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

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

Data theft leads to debt collector's license suspension

Medical data on thousands of Twin Cities patients was compromised when a laptop was stolen from a car.

Updated: February 03, 2012, - 08:58 PM

Casino inspections are pledged

State inspectors need upgraded technical skills to deal with complex gambling software, a top regulator says.

Updated: February 01, 2012, - 09:22 PM

Minnesota Legislature: A call for gambling hearings

Report of inspection lapses sets off scramble for answers.

Updated: January 26, 2012, - 09:31 AM

Jan. 15: $15 billion stakes ride on epic gambling fight

Minnesota's Indian gambling tribes, which have spent more than $6 million on political donations since 2002, say an off-reservation expansion of casino gambling would be an epic defeat.

Updated: January 21, 2012, - 10:48 PM

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