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

Male sex offender was housed in a coed unit at Anoka treatment center

He has since been moved; state officials say they have safeguards to protect vulnerable patients.

Updated: November 26, 2013, - 10:59 PM

State's jails fail inmates with mental illness, with deadly consequences

At least 35 inmates have committed suicide in Minnesota’s county jails since 2000 — nearly a third of them with known psychiatric problems. Another 27 inmates killed themselves in state prisons.

Updated: November 23, 2013, - 03:11 PM

Depression hits home in Minnesota jails

Debra Kickhafer painfully recalls the suicide of her son, Josh Holscher, who killed himself while in Mille Lacs County jail.

Updated: November 23, 2013, - 07:32 AM

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 29, 2013, - 09:26 PM

Hennepin County will pay $1M to settle inmate's neglect claim

Michael Schuler, who had a long history of mental illness and self-inflicted wounds, was arrested in March 2012 for missing a court date and used a pencil to stab himself in both eyes in his cell two months later.

Updated: October 22, 2013, - 10:16 AM

Oct. 21: Release of a second patient from St. Peter hospital is mishandled

A psychiatric patient with a ­history of violence and inappropriate ­sexual behavior was discharged last April, then delivered to a ­Minneapolis boarding facility where he repeatedly had sex with a vulnerable woman, documents show.

Updated: October 21, 2013, - 09:50 AM

New medical provider for state's inmates, after 9 deaths since 2000

Previous company was faulted in a string of deaths and lawsuits.

Updated: October 17, 2013, - 10:49 PM

Investigator: ‘Chaotic’ conditions at St. Peter hospital

The botched release of a violent patient at the Minnesota Security Hospital revealed a lack of checks and balances, an investigator concludes.

Updated: October 10, 2013, - 02:42 PM

Obituary: Dorothy Crabb, social activist

For a woman who survived years behind enemy lines, it seemed only natural to place the rest of her life...

Updated: October 09, 2013, - 07:36 PM

Sept. 8: Hundreds with mental illness languish in Minnesota jails

Across Minnesota, judges, attorneys and sheriffs describe a system that, in effect, criminalizes the mentally ill because of backlogs in the state commitment process and a shortage of psychiatric beds.

Updated: September 08, 2013, - 09:41 PM

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