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

St. Peter psychiatric hospital is in turmoil

Most of the experienced psychiatric staff have either quit or been fired at the security facility in St. Peter.

Updated: February 13, 2012, - 02:04 PM

Dayton cites 'crisis’ at St. Peter hospital

Governor inspected state psychiatric hospital after a string of complaints and resignations.

Updated: February 13, 2012, - 01:56 PM

First sex offender is granted release by judges

Clarence Opheim, 64, has been held 19 years in a state program. He will live in a St. Paul halfway house.

Updated: February 03, 2012, - 11:32 PM

Cost drives new plan on treating sex offenders

Citing the high cost of indefinite civil commitment for Minnesota sex offenders, two influential lawmakers will propose a shift to longer prison terms, coupled with intensive -- but cheaper -- treatment.

Updated: January 19, 2012, - 09:55 PM

Six inmates high on LSD unleash a day of chaos in Faribault

Violent reactions to drug sent the inmates to hospitals on Christmas Eve.

Updated: January 17, 2012, - 06:18 AM

Drugs flow into locked state facility in Fergus Falls

Security review is ordered; patient charged with dealing. Police say narcotics were smuggled into the Fergus Falls facility.

Updated: January 12, 2012, - 12:02 PM

Minnesota sex offender makes bid for freedom

John Rydberg, 69, could become the first resident released since 1994 from state sex-offender treatment.

Updated: January 07, 2012, - 08:06 AM

Old mill won't be rising again

Rebuilding Freeport's historic Swany White Flour Mill, ruined by a fire, would be too costly, its somber owner says.

Updated: December 28, 2011, - 09:56 PM

Dec. 19: Violence casts a pall over state's courtrooms

The shootings in Grand Marais were only the latest in a long list.

Updated: December 27, 2011, - 11:24 AM

Budget triage ahead for state GOP

Republicans will learn this week how deep in debt their party is - and who their leaders will be. Successors for both former GOP chairman Tony Sutton and former Majority Leader Amy Koch are to be chosen this week.

Updated: December 25, 2011, - 10:37 PM

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