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

Aitkin County gets swamped by state wetlands rules

In an unintended consequence of a state law, 65 percent of Aitkin County is covered in wetlands, largely to accommodate mine expansions to the north.

Updated: December 20, 2014, - 09:50 PM

U.S. court rules gray wolf hunts in Great Lakes states illegal

Returning the wolf to “endangered” status ends three years of hunting in the region.

Updated: December 19, 2014, - 11:35 PM

Obituary: Journalist, free-speech advocate Richard Kleeman loved to play with language

Living-room Scrabble games were vicious in the Kleeman home, where Dick Kleeman taught his children to love writing and language.An...

Updated: December 17, 2014, - 08:37 PM

Giant S.D. dairy farm threatens revived Minn. border lake town

Leaders of Hendricks, Minn., say the efforts to clean up their lake are threatened by a giant 4,000-cow dairy farm proposed just across the border in South Dakota, on top of the area’s highest hill.

Updated: December 01, 2014, - 05:20 AM

Pilot program helps urban polluters clean up air, image

Companies in Improving Minneapolis Air campaign are testing more, disclosing more to address urban air woes.

Updated: November 22, 2014, - 10:28 PM

Nov. 21: Archdiocese weighs bankruptcy, cites costs of sex abuse cases

The report in the Catholic Spirit online newspaper says litigation claims are expected to grow beyond the $5.3 million the chancery has reserved for them. Only two cases have been settled so far.

Updated: November 20, 2014, - 11:23 PM

North Branch frac sand plant fined for excessive noise, air pollution

Tiller Corp. says it’s now in compliance with state regulations.

Updated: November 20, 2014, - 08:05 PM

USDA extends habitat funding for honeybees

Minnesota and other Upper Midwest states to receive more money for the federal pilot project.

Updated: October 29, 2014, - 08:23 PM

State considers banning class of pesticide to help bees

Public concern over the plight of honeybees caused the Ag Department to revise its study.

Updated: October 29, 2014, - 12:41 PM

Wis. city's land grab to attract frac-sand mine is overruled by state agency

A Wisconsin city’s plan to annex a “balloon-on-a-string” strip for a mine could mean a setback for similar jurisdiction maneuvers.

Updated: October 15, 2014, - 11:21 PM

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