But his professional career really started as editor of the Fridley Sun, writing articles, editorials and laying the paper out each week.
The first Fridley city council meeting he attended as editor, the council voted to pull legal ads from the Sun because of coverage of cable television companies (one of which the city supported and one that the newspaper's owners supported).
In his career at the Star Tribune, Furst has gone on to win a number of awards for his coverage, including in-depth reports of the Minnesota Gang Strike Force.
This interview was conducted in the offices of the Star Tribune in downtown Minneapolis on April 12.
The interview is available for download here: http://www.archive.org/details/RandyFurst
The full transcript is available here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/58720533/Randy-Furst