Before taking the speechwriting position in University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler’s office on July 1, 2011, Weiner was an award-winning reporter and writer based in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. He specialized in sports business, off-the-field sports issues, and Minnesota politics. Weiner covered every Winter and Summer Olympics between 1984 and 2010.
As the speechwriter in the President’s office, Weiner develops most of President Kaler’s public speaking presentations, and much of Kaler’s written materials for public consumption. He works closely with the University of Minnesota Foundation, the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, and the University’s Government and Community Relations office. He is affiliated with the University Relations office, the central communications arm of the University.
In 2009, he helped author “College Sports 101,” a primer about big-time intercollegiate athletics finances, for the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
In 2008-09, he covered the Al Franken-Norm Coleman U.S. Senate recount for MinnPost. This opened a new area of reporting and expertise for Weiner, who was honored with the Frank Premack Award, Minnesota’s most prestigious journalism recognition.
His book about the recount — THIS IS NOT FLORIDA: How Al Franken Won the Minnesota Senate Recount — was published in October 2010. It was nominated for a 2011 Minnesota Book Award.
In 2004-05, he was a Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and from 2005-2007 was an adjunct journalism professor at the University of Minnesota. Weiner attended Oberlin College where he studied under sports sociologist Jack Scott. He graduated from Temple University.
He is married to Ann Juergens, a professor at Mitchell|Hamline School of Law in St. Paul. They have two sons. Henry is a lawyer with the Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols firm in Milwaukee. He’s married to Allison Hill, a speech pathologist in the Milwaukee Public Schools. Son Nate is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Minnesota.