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

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

Audit: Sex offender program wastes money, is inconsistent

Legislative auditor calls for better therapy, cheaper alternatives.

Updated: March 11, 2011, - 09:09 PM


Claims of unfair tactics intensify disputes between BNSF and injured workers.

Updated: March 07, 2011, - 02:44 PM

In somber hearing, sex offender says he deserves freedom

The rapist confronts his past before a panel that could approve the first release from the Minnesota program.

Updated: March 05, 2011, - 12:16 AM

Dangerous, on the run, pursued by no one

The harrowing case of a psychiatric patient missing for 10 months shows the gaps in the state's tracking system.

Updated: February 28, 2011, - 03:51 PM

2 rapists flee metro halfway houses

Corrections officials are pursuing the sex offenders, termed extremely dangerous.

Updated: February 24, 2011, - 11:15 PM

Seven sex offenders might be released

Facing high costs and a potential court fight, state considers supervised release of some chronic offenders.

Updated: February 08, 2011, - 10:54 PM

Details on sex offender program deleted

Cal Ludeman, a Tim Pawlenty confidant and his commissioner of Human Services, edited a report on Minnesota's sex offender treatment to reflect Pawlenty's views.

Updated: February 07, 2011, - 11:27 PM

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