Allison Kaplan

Editor-in-Chief, Twin Cities Business

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Allison (Ali) Kaplan is editor-in-chief of Twin Cities Business magazine, leading content development for print, digital, and events. She hosts a new TCB podcast about leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship called By All Means.

Previously, she served as senior deputy editor and shopping and style editor for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. An authority on retail, fashion and consumer experience, her writing has appeared in numerous publications including Lucky, ShopEtc. and Delta Sky Magazine. Her award-winning monthly magazine column and blog for Mpls.St.Paul bridged the space between business and lifestyle. Her ability to zero in on what matters to people, with advice and humor, has made her a sought-after speaker, and helped to build a robust social media following. Ali developed her brand and blog, Ali Shops, in the dark ages before Instagram.

Ali hosts a weekly radio program, Shop Girls, on myTalk107.1 in the Twin Cities (available nationally on Podcast One and She appears regularly as an on-air expert for television shows and leads frequent media workshops aimed at helping business owners — particularly startups and makers — find their story and learn how to connect with reporters, editors and producers.

Ali started her journalism career as a newspaper reporter with the Daily Herald in Chicago and then became a columnist and features writer for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication.