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

June 19: Pepin County Board adopts frac-free zone along Lake Pepin

Pepin County Board votes to protect a strip along Lake Pepin.

Updated: July 12, 2013, - 11:41 PM

Wisconsin's departing frac sand man says boom not slowing

As Tom Woletz leaves his “dream job,” he says the state has become an industry leader with adequate laws but...

Updated: June 05, 2013, - 11:26 PM

Frac sand mine approved in Winona County, with at least 40 conditions

Opponents fear frac sand mining will expand with Winona County green light.

Updated: June 04, 2013, - 10:14 PM

Wisconsin bluff towns trying to ban frac-sand mining along Lake Pepin

A proposed Pepin County ordinance would ban frac-sand mining along a scenic stretch of Wisconsin bluff.

Updated: May 22, 2013, - 09:56 PM

Deal nixes effort to ban frac sand mining near trout streams

Mining won’t be banned near trout streams, but DNR permitting procedure is put in play.

Updated: May 15, 2013, - 05:35 AM

Dwindling frac sand legislation rests on trout stream setbacks

Environmental activists are clinging to a fragile game and fish amendment as their last hope to slow the advance of frac sand mining in Minnesota.

Updated: May 08, 2013, - 10:28 PM

Between Sanford Health and T. Denny Sanford, deep ties

$600 million in donations isn’t the only string attaching Sanford Health to its major benefactor, T. Denny Sanford.

Updated: May 05, 2013, - 07:32 AM

Sanford, University of Minnesota won’t pursue Fairview takeover

The high-stakes maneuvering over ownership of Fairview Health Services ended abruptly Wednesday, with Sanford Health and the University of Minnesota halting discussions about a merger or acquisition.

Updated: April 10, 2013, - 11:27 PM

April 8: Swanson grills Sanford execs on Fairview merger

Sanford officials pointed to potential savings of up to $60 million, while AG Lori Swanson focused on who would benefit.

Updated: April 08, 2013, - 11:20 AM

U suspends donor discussions linked to potential Fairview merger

The University of Minnesota has suspended discussions with donors linked to the potential merger of the Fairview Health Systems with...

Updated: April 07, 2013, - 10:06 PM

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