Paul McEnroe

Investigative reporter | General assignment and quasi-government agencies
Phone: 612-673-1745

Paul McEnroe has been a reporter at the Star Tribune since 1980, specializing in coverage of social justice issues, including failures in the child protection system, addicted youth, domestic violence, foster care and abuses of the mentally retarded. His investigations include “The Informant,” on the FBI’s 2007-08 corruption probe inside the Minneapolis Police Department; an examination of factors leading to the collapse of the I-35W Bridge, including the series “Money vs. Safety”; the plane crash that killed U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone; and the unsavory fund-raising machine of Vietnam-era Hmong warrior Gen. Vang Pao.

McEnroe has covered the Gulf War, the conflict in Bosnia-Croatia and the Iraq War. In 2005, he was named an Ochberg Fellow by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma for his longtime coverage of victims of violence. He holds a Master’s Degree in journalism from Michigan State University and is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he teaches investigative and in-depth reporting.

Recent content from Paul McEnroe

Angry local Somalis allege racial profiling, harassment at airports

Despite security clearances from the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service, Somali youth leader Mohamed Farah from Minneapolis says he cannot board a plane at the Twin Cities airport without being stopped and double-screened by agents of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Updated: March 01, 2015, - 10:21 AM

Minneapolis man pulled off flight by FBI indicted on terror conspiracy charges

Hamza Ahmed, 19, had a Middle East trip booked to aid the Islamic State.

Updated: February 19, 2015, - 09:59 PM

Area Muslim leaders call federal outreach cloak for spying

Mosques should not “become places of spying,” an imam says in faulting new federal outreach efforts.

Updated: February 17, 2015, - 11:32 PM

Twin Cities suspect arrested by FBI was pulled off flight to Middle East

Hamza Ahmed is accused of lying in terror probe.

Updated: February 05, 2015, - 11:56 PM

Bemidji confronts making places for mentally ill in crisis

Prosecutors, judges and others support a plan to create four regional “jail diversion” hubs.

Updated: January 31, 2015, - 10:29 PM

Minneapolis FBI refused to use Somali outreach for spying

A 2009 directive from national headquarters sought to use community outreach to gather intelligence on terrorist recruitment, but Kyle Loven, above, of the local office says Minneapolis agents never followed it.

Updated: January 28, 2015, - 11:20 PM

String of failures came before suicidal 6-year-old's death

Child protection workers and care providers failed to work together for more than a year to safeguard 6-year-old Kendrea Johnson, despite knowing she was severely mentally ill and living in a chaotic Brooklyn Park foster home, according to records.

Updated: January 18, 2015, - 12:27 PM

Minnesota Somali reportedly killed in terrorist fighting in Syria

Somali-American thought to be fighting for terrorists.

Updated: December 22, 2014, - 09:11 PM

Former Stillwater mayor charged in fraud scheme

Federal prosecutors allege that Ken Harycki helped a home health company defraud Medicaid and avoid taxes.

Updated: December 17, 2014, - 10:44 PM

Minnesota to pay $200,000 in latest lawsuit after inmate treated at prison dies

David Picard, 32, died from pneumonia, sepsis after nurses failed to offer proper care.

Updated: December 10, 2014, - 09:38 PM

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