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

1975 night of horror still not behind them

Edina man plans to testify as the state weighs freeing the man who raped him and his wife.

Updated: April 04, 2011, - 08:50 AM

Sex offender on the run is arrested

Rapist who fled St. Paul halfway house in February was taken into custody in Roseville.

Updated: March 30, 2011, - 07:55 PM

'This bridge can't wait'

The Hastings Bridge is a stark symbol of Minnesota's crumbling infrastructure. MnDOT says the bridge is safe, but that's little comfort to the people who use it.

Updated: March 23, 2011, - 04:12 PM

Part 2: Hwy. 14, Highway of horrors

In south-central Minnesota, many people have been hurt or killed on Hwy. 14, which has several two-lane stretches that are among the most dangerous in the state.

Updated: March 23, 2011, - 04:11 PM

Part 3: Flying into the danger zone?

Safety zones at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport once banned high-density development. But in April 2004, MnDOT Commissioner Carol Molnau decided to open up the airport's safety zones to make room for commerce.

Updated: March 23, 2011, - 04:10 PM

Sheriff tried to dissuade Gang Strike Force audit

Bob Fletcher says he changed his mind after cash and vehicles could not be found.

Updated: March 23, 2011, - 02:11 PM

Gang Strike Force officer faces stalking probe

Minneapolis Police Sgt. Randall L. Olson, a 10-year veteran who was assigned to the Strike Force in 2008, denies using Metro Gang Strike Force's GPS equipment to track a woman.

Updated: March 23, 2011, - 02:07 PM

Document shredding puts Strike Force in doubt

The integrity of the team of 34 officers and supervisors from 13 local law enforcement agencies, who focus on gang- and drug-related crime, now is so damaged by the unauthorized destruction that it may never restart operations.

Updated: March 23, 2011, - 02:04 PM

Crime fighters gone rogue

The Gang Strike Force racked up many victories; then stardom turned to ashes.

Updated: March 23, 2011, - 01:51 PM

Psychologist: Sex offender still a significant danger

He says John Rydberg has deceived therapists and manipulated Minnesota's treatment system.

Updated: March 12, 2011, - 10:02 AM

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