Brian Martucci is an award-winning independent journalist with a passion for transforming complex ideas into accessible, relevant and engaging stories.



In-depth guides and primers on top tourist hubs and overlooked gems.

Startups & Small Business

Over five years in the early stage trenches. No victory is too small.

Personal Finance

Sensible, relatable personal finance advice (and consent). No judgments.


In-depth, critical reporting on the public interest. No agenda (unless you have one).

Righting Wrongs in St. Paul

In early April, I wrote about the wide, wonderful world of freeway caps, also known as highway lids (because, of course, not every limited-access roadway is free to use). Born of the urban freeway backlash of the 1970s and lately enjoying a resurgence in urban cores...

3 Fam 3 Biz

There's not much about my work that I actively dislike. If you put me on the spot and asked me to name the one part of the job I could do without, I'd finger those long, silent stretches spent wrangling staccato thoughts into fluent sentences. I'm not the only solo...

Timelier Than Your Average Deep Dive

Most of my work for Money Crashers is evergreen, meant to last for months or years without going out of style. With a few tweaks, my piece on safety tips for international travelers will probably be useful a decade from now. Barring some catastrophic change in lending...

When the Super Bowl Is a Dry Run for the Final Four

Though I cherish the rush of writing on deadline, I'll gladly accept a three-month lead time. That's what I get (and sometimes more) with Minnesota Business assignments like my 2019 Final Four byline published last month. Bear in mind: I did all the legwork for this...

I Finally Joined a Coworking Hub. Here’s Why.

I'm a coworking believer now. Better late than never. My home office has been my home base for years, since well before I learned to say 'no' for good. In conversation, the revelation that I work from home produces two default responses: Bemusement tinged with irony;...

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