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

Mom of 2 abused boys: Church trying to blame me

Archdiocese says she knew abused boy’s visits with priest violated rules.

Updated: February 25, 2014, - 05:13 AM

Abusive priest gets disability, support from archdiocese

Star Tribune exclusive: Archdiocese gave pedophile salary, disability benefits, expenses and consulting work.

Updated: February 23, 2014, - 08:16 PM

Archdiocese moves to block testimony in clergy abuse cases

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis moved to block this week’s court order that Archbishop John Nienstedt testify about the church’s handling of clergy sexual abuse cases and release the names of all local priests accused of sexually abusing children since 2004.

Updated: February 14, 2014, - 11:16 PM

Archdiocese spent $8.8M on clergy misconduct; $3M deficit

The first release of a detailed financial audit shows that even with insurance, the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis spent nearly $9 million on settlements, victim therapy and priest support.

Updated: February 13, 2014, - 09:54 PM

Jan. 30: Wehmeyer case under review again

Ramsey County officials said they are reviewing a document received after they cleared church officials.

Updated: January 30, 2014, - 09:14 PM

Archdiocesan leaders avoid charges in two clergy misconduct cases

Ramsey and Washington county attorneys declined to prosecute archdiocese leaders accused of failing to report sex abuse and porn.

Updated: January 30, 2014, - 11:03 AM

Obituary: Michael Roan, peace and justice activist

Roan traveled the world for more than two decades, bringing Nobel Peace Prize winners to Minnesota for annual public discussions that built a global following.

Updated: January 30, 2014, - 03:03 AM

5 priests left off archdiocese's clergy abuse list

But they were named in internal archdiocesan memo on parishes with history of clergy sex abuse.

Updated: December 20, 2013, - 06:41 AM

Dec. 17, 2013: Archbishop denies allegations, steps aside

Archbishop John Nienstedt vehemently denied the allegations and will remove himself from public ministry. St. Paul police say church officials aren't fully cooperating.

Updated: December 17, 2013, - 10:20 PM

St. John’s Abbey names 18 abusing monks

New release expands the lists of accused priests, but advocates say many names of abusive clergy remain secret.

Updated: December 09, 2013, - 09:43 PM

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