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

March 24: Cartels pipe heroin, death into the heartland

The wreckage can be seen across the Twin Cities — from the Anoka County gathering where parents told stories of death and addiction, to the Scott County, where a pregnant addict was sentenced to jail.

Updated: March 24, 2014, - 12:59 PM

Cheap, abundant, deadly

Mexico has emerged as a major player in the world heroin trade, and it now trails only Afghanistan in poppy...

Updated: March 22, 2014, - 09:45 PM

Legislative auditor urges stronger oversight of Minn. prison medical care

Minnesota’s prison health care system lacks adequate oversight and outside accountability, factors that have contributed to deaths of inmates and failures in care, according to a report issued Thursday by Legislative Auditor James Nobles.

Updated: February 20, 2014, - 10:32 PM

Medical provider is sued in Lino Lakes inmate's death in 2011

After pleas for medical help were allegedly ignored, a 34-year-old inmate at Lino Lakes died in his cell in 2011.

Updated: February 10, 2014, - 11:01 PM

Obituary: Hal Seymour, newspaper editor

Hal Seymour was known as the “Gray Shark” at the old Minneapolis Star — a lanky editor with a slick...

Updated: February 05, 2014, - 09:44 PM

Patient at St. Peter hospital charged with murder in killing of another patient

A mentally ill patient has confessed that he killed a fellow patient at the Minnesota Security Hospital because he was...

Updated: January 24, 2014, - 09:30 PM

Bloody killing at St. Peter security hospital is 1st in 30 years

Mentally ill man is held in death at the troubled Security Hospital.

Updated: January 23, 2014, - 09:52 PM

Minnesota Security Hospital psychiatrist scolded for shock therapy threat

The decision by Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson overrules the department’s inspector general, who decided last month that the psychiatrist’s threats didn’t merit a finding of maltreatment.

Updated: January 21, 2014, - 09:21 PM

State is sued in death of Lino Lakes prison inmate

Nurses refused David Picard treatment for his severe respiratory infection.

Updated: January 04, 2014, - 07:00 PM

Jan. 1: Minnesota Security Hospital: Staff in crisis spreads turmoil

Changing culture and filling jobs have proved difficult at the Minnesota Security Hospital, a sprawling facility that houses more than 300 patients on the outskirts of St. Peter.

Updated: January 01, 2014, - 08:54 AM

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