Labor Tribune’s Tim Rowden promoted to Managing Editor


Will assume day-to-day leadership of the paper

Tim Rowden, editor of Labor Tribune, has been promoted to Managing Editor, assuming responsibility for day-to-day leadership of the paper effective Aug. 1, Publisher Ed Finkelstein announced.

“Since joining the Labor Tribune family eight years ago, Tim has proven not only his journalistic skills in providing high quality reporting on issues vital to our Labor Movement, but every day demonstrates his leadership skills as an editor and a trade unionist,” Finkelstein said.

“This year marks the Labor Tribune’s 84th year of continuous publication. Having myself reached the wonderful ‘young’ age of 82, it’s time to begin letting the next generation of leadership move the Labor Tribune into the future, ensuring our ability to continue fighting for the working men and women of Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois for many years to come.”

Under Rowden’s leadership, the Labor Tribune has undergone a redesign, expanded its on-the-ground coverage of local labor issues and established a persuasive online presence through its website (, Facebook page (, Twitter ( LinkedIn ( and various email platforms.

Finkelstein will continue his role as publisher and provide general oversight for the paper. However, day-to-day operations will now be in Rowden’s hands.

As a major part of his continuing role, Finkelstein will renew efforts to turn over ownership of the paper to the Labor Movement, an effort that’s been temporarily interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A veteran journalist, Rowden first joined the Labor Tribune in 2012 as a senior reporter. He was quickly promoted to associate editor and in 2014 took over the responsibilities of editor, following the retirement of then Managing Editor Dana Spitzer.

Rowden started his career in 1989 at the Daily Star-Journal in Warrensburg, Mo., where he worked as a general assignment reporter, photographer and agricultural editor. During his career he has worked with the St. Louis Suburban Journals (as a senior reporter in Jefferson County), the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (as a reporter and bureau chief in Jefferson County) and, for a three-year stint, as media relations manager for the former Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. He joined the Labor Tribune full-time in January of 2012.

Raised in a union family in St. Louis, Rowden’s late father, Jerry, was letter carrier and served as a shop steward with the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 343. His mother, Mary, is a retired grocery clerk and worked as a head cashier for Schnucks Markets as a member of UFCW Local 655.

Rowden is also a volunteer Scout leader and merit badge counselor with the River Trails District of the Greater St. Louis Area Boy Scouts of America.

He and his wife, Kim, an elementary school art teacher, have four mostly grown children, Connor, Ian, Emma and Quinn.



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