016. 

He is constantly looking for new projects and collaborative opportunities within the Twin Cities, so if you have a tip, feel free to contact him. He might even buy you a cup of coffee!

Aside from his work, Casey is a musician and a budding Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu player. 

On this website, you will find samples of and links to Casey's recent work. Ranging from heart-wrenching to whimsical, Casey's works attempt to show as many sides to his subjects as possible. Included are photos, videos, and written stories.

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Latest Headlines


Ramsey Middle School considers dropping former governor as its namesake

Ramsey Middle School may have a new name as early as this fall. A committee of teachers, students, parents and school district staff is recommending the change to the Saint Paul School Board.


Freedom House’s homeless clients trouble West 7th businesses

Kathy Gosiger was preparing for a busy evening as general manager of Tom Reid’s Hockey City Pub when a young man walked in with a backpack and a skateboard.


Dufault's last shot wins state title for Waseca

Ryan Dufault kept dribbling to the left as the clock ticked down.


Education Leaders React to Proposed Social Studies Standards

The latest batch of social studies curriculum standards, issued by a committee selected by the Minnesota Department of Education, is making waves across the state among parents and the public.


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