Josephine Marcotty

Investigative reporter | Health
Phone: 612-673-7394
Josephine Marcotty is a medical writer and investigative reporter based on the Star Tribune’s health team. She specializes in coverage of reproductive health, transplant medicine and infectious diseases. 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

New state law targets metro firms now sending recyclables to dump

More than half of companies in the Twin Cities will need to change their ways and start pulling out such valuable materials as ­aluminum, cardboard, plastic and steel. The law begins Jan. 1, 2016, for most commercial operations.

Updated: May 28, 2014, - 01:59 PM

Minnesota lawmakers concerned for bees scold Ag Depart.

Seventeen DFL legislators rebuked the state Department of Agriculture late last week over its planned review of the controversial pesticides implicated in the decline in honeybees.

Updated: May 13, 2014, - 09:32 AM

Who's protecting Minnesota's rural rivers from cropland runoff?

Detailed maps show that many farms lack protective “buffer strips” -- 50 feet of wild grasses, trees or shrubs required by state law — to keep runoff out of streams and rivers.

Updated: April 28, 2014, - 10:09 AM

Iron Range rebellion halted wild rice initiative

Gov. Mark Dayton and top state pollution officials abruptly reversed a decision to publicly affirm a water-quality rule designed to protect wild rice after Iron Range legislators intervened in late February, according to internal records.

Updated: April 07, 2014, - 10:06 AM

Pesticides that hurt bees don't help farmers, study finds

Neonicotinoid, common pesticide associated with bee die-off, doesn’t help yields, according to an environmental group's analysis.

Updated: March 24, 2014, - 09:44 PM

Pellet gun felled Isabelle the wolf

One of the famous Isle Royale wolves, she had recently crossed the ice to the mainland.

Updated: March 17, 2014, - 06:22 PM

REVIEW: 'The Ogallala Road,' by Julene Bair

NONFICTION: A third-generation farmer in the Kansas grasslands tries to work the land without contributing to its demise.

Updated: March 15, 2014, - 04:08 PM

Pellet gun felled Isabelle, the wolf that escaped Isle Royale

The 5-year-old lone wolf left Isle Royale for the mainland on an ice bridge that formed on Lake Superior this...

Updated: March 15, 2014, - 10:37 AM

PolyMet copper mine in northeastern Minn. gets cautious EPA approval

After four years and $22 million, PolyMet Mining’s proposed copper mine in northeastern Minnesota cleared a major hurdle when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave plans for the controversial project a passing grade.

Updated: March 13, 2014, - 09:52 PM

Feb. 26: Wild rice protections costly

Next week, in a decision with far-reaching implications for the state’s mining industry and the preservation of its most famous plant, state pollution officials are expected to announce their recommendation for a “sulfate standard” — how much mineral salt Minnesota industries can discharge into the clear, calm waters across the state where wild rice likes to grow.

Updated: February 26, 2014, - 10:23 AM

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