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

U counsel's question to faculty causes a flap

An effort to revisit a U study that led to man's suicide in '04 ignites debate over academic freedom.

Updated: May 13, 2011, - 09:30 PM

Money crunch wounds University of Minnesota Medical School

At the University of Minnesota's Medical School, there's no national search in the works for a crucial position in the Department of Medicine, nor will there be soon. Money is too tight.

Updated: May 01, 2011, - 07:14 AM

State charter schools program is 'out of control'

Junk bonds fuel a building spree, but schools are more crowded, insiders are taking fees, and state regulators can't do much about it.

Updated: April 25, 2011, - 04:04 PM

Lavish praise, then a quick ouster for star U scientist

University fired Doris Taylor from the board of the promising spinoff firm that she founded.

Updated: April 11, 2011, - 11:58 AM

U prof's past and 2nd job get scrutiny

Forced from post 11 years ago, he still gets $112,660 a year despite working full time in Maryland.

Updated: March 30, 2011, - 11:22 AM

'This bridge can't wait'

The Hastings Bridge is a stark symbol of Minnesota's crumbling infrastructure. MnDOT says the bridge is safe, but that's little comfort to the people who use it.

Updated: March 23, 2011, - 04:12 PM

Part 2: Hwy. 14, Highway of horrors

In south-central Minnesota, many people have been hurt or killed on Hwy. 14, which has several two-lane stretches that are among the most dangerous in the state.

Updated: March 23, 2011, - 04:11 PM

Part 3: Flying into the danger zone?

Safety zones at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport once banned high-density development. But in April 2004, MnDOT Commissioner Carol Molnau decided to open up the airport's safety zones to make room for commerce.

Updated: March 23, 2011, - 04:10 PM


Claims of unfair tactics intensify disputes between BNSF and injured workers.

Updated: March 07, 2011, - 02:44 PM

Priest argues sex with woman was consensual

Delano pastor appears in court, is ordered to have no contact with accuser.

Updated: February 18, 2011, - 08:20 PM

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