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

Minnesota DNR considers opening more rare natural sites to hunters

Former staffers Bob Djupstrom and Ellen Fuge lead fight to guard Minnesota’s 160 Scientific and Natural Areas from hunting and trapping. But three have already opened, and 10 more are under review for such a change.

Updated: June 23, 2014, - 06:34 AM

June 8: Church helped abusive priest advise kids

The Rev. Timothy McCarthy was the “kids’ pastor” who wore sneakers under his vestments and dropped profanities into his sermons....

Updated: June 08, 2014, - 07:31 AM

Ely bear researcher says he'll be sidelined without DNR permit

Chief Administrative Law Judge Tammy Pust recommended that the DNR stick to its decision to deny the renewal of Lynn Rogers’ state research permit. Rogers plans to appeal

Updated: May 28, 2014, - 12:28 AM

Obituary: Merrilyn Belgum, social worker, comic

A master of the human condition from years of professional social work, Merrilyn Belgum switched careers at age 60 to...

Updated: May 19, 2014, - 09:10 PM

May 1: Judge chides DNR over Roigers' case

Chief Administrative Law Judge Tammy Pust says the agency withheld documents from Lynn Rogers as he seeks to win back his research credentials.

Updated: May 01, 2014, - 11:09 PM

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

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