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. Her work includes coverage of an impotence clinic that was overdosing patients with drugs for erectile dysfunction, sending them to the emergency room; misconduct and conflicts of interest at the University of Minnesota Medical School; an examination of the growth in palliative care and a series on the infertility industry. 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.
Toxins created by popular antibiotic are widespread and worrisome, study says.
Updated: January 22, 2013, - 03:22 PM
The ruling allows the disputed energy farm to pursue permit.
Updated: January 17, 2013, - 06:53 AM
Five researchers described the environmental challenges ahead.
Updated: January 16, 2013, - 05:37 AM
Starting this month, some of Minnesota's few remaining moose will become the most intensely studied of all ungulates, when the state launches a major research project designed to figure out why they are rapidly dying out.
Updated: January 05, 2013, - 07:38 AM
But officials ruled out using electricity to block the invasive fish from reaching waters farther north.
Updated: January 03, 2013, - 09:42 PM
The sudden, early spike of cases hints at a severe flu season.
Updated: January 02, 2013, - 07:20 AM
An Iowa farmer has carved out a middle ground between the extremes of organic purism and the chemically intensive agriculture that is the norm in the Midwest.
Updated: December 29, 2012, - 07:33 AM
As crops spread, some land can no longer cleanse nitrates from groundwater. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is now devising a range of solutions.
Updated: December 23, 2012, - 06:45 AM
One of Minnesota's iconic animals has seen its population drop by almost half since 2005 as researchers try to identify causes.
Updated: December 11, 2012, - 11:43 PM