April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015. She reports with a team of talented journalists and editors who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know.
She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university’s newspaper, The Collegian.
Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor.
She is an award-winning writer, helping bring home multiple honors, including North Dakota Newspaper Association’s General Excellence award, to the Star, Republican and The Press.