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

Feral cats win a round at Mpls. City Hall; council to vote next week

After a public hearing that drew animal lovers of all kinds, a City Council committee voted 5-0 to recommend a new law that in essence licenses the care and feeding of free-roaming cats as part of a larger effort to reduce their numbers.

Updated: September 11, 2013, - 09:44 PM

Feral cat 'colonies' in Minneapolis?

The Minneapolis City Council on Wednesday will weigh in on a national debate that is pitting animal lover against animal lover, when council members vote on an ordinance that would in essence license the care and feeding of free-roaming cats — if they’re neutered.

Updated: September 11, 2013, - 01:02 PM

Aug. 26: Teen bitten by wolf near Lake Winnibigoshish

The unidentified boy, 16, who is reportedly from Solway, Minn., stood up and kicked at the wolf, which then ran away. It's the first documented wolf attack in Minnesota history.

Updated: August 31, 2013, - 04:16 PM

State draining water supplies as nature can’t keep up with demand

Minnesotans pride themselves on their more than 10,000 lakes, but many areas have reached the point where people are using water faster than the rain and snow can replenish it.

Updated: August 30, 2013, - 09:55 PM

New pups offer hope for declining wolves on Isle Royale

Birth of two, maybe three, complicates decision on whether to bring new wolves to the island National Park. Their birth signals a remarkable resilience for the wolves, whose numbers have fallen to their lowest point since they were first counted, in 1959.

Updated: August 30, 2013, - 09:44 PM

Feb. 22: Family ties foiling Isle Royale wolves?

Isle Royale DNA analysis shows more females than expected, suggesting that population decline there may reflect kin relationships, not gender...

Updated: August 30, 2013, - 05:05 PM

July 29: Ely bear researcher Rogers strikes compromise with state

Controversial bear researcher Lynn Rogers can keep collars on 10 bears for now. In return, he agreed to stop hand-feeding his research bears and cease broadcasting video taken inside bear dens.

Updated: August 27, 2013, - 01:06 PM

Public review of Minnesota's first proposed copper mine delayed again

State and federal agencies have worked on the environmental impact statement for the planned copper mine for 3½ years.

Updated: August 23, 2013, - 10:56 PM

Aug. 23: Dead 'leaping' carp found north of Winona

A dead silver carp, the species infamously known for furiously leaping out of the water, has been found just north of Winona, the farthest point yet the unwanted fish has been detected in the Mississippi River.

Updated: August 23, 2013, - 12:32 AM

Despite wins, Minnesota's endangered species list up by 180

For the first time in 17 years, the state on Monday made sweeping updates to the list of species that it considers endangered, threatened or of special concern.

Updated: August 20, 2013, - 12:09 AM

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