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


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

Other schools watch how St. Louis Park handled scare

Asbestos floors have been tested, and no damage was found.

Updated: February 16, 2011, - 12:00 AM


BNSF denied knowing who installed an allegedly hazardous part until the worker volunteered to testify.

Updated: December 08, 2010, - 09:12 AM


From Minnesota to California, BNSF Corp. has drawn judicial penalties for misconduct.

Updated: December 05, 2010, - 11:54 AM


BNSF's accident rate dropped 28 percent in the past decade, and collision-related fatalities dropped 42 percent.

Updated: December 05, 2010, - 05:56 AM

Wayzata wants answers about what caused train to derail

Burlington Northern Santa Fe blames the heat for a June 30 accident in Wayzata, but the mayor wants a fuller explanation.

Updated: August 22, 2010, - 12:25 PM

Jean Chesley, historian in Goodhue County

The career preservationist was instrumental in expanding the state's oldest historical society.

Updated: February 01, 2010, - 09:28 PM

Minnesota lawmakers target charter school rules

Minnesota lawmakers will begin probing the use of state lease aid money that charter schools have used to fuel a building spree paid for with high-cost junk bonds.

Updated: December 01, 2009, - 10:07 PM

State to probe if public is paying for mosques

State officials are examining whether public money has been improperly used to pay for Islamic mosques on charter school campuses in Blaine and Inver Grove Heights. The TiZA charter school threatens to sue for defamation.

Updated: August 29, 2009, - 10:44 PM

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