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


BNSF denied knowing who installed an allegedly hazardous part until the worker volunteered to testify.

Updated: December 08, 2010, - 09:12 AM


From Minnesota to California, BNSF Corp. has drawn judicial penalties for misconduct.

Updated: December 05, 2010, - 11:54 AM


BNSF's accident rate dropped 28 percent in the past decade, and collision-related fatalities dropped 42 percent.

Updated: December 05, 2010, - 05:56 AM

Two top strike force leaders part of inquiry

The Star Tribune has learned the identities of 16 officers reportedly under investigation.

Updated: October 16, 2009, - 12:09 AM

Overthrow charges against Vang are dropped

Hmong general endured 2-year ordeal over his role in alleged plot to overthrow Laos government.

Updated: September 19, 2009, - 12:15 AM

Jeanne Watson pioneered fathers-only parenting class

She persuaded St. John's Hospital to let her start the program in 1979, and the idea spread across the country.

Updated: September 08, 2009, - 08:36 PM

On a collision course

Within weeks of the FBI's arrest of informant Taylor Trump, Lt. Mike Keefe put himself on a collision course with...

Updated: May 21, 2009, - 02:24 PM

Putting cops to the test

When informant Taylor Trump identified cops he alleged were corrupt, investigators decided to see if they could catch the police officers in the act.

Updated: April 23, 2009, - 07:42 AM

'Police versus the police'

The investigation into the informant's claims about corrupt cops spanned more than a year. Did they have enough evidence to prosecute?

Updated: April 22, 2009, - 12:09 PM

Kazeminy questions credibility of ex-associate

His comment was about B.J. Thomas, who has said Kazeminy tried to funnel money to a firm that employed Norm Coleman's wife.

Updated: March 27, 2009, - 09:26 PM

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