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

Mercury in St. Louis River sets off fight among state, tribes, groups

Critics say state is choosing industry over kids’ health by not going after sulfate discharged into the St. Louis River...

Updated: September 17, 2014, - 10:55 PM

Oct. 17, 2013: Priest sent e-mails expressing love to girl

In e-mails sent from Rome, he expressed his love and affection for teen girl he is accused of sexually abusing. His lawyer said claims were “discredited.”

Updated: September 17, 2014, - 03:54 PM

Obituary: Patrica LaBerge, General Mills trailblazer, dies at 85

Business writers took notice in 1973 when Patricia Louise LaBerge was promoted to a corporate position at General Mills that...

Updated: August 27, 2014, - 06:18 PM

Refinery fined $40,000 for toxic release into lagoon near Mississipi River

St. Paul Park plant discharged benzene into unlined lagoon.

Updated: August 22, 2014, - 02:36 PM

DNR reconsiders opening state natural areas to hunting

The state Department of Natural Resources is changing course on a strategy to open more Scientific and Natural Areas to hunting and trapping, a high-ranking DNR official said Tuesday.

Updated: August 19, 2014, - 10:56 PM

July 30: Portion of investigation of Nienstedt is complete

The archdiocese commissioned the investigation in an effort to address accusations received by the chancery as Nienstedt fended off mounting criticism over the church’s handling of other sexual misconduct cases.

Updated: July 29, 2014, - 11:11 PM

Obituary: The Rev. Pat Malone, 55, walked with the poor

Malone died July 22 in Omaha after a 27-year fight against leukemia and related health problems.

Updated: July 24, 2014, - 08:13 PM

June 23: Minnesota DNR considers opening more rare natural sites to hunters

Former staffers Bob Djupstrom and Ellen Fuge lead fight to guard Minnesota’s 160 Scientific and Natural Areas from hunting and trapping. But three have already opened, and 10 more are under review for such a change.

Updated: June 23, 2014, - 06:34 AM

June 8: Church helped abusive priest advise kids

The Rev. Timothy McCarthy was the “kids’ pastor” who wore sneakers under his vestments and dropped profanities into his sermons....

Updated: June 08, 2014, - 07:31 AM

Ely bear researcher says he'll be sidelined without DNR permit

Chief Administrative Law Judge Tammy Pust recommended that the DNR stick to its decision to deny the renewal of Lynn Rogers’ state research permit. Rogers plans to appeal

Updated: May 28, 2014, - 12:28 AM

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