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

ESPY Awards honor coach's courageous family

Local coverage of ESPN’s annual ESPY Awards focused on the will-he-or-won’t-he play-again soap opera that is Brett Favre’s career. The...

Updated: July 15, 2010, - 12:20 PM

Erlinder took too big a risk

It’s certainly a relief to have Twin Cities attorney Peter Erlinder back in Minnesota after his harrowing arrest and imprisonment...

Updated: June 23, 2010, - 02:47 PM

Lumberjack likely front-runner for Obey's seat

Another well-known Midwest politician’s name won’t be on the ballot this November. On Monday, David Obey, an influential Democrat who...

Updated: May 05, 2010, - 03:12 PM

Q&A: Time for a mall reinvention

This week's announcement of Brookdale Center's virtual closure -- Sears is the only retail store still open -- felt a...

Updated: April 30, 2010, - 08:51 PM

Q-and-A: 'I tried to stop the car'

Koua Fong Lee's 2007 criminal vehicular homicide trial gathered few headlines outside of Minnesota when it happened. But the Laotian immigrant has become well-known across the nation after problems surfaced recently with sudden acceleration in Toyota Camrys. Lee, a 32-year-old with a family of four, was driving a 1996 Camry when he lost control of it on the Snelling Avenue off-ramp from Interstate 94 in St. Paul and slammed into another car. Two passengers inside died, and another later succumbed to her injuries. Lee has always maintained that he pumped the brake, but the car continued to accelerate. He was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2008. Lee's attorney is now petitioning the judge for a new trial, citing the Toyota recalls as new evidence. Legal experts have also raised questions about the length of his sentence. On Thursday, using an interpreter, he answered these questions from editorial writer Jill Burcum. Here are his edited responses:

Updated: April 03, 2010, - 03:51 PM

Despite Fox News report, Oberstar still undecided on health reform

The call from a Fox News media relations associate in New York City came late Wednesday afternoon. One of the network's reporters had supposedly confirmed that Minnesota Rep. James Oberstar was one of the pro-life U.S. House representatives who planned to change their "yes" vote on health reform to "no.''

Updated: March 11, 2010, - 01:19 PM

Jill Burcum: Health care vs. defense? Hard choices lie ahead

With a Congressional vote on health care reform looming in the middle of this month, a thoughtful essay in the March 3 New England Journal of Medicine summed up nicely why the status quo really isn't an option:

Updated: March 10, 2010, - 04:41 PM

Health reform: Is Oberstar part of Stupak's pro-life 12?

Could a small but determined group of pro-life Democratic congressional representatives -- possibly including Minnesota's Jim Oberstar -- scuttle health care reform?

Updated: March 04, 2010, - 03:33 PM

Durenberger takes aim at health reform fearmongering

Three cheers for former Minnesota Senator David Durenberger, who took aim Wednesday at the ill-informed rhetoric painting the Democratic health reform bill as some kind of wild-eyed socialist scheme.

Updated: March 02, 2010, - 02:23 PM

Jill Burcum: Summit meets low expectations

Differences bridged: zero. Lines drawn in the sand: too many to count.

Updated: February 25, 2010, - 06:34 PM

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