About Jim

Jim Heffernan

Jim Heffernan (James F. Heffernan)

I'm a semi-retired newspaper journalist/columnist who contributed online columns about growing up in Duluth's western environs on Zenith City Online and write pretty regularly here on this blog. I wrote a book, Cooler Near the Lake, that included some of my classic newspaper columns that appeared in the Duluth News Tribune. I also had the pleasure of writing a monthly slice of life column for six years post retirement for the classy Duluth~Superior Magazine that sadly ceased publication in March of 2014. 


Jim Heffernan is a native of Duluth, Minnesota where he received his formal education and found life work as a newspaper journalist and popular columnist. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota in Duluth and served in the US Army.

Heffernan performed in a variety of roles in his lengthy career as a journalist with the Duluth News Tribune until retirement in 2005. Serving as a reporter covering general assignments and later education and city government beats, he later served as an arts and entertainment editor and city editor. He ended his career as an editorial page associate. For thirty-four of those years, Heffernan additionally wrote a popular weekly "slice of life" and humor column. As a freelance writer, he continued writing this newspaper column post retirement, until June of 2008. 

Heffernan received recognition for his writings and work in journalism and was involved in past community media organizations. As a member of the Duluth News Tribune's editorial department, he wrote or contributed to editorials that received several state awards. He won a first place in the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalism Awards for a column about Hubert Humphrey and received a University of Minnesota, Duluth Distinguished Alumni Award. 

Heffernan is married and and lives in Duluth, Minnesota where he enjoys family, community volunteering and freelance writing. He is a lover of history, opera and other good music and the theater.