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. 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 President Kaler’s public speaking presentations and much of Kaler’s written materials for public and internal University consumption, including communications with thought leaders across Minnesota. 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.
Weiner is the co-author of the forthcoming book, "Professor Berman: The Life, Wit and Wisdom of Minnesota's Greatest Public Historian," which is the memoir of the late University of Minnesota scholar Hy Berman.
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.
In 2000, he authored the book, "Stadium Games: Fifty Years of Big League Greed and Bush League Boondoggles." For more than two decades, Weiner was the sports business reporter for the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, covering repeated arena and stadium finance debates.
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) Weiner, a speech pathologist in the Milwaukee Public Schools. (Henry and Alli have a son, August, born on February 7, 2018.) Son Nate is an internal medicine resident at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center in Oakland, California, and a Master of Public Health student at the University of California, Berkeley. His partner is Glafira (Glasha) Marcon.