Maura Lerner

Investigative reporter | Health
Phone: 612-673-7384
Maura Lerner is the higher-education reporter. 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

March 24, 2012: Sebelius touts health care law in local visit

In Minnesota, the secretary of Health and Human Services marked the anniversary of a law facing a constitutional challenge.

Updated: August 16, 2013, - 10:26 AM

May 8: 'Care guides' show another face of health reform

The guides are part of a fast-growing, and hotly debated, trend in medicine: Putting people with minimal (if any) medical expertise on the front lines — with titles like patient navigator or coach — to help improve care, and rein in the costs, of patients with chronic illnesses.

Updated: August 16, 2013, - 10:26 AM

Jury awards Globe University whistleblower nearly $400K

Heidi Weber accused the for-profit school of dismissing her for exposing unethical practices.

Updated: August 15, 2013, - 11:19 PM

Nudges urge college-bound freshmen to dot Is, cross Ts

The program, run by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, debuted this year at just two urban high schools, Roosevelt and St. Paul’s Johnson Senior High. In all, about 100 students signed up for the nudges.

Updated: August 15, 2013, - 10:41 AM

BACK TO SCHOOL: Should young athletes get ECGs?

For years, a debate has raged over whether high school athletes should have a heart test, known as an ECG,...

Updated: August 12, 2013, - 02:53 PM

'Hippie Dave' Nolan dies at 66

It’s easy to see why people called him “Hippie Dave.”Even in his 60s, David Nolan wore tie-dyed T-shirts, long gray...

Updated: August 08, 2013, - 09:01 PM

April 23: Doctors try historic cell transplant on boy with HIV, leukemia

If all goes as planned at the University of Minnesota’s Amplatz Children’s Hospital, the child — who has not been publicly identified — could become the second person in the world cured of both deadly illnesses by an extraordinary type of cell transplant.

Updated: July 12, 2013, - 06:19 PM

June 2: A stem-cell testing ground in Minn. tries to heal damaged hearts

At Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Dr. Tim Henry is using adult stem cells to come up with a realistic treatment option for heart disease.

Updated: July 09, 2013, - 10:14 PM

Health beat: Can doctors help stop torture?

Dr. Steven Miles vividly remembers the notorious 2004 photograph of U.S. soldiers grinning beside a pile of naked prisoners at...

Updated: July 06, 2013, - 05:02 PM

Self-service kiosk for health care comes to Minnesota megastores

Do-it-yourself kiosks in stores may help fill a need for preventive care. Health care experts are trying to figure out if they are a gimmick, a breakthrough or both.

Updated: July 06, 2013, - 07:20 AM

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