April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown in North Dakota, where she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian.
Baumgarten started her journalism career in 2011 with The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter. She also was the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican, as well as a news editor for The Press and Grand Forks Herald. Baumgarten has an interest in stories related to crime, higher education, energy and anything with data.