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

Biking is up, even, and especially, in the cold

The number of bicyclists in and around Minneapolis has soared in the past year, signaling that a decade-long cultural shift in transportation and urban design is gaining ground.

Updated: December 20, 2013, - 11:26 PM

Wasps winning war in bug vs. bug battle

Stingless wasps, the natural ash borer predator that were introduced in three sites in Minnesota two years ago, are reproducing, spreading, and killing ash borers, the state Agriculture Department reports.

Updated: December 11, 2013, - 11:49 PM

Bee deaths lead to Minnesota insecticide review

State Agriculture Department will review use and impact of a widely used chemical tied to the dramatic decline in honeybees.

Updated: December 09, 2013, - 09:50 PM

Report adds fresh fuel to polarizing copper mine debate

The DNR released forecast of proposed copper mine’s potential impact on northeast Minnesota.

Updated: December 07, 2013, - 03:26 PM

Before copper mine opens in NE Minn., expansion debate begins

PolyMet Mining says no expansion is planned, but industry analysts say the open pit mine could triple in size within five years, raising the economic and environmental stakes far beyond what PolyMet has discussed with state regulators.

Updated: November 27, 2013, - 01:50 PM

Grant targets exposure to tainted fish

The aim is to limit consumption by young women of mercury-tinged fish from the Lake Superior basin.

Updated: November 20, 2013, - 09:18 PM

$217 million in recyclables lands in Minnesota's trash each year

Minnesotans are throwing away as much garbage as ever, but the contents of the average household dumpster have changed dramatically in the last 10 years. Paper is down — thanks to computers and smartphones — but plastic is up.

Updated: November 17, 2013, - 09:53 PM

Five water mains burst in Woodbury, causing evacuations

33 residents of apartment complex are moved to temporary housing.

Updated: November 17, 2013, - 07:49 PM

70,000 private Minnesota wells are in line for nitrate testing

The Department of Agriculture initiative reflects urgent concerns about Minnesota’s groundwater, which in some areas shows rising levels of pollution from the tons of fertilizer and other forms of nitrogen applied each year across the southern two-thirds of the state.

Updated: November 15, 2013, - 09:35 AM

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