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: Will Wisconsin be the GOP's 'overreach' moment?

Also weighing in on Walker's behalf: Americans for Prosperity, a group with strong ties to billionaire oilman David Koch. Koch was the Libertarian Party's 1980 vice presidential candidate; his platform called for abolishing Social Security, the minimum wage and almost all federal agencies while legalizing recreational drugs, suicide and prostitution.

Updated: February 26, 2011, - 06:27 PM

Jill Burcum: T. Boone Pickens, Egypt and America's oil problem

The United States has put energy policy on the backburner during the Great Recession.With unrest boiling over in Egypt, legendary...

Updated: February 03, 2011, - 07:48 PM

Jill Burcum: Life in and out of the bubble in Egypt

As I found on a recent visit there, there's a yearning that an out-of-touch Mubarak doesn't grasp.

Updated: January 31, 2011, - 06:59 PM

Jill Burcum: It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Pawlenty!

Star TribuneIs Minnesota’s former governor running for president?Or is there a “Tim Pawlenty: The Movie” out there waiting to hit...

Updated: January 25, 2011, - 01:23 PM

Jill Burcum: Two for Tea, but who will be the One?

But if only one of them can be 'The One,' which one will it be?

Updated: November 12, 2010, - 06:25 PM

The Sixth District's superstar

For three elections, Democrats have eagerly lined up to take out Sixth District congresswoman Michele Bachmann. The lesson from Bachmann’s...

Updated: November 03, 2010, - 03:40 PM

Where would Wisconsin Senate candidate Ron Johnson cut spending?

Consider this another salvo in a quixotic quest for spending cut details this campaign season.Wisconsin Senate candidate Ron Johnson, a...

Updated: September 13, 2010, - 05:04 PM

Jill Burcum: Is city’s tax board vital or a luxury?

Board member Carol Becker recently wrote publicly about the difficulty of the decisions Minneapolis faces this year. That led to a post on StarTribune.com about the practicality of the city’s unique form of government, which in turn drew Becker’s response.

Updated: September 08, 2010, - 06:52 PM

Jill Burcum: Carol Becker shouldn't be shocked by baroque city government's big bill

"Democracy is messy,’’ was Carol Becker’s comment to me as she left the Star Tribune building last fall. It was...

Updated: August 28, 2010, - 05:03 PM

A commonsense vote to help manufacturers

A welcome bipartisan breeze blew into the nation’s capital Wednesday as the U.S. House of Representatives passed a key bill...

Updated: July 22, 2010, - 12:46 PM

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