Jill Burcum

Editorial Writer
Phone: 612-673-7846
Jill Burcum has been an editorial writer since March 2008, joining the editorial board after working in the Star Tribune newsroom as an editor and reporter. She writes on a broad number of topics, but is particularly interested in health care, suburban issues and energy policy. Burcum has won numerous awards for her news coverage. Her work helped spur an FDA shutdown of a Georgia tissue bank and caused a Minnesota company to pull a dangerous supplement off the market after football player Korey Stringer's death. In 2009, she won her second Premack Award for public affairs journalism for an editorial that called for a nonpartisan inquiry into ethics allegations in the state attorney general's office. Burcum graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington in 1991 and started her career as a reporter for the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Burcum has previously worked for Mayo Clinic and Ican Inc. She lives in Andover with her husband and two children.

Recent content from Jill Burcum

Jill Burcum: Event to mark hikers' 100th day in Iran

Vigils and fundraisers will be held in 20 locations around the world — including St. Paul — on Sunday to...

Updated: November 06, 2009, - 04:09 PM

Jill Burcum: Grassley rips health care reform bills

Charles Grassley, the senior senator from the state to the south, sent out a long, long screed Monday warning that...

Updated: November 03, 2009, - 02:28 PM

Jill Burcum: Appraising Pawlenty: 'Swagger’ was noticed at summit

Tim Pawlenty may not have won the straw poll at the recent Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit, but his speech got an ad hoc "Best of Class" award from a contributor to the conservative political magazine American Spectator.

Updated: September 24, 2009, - 07:38 PM

Kent Conrad: 'This (health care) bill is ... not the status quo'

North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad, a Democrat, was a member over the summer of the select group of the "Gang of Six" -- a big player in the health reform debate. Here he answers questions from the Star Tribune.

Updated: September 21, 2009, - 11:45 PM

Conservative mag likes governor's 'swagger'

Tim Pawlenty may not have won the straw poll at the recent Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit, but his...

Updated: September 21, 2009, - 03:00 PM

Washington Post examines the Mayo model

Minnesota’s well-known Mayo Clinic got a check-up Sunday in a high-profile Washington Post story.The article raises fair questions about whether...

Updated: September 21, 2009, - 01:06 PM

Senators put focus back on payment reform

What should have been front and center in health care reform — overhauling a fee-for-service payment system that rewards quantity...

Updated: September 17, 2009, - 05:46 PM

Text of Klobuchar/Franken letter opposing medical device tax

Minnesota’s pair of Democratic U.S. Senators formalized their objections Tuesday to a proposal that would levy a $4 billion a...

Updated: September 15, 2009, - 04:22 PM

Pawlenty urges no tax on medical device industry

The medical device industry got another high-profile advocate Monday -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty -- in opposing...

Updated: September 14, 2009, - 06:14 PM


Expect to hear more on health care reform from an industry that's largely stayed out of the headlines in the ongoing national debate -- medical device makers.

Updated: September 12, 2009, - 10:35 PM

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