Jill Burcum

Editorial Writer
Phone: 612-673-7846
Jill Burcum has been an columnist/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

The U.S. House health bill: Minnesota providers react

The New York Times editorial board gave the newly unveiled U.S. House health care bill a glowing review today, calling...

Updated: July 16, 2009, - 10:01 PM

A dark-haired tenor named ...

A lot of folks are doing a double take when seeing an ad for the Minnesota Opera’s production of “La...

Updated: July 10, 2009, - 02:56 PM

Remembering Coach Ed Thomas

I was picking my way through the rubble-heaped streets of my small northeast Iowa hometown shortly after an EF5 tornado...

Updated: June 24, 2009, - 05:28 PM

Dec. 20, 2003: Small towns, big time -- Tiny Iowa high school has 4 NFL players

Ed Thomas, who has been at the high school since 1975, is such a perfectionist that he won't let anyone else mow the football field and still scrubs grass stains from uniforms after games.

Updated: June 24, 2009, - 11:47 AM

Health care reform or new entitlement?

Respected health care consultant Robert Laszewski uses a different cliche than I would have (he uses "loading the Titanic,...

Updated: May 29, 2009, - 03:33 PM

Real fiscal hawks, please apply

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Any politician touting fiscal hawk credentials isn’t for real unless Medicare...

Updated: May 13, 2009, - 10:13 AM

A cautious step on BPA

A new law best summed up as taking an abundance-of-caution approach has put Minnesota on the front lines of the...

Updated: May 08, 2009, - 03:35 PM

Speed limit change will protect suburban kids

Kids in the fast-growing suburbs on the metro’s fringe could soon be safer, thanks to the efforts of Minnesota lawmakers...

Updated: May 06, 2009, - 03:24 PM

Facebook rally for St. Charles, Minn., supporters

Officials in the small southeastern Minnesota city of St. Charles are rallying supporters on Facebook in hopes of convincing North...

Updated: April 26, 2009, - 07:38 AM

Poor judgment in Elko New Market

As thousands flocked to "tea party" anti-tax rallies this week, Star Tribune reporter Katie Humphrey dug up a local example...

Updated: April 16, 2009, - 03:06 PM

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