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

Legislative auditor to investigate Minneapolis Urban League

The legislative auditor will look into alleged double-billing for education programs.

Updated: April 15, 2015, - 11:47 PM

Obituary: Marlene Smith, the 'Water Tower Lady' of Lindstrom, was an accomplished executive

Raised on a farm, Smith appreciated hard work and loved to help others.

Updated: April 14, 2015, - 06:49 PM

St. Cloud State professor arrested for allegedly smuggling ivory

Federal agents say the philosophy professor traded in illegal elephant ivory and other restricted wildlife part from 2006 through at least 2011.

Updated: March 31, 2015, - 11:21 PM

Department of Corrections settles lawsuit with family of prisoner who died after being denied treatment

This settlement brings the total the department has paid to settle medical maltreatment lawsuits to nearly $1.5 million.

Updated: March 24, 2015, - 07:25 PM

Union, workers: Staffing shortage contributed to suicide at state facility

The suicide Sunday night of a mentally ill, chemically dependent patient at the state facility will be investigated by an independent examiner, state officials said.

Updated: March 13, 2015, - 11:47 AM

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

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