Josephine Marcotty

Investigative reporter | Health
Phone: 612-673-7394
Josephine Marcotty writes about nature and the environment for the Star Tribune. Marcotty holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Michigan. She came to the Star Tribune in 1979 and has worked as a business reporter and as a health and science editor. She became a medical writer in 1999. Her work on the series “Your Choice: Health Care’s New Era,” received a National Headliner Award in 2009. She was honored by the Minnesota Associated Press in 2003 for “Cory’s Legacy,” the story of a transplant. She has received numerous awards for her coverage of mental illness in Minnesota. Before coming to the Star Tribune, Marcotty was a reporter at the Dayton Daily News in Ohio.

Recent content from Josephine Marcotty

Minnesota floats complicated plan for wild rice rule

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency revealed its proposed plan for protecting the state’s official grain from pollution that comes off the Iron Range and from about 200 industrial plants statewide.

Updated: March 24, 2015, - 11:16 PM

Dry Minnesota at risk of more, hotter fires this spring

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on Monday issued an unusually early alert, saying conditions across the state are ripe for more frequent and more intense fires this spring, thanks to an abnormally dry winter and record-breaking temperatures this month.

Updated: March 16, 2015, - 09:47 PM

Legislators aim for more control over setting environmental regulations

Battle looms over rigorous clean air and clean water regulations in the state.

Updated: March 11, 2015, - 09:56 AM

Farm-water cleanup project falls short, critics say

A $9 million federal grant to help farmers protect streams and rivers from chemicals was announced with fanfare. But sharp discord over the project reflects reflects a growing urgency about the best way to use $225 million a year in Legacy funding devoted to clean water

Updated: March 09, 2015, - 09:27 AM

Frac sand mining ban to expire in Houston County after vote deadlocks

Houston County unable to agree on outright ban or an ordinance to regulate the sand-mining industry.

Updated: March 03, 2015, - 09:55 PM

Can we save bison by eating them?

A small but growing number of bison producers — including billionaire-turned-philanthropist Ted Turner — want to preserve the great landscapes of the west by changing how America gets its protein.

Updated: February 28, 2015, - 10:33 PM

Houston County considers frac-sand ban; would be first in Minn.

Scenic river bluffs, trout streams are top concerns.

Updated: February 20, 2015, - 11:45 PM

Forests give way to fields, part of high-stakes transformation

The forests of central Minnesota are being cleared at an accelerating pace. Regulators are scrambling to protect them and the large watershed draining into the upper Mississippi.

Updated: February 01, 2015, - 09:19 AM

Dayton wants tougher water and wildlife protection law

Gov. Dayton proposes more, and better enforced, buffer strips along lakes and rivers.

Updated: January 17, 2015, - 01:14 AM

Part 1: Nature's dying migrant workers

Bees are dying due to insecticides, parasites and changes in farming, and that threatens nation's fruit and vegetable crops.

Updated: January 15, 2015, - 02:10 PM

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