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

First, a reprimand, now U's nursing dean cited for reprisal

The State Human Rights board found she fired an employee who filed a workplace complaint.

Updated: April 02, 2012, - 09:19 PM

Gang violence new to St. Paul neighborhood where rape happened

Neighbors of an abandoned St. Paul house where a gang rape allegedly occurred say they hadn't had problems with it before.

Updated: March 24, 2012, - 08:27 PM

Rebuked U dean's hires get scrutiny

Review led to nursing dean losing some authority.

Updated: March 21, 2012, - 10:53 AM

Bruininks steered $355,000 in U funds to his new U post

Records show that Robert Bruininks, who will earn a $341,000 salary in his new faculty role at the Center for Integrative Leadership, directed at least an additional $355,000 in university funds there since 2009.

Updated: March 08, 2012, - 05:34 AM

Kaler says he'll limit U's plush pay packages

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler called executive compensation packages signed by his predecessor "very generous" and vowed Tuesday to be more stringent when top officials leave his administration.

Updated: March 06, 2012, - 09:56 PM

Feb. 26: U execs are paid handsomely on their way out

Packages include paid leave and extra retirement pay. Consultants say they're necessary to keep talent. Recently retired UMD Chancellor Kathryn Martin (above) received a check for $535,700.

Updated: February 27, 2012, - 10:31 AM

Graphic: Making top dollar on leave

A look at leave agreements for outgoing U executives. You can examine some original documentation used for this story by...

Updated: February 26, 2012, - 10:13 AM

Feb. 9: U's $650,000 discretionary fund lets Kaler pay Maturi

Eric Kaler and other presidents have had access to little-known fund since 2000.

Updated: February 09, 2012, - 11:33 AM

Slots get little or no state review

The state's biggest casinos have gone years without inspections, even with three agents on the job. In contrast, Wisconsin, with a staff of 15, follows detailed procedures and audits every casino once every 18 months.

Updated: February 07, 2012, - 10:14 AM

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