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

Lost in federal prison – and held 13 months too long

Jermaine Hickman is suing the federal Bureau of Prisons in what appears to be one of the most egregious cases of illegal incarceration in recent federal history.

Updated: October 11, 2014, - 07:55 AM

Mentally ill and beaten, man sues Beltrami County jailers

Suit says Beltrami County shirked responsibility for medical care needed by victim after beating.

Updated: October 08, 2014, - 12:06 AM

Oct. 29, 2013: A Beltrami County inmate was jailed, beaten – then freed

The mentally ill man in Bemidji was “furloughed” when he needed costly hospital care in Minneapolis.

Updated: October 07, 2014, - 09:50 PM

No. 1: Behind Adrian Peterson's perfect image lay an imperfect person

Adrian Peterson was the face of the Vikings and marketing magic, his brushes with the law and personal life ignored – until suddenly no one could look away.

Updated: October 07, 2014, - 01:29 PM

Hennepin County correctional officer indicted on drug charges

Her alleged role in a meth-dealing ring led to charges.

Updated: October 04, 2014, - 01:05 PM

Jan. 24, 2013: Background checks on guns flawed, officials say

Top law enforcement officials tell legislators to fix mental health loopholes. A coalition of top law enforcement officials want legislative help to keep the mentally ill out of prisons and guns out of the hands of people already disqualified from owning them.

Updated: October 03, 2014, - 09:51 PM

Jan. 20, 2013: Murderous 'monster' acquires an arsenal, exposing loopholes in laws, background checks

The Oberender case exposes loopholes in national gun laws and Minnesota's background checks.

Updated: October 03, 2014, - 09:50 PM

Slick videos, social media lure Minnesotans to Middle East fight

Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has zeroed in on Minnesota, home to the largest Somali population in the country, as a target-rich recruiting ground for fighters.

Updated: September 21, 2014, - 06:25 AM

Sept. 4: St. Paul woman recruited to aid terrorists in Syria

19-year-old St. Paul woman has left to help wounded terrorists, according to a family member.

Updated: September 20, 2014, - 06:05 PM

Sept. 7: Federal grand jury targets local terrorist pipeline

Between 20-30 Somalis may have conspired to join terrorists.

Updated: September 20, 2014, - 06:04 PM

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