Maura Lerner

Investigative reporter | Health
Phone: 612-673-7384
Maura Lerner is a medical writer and investigative reporter on the Star Tribune’s health team. Her work includes coverage of disease outbreaks and stories about doctors disciplined by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. Her reporting has been recognized by the National Press Club, the Society for Professional Journalists, the Minnesota Associated Press and the Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Award. Before joining the Star Tribune, Lerner was a senior producer for the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour on PBS, and a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Recent content from Maura Lerner

Health beat: Reducing patient falls, with several little steps

When Dr. Steven Mulder first heard about the statewide project -- to prevent patients from falling in Minnesota hospitals -- he was skeptical.

Updated: November 29, 2012, - 05:53 PM

Family homecoming for twins after 98 days in ‘preemie land’

For Sara and Nick Windschitl, the birth of premature twins was the start of a remarkable journey. Bryn weighed just 1 pound, 4 ounces. Nora weighed 2 pounds.

Updated: November 22, 2012, - 11:55 AM

After contaminated injections, symptoms there, but no meningitis

Sarah Hackbarth, a 24-year-old newlywed from Shakopee, is one of hundreds -- if not thousands -- of people trapped in the gray zone of the national meningitis outbreak.

Updated: November 19, 2012, - 09:36 AM

13th steroid illness in Minnesota

Contaminated drug gave woman bone infection, not meningitis.

Updated: November 16, 2012, - 05:46 PM

On the health beat: An IV machine that stops errors

What happens if a nurse is trying to give a sick child a powerful drug an hour too soon?

Updated: November 09, 2012, - 04:03 PM

Minnesota reports 11th patient with infection tied to tainted steroid

The new case is in a woman in her 70s who was among nearly 1,000 in Minnesota who received faulty injections.

Updated: November 08, 2012, - 07:22 PM

Doctor's solo practice goes against the crowd

Back in his hometown of Cold Spring, Dr. Christopher Wenner is bucking the trend toward consolidation.

Updated: November 04, 2012, - 03:50 PM

Parenting class a shot in the arm for young families

If you take a class for new parents or grandparents at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, you may get more than the usual tips about handling newborns.

Updated: November 02, 2012, - 08:17 AM

Health beat: Free legal help for cancer patients

A number of years ago, Lindy Yokanovich realized that it takes more than doctors to fight cancer.

Updated: October 25, 2012, - 06:30 PM

Health beat: Who's watching Minnesota druggists?

When he was working as a pharmacist in Red Wing, Minn., Cody Wiberg always knew when one particular doctor was in town. It was a dermatologist who saw patients twice a month, and always prescribed a special skin cream that Wiberg had to mix up himself, special order.

Updated: October 18, 2012, - 06:15 PM

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