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.
An investigation also found that the former emergency chief overcharged the state for expenses and sullied the agency's reputation.
Updated: November 28, 2007, - 10:51 AM
Timothy Rehak, part of an FBI probe, was rebuked twice before joining the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.
Updated: November 23, 2007, - 07:07 PM
Legislators are told "We'll cross that bridge when we get there" if bids to finish the troubled project exceed budget.
Updated: October 04, 2007, - 08:52 PM
MnDOT said it was proper to seek new bids to save state money, but an independent mediation board found breach of contract.
Updated: October 03, 2007, - 10:31 PM
When the I-35W bridge collapsed, the department official in charge of emergency response was at a conference; she didn't return for 10 days.
Updated: September 19, 2007, - 12:00 AM
Sonia Kay Morphew Pitt, in charge of emergency management, has traveled extensively at taxpayer expense.
Updated: September 18, 2007, - 10:17 PM
Plans to reinforce the bridge were well underway when the project came to a screeching halt in January amid concerns about safety and cost.
Updated: August 18, 2007, - 04:36 PM
J. Richard Capka, the federal highway administrator, was forced out in Massachusetts over the "Big Dig."
Updated: August 14, 2007, - 12:16 AM
Corroded strands of rebar jut from the sides and pillars of the cracked Hwy. 36 bridge near Stillwater, while jagged pieces of fallen concrete litter the ground below.
Updated: August 11, 2007, - 10:48 PM