Glenn Howatt

Editor | Computer-Assisted Reporting
Phone: 612-673-7192
Glenn Howatt joined the Star Tribune’s business section in May 1990. He was a co-winner of a 2004 Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Award for coverage of questionable medical and business practices of a Roseville-based cancer center. As the computer-assisted reporting editor, he specializes in acquiring and analyzing data that leads to investigative journalism. Howatt holds two master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: one in urban geography and the other in journalism. He is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Howatt previously worked at Minneapolis-St. Paul CityBusiness, now the Business Journal.

Recent content from Glenn Howatt

Feb. 11: Minnesota learning gap is still too large

Most Minnesota schools still have a lot of work to do to cut the disparity between white and minority students’ proficiency in reading and math in half by 2017, according to new data released by the state Department of Education.

Updated: February 11, 2014, - 10:07 PM

Same-sex vote risk paid off for Minnesota House members

Some House members who voted in favor of Minnesota’s marriage equality law have at least doubled the cash they raised...

Updated: February 03, 2014, - 10:24 AM

Minnesota campaign finance data errors reach $26 million

The Star Tribune's analysis turned up $20 million in problems. Regulators found an additional $6 million in an extra year of digging.

Updated: January 08, 2014, - 09:55 AM

Minnesota political spending concentrated in few hands

More than half of $53 million spent in state in recent years came from just three dozen sources. Among the DFL heavyweights are Alida Messinger, above.

Updated: December 30, 2013, - 03:32 PM

Lawmakers probe problems with state campaign finance data

Legislators demand donation records be made accurate and transparent.

Updated: December 16, 2013, - 10:58 PM

State's jails fail inmates with mental illness, with deadly consequences

At least 35 inmates have committed suicide in Minnesota’s county jails since 2000 — nearly a third of them with known psychiatric problems. Another 27 inmates killed themselves in state prisons.

Updated: November 23, 2013, - 03:11 PM

Minnesota campaign finance regulators' database isn't adding up

Database errors worth as much as $20 million over past decade make it difficult to track flow of donations.

Updated: November 09, 2013, - 10:42 PM

Minnesota will bar up to 107 nurses with criminal histories

The state Department of Human Services acted after the Star Tribune presented it with the names of 294 actively licensed nurses who have convictions, ranging from criminal sexual conduct to assault to fraud, that by law would appear to disqualify them from working with patients.

Updated: November 08, 2013, - 07:36 AM

In rural Minnesota, mental health safety net is in limbo

Across Minnesota, help for the acutely mentally ill often means the ER — or jail.

Updated: October 26, 2013, - 06:34 AM

Sept. 8: Hundreds with mental illness languish in Minnesota jails

Across Minnesota, judges, attorneys and sheriffs describe a system that, in effect, criminalizes the mentally ill because of backlogs in the state commitment process and a shortage of psychiatric beds.

Updated: September 08, 2013, - 09:41 PM

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