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

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

Second Minnesota fighter may have been killed in Syria

The FBI is looking into the possibility that a Twin Cities Somali man was killed in Syria fighting with terrorists.

Updated: August 29, 2014, - 11:27 AM

Obituary: Albert 'Alby' Zatkoff, managing editor at Best Buy website

After enduring his first rounds of chemotherapy at North Memorial Medical Center’s Humphrey Cancer Center in February 2013, Albert Zatkoff...

Updated: August 28, 2014, - 11:38 PM

Feds bust worldwide smartphone theft ring based in Twin Cities

Family who own dozen metro area phone stores accused of reaping more than $4 million from selling stolen phones. The estimated profit on the resale of each stolen phone ranged between $500 to $1,000, authorities said.

Updated: August 12, 2014, - 11:41 PM

Torture at St. Paul drug house leads to guilty plea

A Mexican cartel sent enforcers to Minnesota to recover stolen drugs.

Updated: July 30, 2014, - 09:13 PM

Minneapolis gang member in jail gun ring pleads guilty

Agents say he romanced a corrections officer and got her to buy guns for him.

Updated: July 10, 2014, - 08:48 PM

Sept. 5, 2013: Ex-regulator got job at track she oversaw

Racing Commission must now ensure the industry’s ethics.

Updated: July 08, 2014, - 08:30 PM

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