Tony Kennedy

Reporter | Investigative, General Assignment
Phone: 612-673-4213
Tony Kennedy has been an investigative reporter at the Star Tribune since 2002. His work includes a 2012 collection of stories on executive compensation at the University of Minnesota; a four-part series on judicial penalties against BNSF Corp.; and an examination of factors leading to the collapse of the I-35W Bridge. Kennedy has uncovered corruption and lax oversight within Minnesota’s legal guardianship system for vulnerable adults, conflicts of interests that plagued Minnesota’s first lottery director at the time of his suicide in 2004 and the inside story of failure at Excelsior-Henderson Motorcycle Co. The St. Paul native holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marquette University. He worked at the Frankfort (Ind.) Times, St. Cloud Times, Business Journal of Milwaukee and the Associated Press before joining the Star Tribune in 1991.

Recent content from Tony Kennedy

Dayton says no to frac sand moratorium in southeastern Minn.

Gov. Mark Dayton rebuffed a group of mining opponents who delivered a moratorium petition to St. Paul as part of an Earth Day rally at the Capitol.

Updated: April 22, 2014, - 10:07 PM

Minnesota launches three-year debate: Deer vs. forests

Three-year discussion will decide how many deer are enough for hunters, too much for the woods.

Updated: April 21, 2014, - 08:22 PM

March 13: Minnesota PCA delays ruling in wild rice-sulfate standoff

The state Pollution Control Agency said it needs more time to study variables in wild rice production and water quality before proposing any new rules.

Updated: April 05, 2014, - 09:26 PM

Archdiocese: Priest abuse victim later killed wife, committed suicide

Local Catholic church officials have released new details about a pair of abusive priests showing that one priest was accused of sexually abusing a brain-injured woman and another sexually abused a boy who did not want his community to know what happened.

Updated: April 02, 2014, - 05:37 AM

Minn.’s Environmental Quality Board offers model frac-sand regs

Environmentalists quickly derided the optional standards as too soft, and mining interests faulted them as overreaching.

Updated: March 19, 2014, - 08:52 PM

Obituary: Dick Gray, 95, co-founder of Freshwater Society

In the winter of 1968, a pollution-fed algal bloom on Lake Minnetonka turned the water bright red, causing consternation to...

Updated: March 10, 2014, - 08:56 PM

Mom of 2 abused boys: Church trying to blame me

Archdiocese says she knew abused boy’s visits with priest violated rules.

Updated: February 25, 2014, - 05:13 AM

Abusive priest gets disability, support from archdiocese

Star Tribune exclusive: Archdiocese gave pedophile salary, disability benefits, expenses and consulting work.

Updated: February 23, 2014, - 08:16 PM

Archdiocese moves to block testimony in clergy abuse cases

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis moved to block this week’s court order that Archbishop John Nienstedt testify about the church’s handling of clergy sexual abuse cases and release the names of all local priests accused of sexually abusing children since 2004.

Updated: February 14, 2014, - 11:16 PM

Archdiocese spent $8.8M on clergy misconduct; $3M deficit

The first release of a detailed financial audit shows that even with insurance, the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis spent nearly $9 million on settlements, victim therapy and priest support.

Updated: February 13, 2014, - 09:54 PM

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