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

U.S. citizenship no defense against deportation threat

The case of Anthony A. Clarke of Minneapolis appears to reflect a national pattern.

Updated: November 27, 2011, - 06:59 AM

U.S. policy shift gives illegal immigrants hope of staying

Revised focus on deportation enforcement will affect hundreds in Minnesota.

Updated: November 18, 2011, - 06:48 AM

Obituary: George L. Jones, 85, a symbol of recovery

As a teen in 1943, he survived a near-fatal accident with a train, then went on to lead Northrup King.

Updated: November 15, 2011, - 09:39 PM

Corrections chief rejects 'zookeeper' role

Under fire over parole decision, Tom Roy makes no apologies.

Updated: November 04, 2011, - 11:56 PM

Roy defends parole decision

He says parole of cop killer is consistent with law and practice.

Updated: November 03, 2011, - 11:11 PM

Should a cop killer ever be set free?

The landmark parole of Tim Eling has triggered a debate over justice and redemption. Eling says he understands.

Updated: October 30, 2011, - 11:27 AM

Legislative leaders want explanation for parole of cop killer

Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy asked to explain why murderer Tim Eling's life sentence should be cut short.

Updated: October 30, 2011, - 07:26 AM

Cop killer wins landmark parole

Timothy Eling fatally shot Oakdale police officer Richard Walton in 1982. He isn't yet leaving prison, but he remade himself.

Updated: October 30, 2011, - 07:07 AM

Protecting illegal immigrants to catch criminals

One Minnesota county has done an about-face on deportation, bucking federal law to stop violence.

Updated: October 27, 2011, - 10:17 AM

Mayo's Dr. John Shepherd was rebel at heart

He also conducted pivotal cardiovascular research. "He had a 12-cylinder engine for a brain," a colleague recalled.

Updated: October 17, 2011, - 09:35 AM

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