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

7 Minnesotans indicted as a fraud ring that stole $1M

Theft of ID info led to bad checks, tax returns, federal charges say.

Updated: June 20, 2014, - 12:39 PM

Panel recommends release of man held in Minn. sex offender program

In first test of MSOP ruling, state must show that this patient poses a public risk.

Updated: June 05, 2014, - 11:23 PM

Medication of St. Peter patient called maltreatment

Powerful drug administered against patient’s wishes.

Updated: May 29, 2014, - 11:16 PM

Obituary: Wendell DeBoer took up running at 48 and didn't quit until he was 85

You might have seen him out there on one of those nasty winter mornings — the kind that separates the...

Updated: May 21, 2014, - 08:12 PM

St. Peter mental hospital faulted for bloody killing

State investigation cites St. Peter facility for “unacceptable failure” in January murder of patient.

Updated: May 21, 2014, - 10:48 AM

Guard fired by Hennepin Co. and sought in gun-buy case surrenders

Ex-corrections officer faces charges of helping to arm 3 gang members.

Updated: May 16, 2014, - 05:20 AM

Feds: Fired Hennepin Co. guard, school cook helped arm gang

Fired officer and Mpls. schools cook are indicted in a conspiracy to buy guns for gang members.

Updated: May 15, 2014, - 10:27 AM

Mexican drug cartel enforcers torture teens in St. Paul

Professionals were sent in to recover drugs stolen from Sinaloan syndicate.

Updated: May 06, 2014, - 02:15 PM

April 18: Minnesota heroin crackdown nets 65 arrests, $250K in cash

The raids, carried out by federal and state drug agents in the Twin Cities, Duluth and Rochester, mark a new effort to crack down on the operations of Mexican drug cartels.

Updated: May 06, 2014, - 12:07 AM

April 3, 2014: Prison nurse says boss shredded embarrassing medical log

A supervisor at Stillwater state prison destroyed health records in which a nurse had mockingly written “Faker!” about a critically ill inmate.

Updated: April 03, 2014, - 09:57 PM

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