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

Divisive Iron Range copper mine draws full house, strong views

An estimated 1,300 to 1,500 people braved blowing snow and low temperatures to attend a five-hour DNR public hearing on PolyMet Mining's proposed $650 million open pit mine near Babbitt.

Updated: January 17, 2014, - 01:52 PM

10-cent bottle fee: Good for environment or consumer nuisance?

Lawmakers say Minnesota is overdue to raise recycling rates; a 10-cent drink container deposit is one possible solution.

Updated: January 14, 2014, - 02:08 PM

Minneapolis UCC church installs solar panels as social statement

The Mayflower United Church of Christ flipped the switch on one of the largest solar arrays in Minneapolis as a brazen and public strike against climate change.

Updated: January 03, 2014, - 09:55 AM

Explosion, fire at Cedar-Riverside apartments injure 13, six critically

No cause has been identified as of yet, but the building that housed a grocery and several apartments is likely a total loss. A police squad car reported the fire at around 8:16 a.m. after seeing the explosion and seeing debris on the street.

Updated: January 01, 2014, - 02:16 PM

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

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