Vake tapped to lead Iron Mining Association

Kristen Vake - Iron Mining Association
Kristen Vake - Iron Mining Association(Iron Mining Association)
Published: Jun. 27, 2022 at 5:26 PM CDT
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CHISHOLM, MN -- Kristen Vake has been named the new executive director of the Iron Mining Association.

Vake, a Chisholm native and former CBS 3 anchor and executive producer, will take on the new role starting July 5.

According to the organization’s website, the Iron Mining Association “promotes an iron ore industry that will provide long-term growth and prosperity for all stakeholders through profitability in a competitive, global market” through public information and education.

Chair of the IMA Board, Chrissy Bartovich, said they’re looking forward to Vake lead the organization into a new chapter.

“The IMA Board is excited to have Kristen Vake leading the organization,” said Chrissy Bartovich of U.S. Steel and chair of the IMA Board. “Kristen’s deep roots in the mining industry combined with her passion for the Iron Range make her uniquely positioned to lead the IMA. We look forward to Kristen building relationships and continuing to tell the story of the importance of Minnesota’s iron mining industry.”

Kristen launched CBS 3′s “Eye on Mining” series during her reporting career, covering many aspects of the industry and the Iron Range.

Vake said she’s honored to use those skills and transfer them to this new opportunity.

“I’m honored to take on this role within an organization that does so much for iron mining and the Iron Range,” said Vake. “This industry impacts more than just our region - it impacts the state, the country, and beyond. I’m thrilled to be able to continue sharing the stories of the mining industry, its people, and the region where it all started. A place I’m proud to call home.”

Vake replaces former IMA President Kelsey Johnson.

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