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

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

'Recovery center' could replace jail for mentally ill offenders

Troubled by years of horrific and costly incidents at the Hennepin County jail, officials are proposing a sweeping overhaul of the way mentally ill adults are treated after being arrested, detained and funneled into the criminal justice system.

Updated: December 09, 2014, - 05:22 AM

St. Paul woman charged with stealing passport to travel to Syria

A St. Paul woman was charged in federal court Tuesday with stealing a passport in order to travel to Syria,...

Updated: December 03, 2014, - 12:15 AM

Obituary: Marie Shaw Wolpert 'blew a fuse' in Hollywood, made Humphrey laugh

Deep inside a long-gone Minneapolis hotel known as The Minnesotan, there was a red lounge called the “Panther Room,” a...

Updated: November 29, 2014, - 03:47 PM

2 Minneapolis men charged with attempting to aid terrorists

Federal prosecutors are investigating an ISIL recruitment pipeline

Updated: November 26, 2014, - 10:13 PM

To fend off terror recruiting, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger unveils Somali community effort

U.S. attorney to seek funds for programs that lure young Somalis away from radicalism.

Updated: November 24, 2014, - 09:47 PM

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