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

Obituary: Israeli pioneer Aviva Benanav knew loss and love

Aviva Benanav was freed from a child concentration camp in Romania, married an escapee from slave labor and headed to what was then called Palestine.

Updated: July 05, 2012, - 08:38 PM

For 7 Minnesota killers, court ruling raises hope of release

All were under 18 when they decided to kill. They now wonder if they have a new, long shot at freedom in the wake of a historic decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the law under which they were sentenced.

Updated: June 27, 2012, - 05:38 AM

Leper mingled with other state prisoners

He spent two months in the general population at two state prisons before being quarantined.

Updated: June 18, 2012, - 10:50 AM

Canterbury Park and tribe cut deal on gambling

Old foes, Canterbury Park and Mystic Lake join forces to block nontribal racino and boost purses.

Updated: June 04, 2012, - 09:49 PM

Rapist won't be released from sex offender program

John Rydberg completed his sex offender treatment, but a court panel found he still is a danger to the public. An appeal is likely.

Updated: May 18, 2012, - 10:59 PM

Turmoil at Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter spurs audit

Review of agency that cares for the mentally ill and disabled was prompted by reports of maltreatment, mismanagement.

Updated: April 03, 2012, - 10:59 PM

Minnesota's million-dollar inmates

Two forces -- an aging prison population and rising health costs -- threaten to crush the state's corrections budget.

Updated: April 01, 2012, - 10:03 AM

State fires security hospital's chief

In David Proffitt's seven months at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter, staff problems got worse.

Updated: March 28, 2012, - 06:44 AM

Obituary: Ex-Viking Don Joyce was ferocious on field, kind off it

He played with Johnny Unitas before coming to Minnesota and later coached at DeLasalle.

Updated: March 11, 2012, - 12:44 AM

Golden Valley prepares for sex felon moving into halfway house

Convicted pedophile Clarence Opheim is scheduled to move to a halfway house in Golden Valley under careful supervision.

Updated: March 05, 2012, - 11:19 PM

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