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.
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: January 23, 2013, - 10:00 PM
The Oberender case exposes loopholes in national gun laws and Minnesota's background checks.
Updated: January 21, 2013, - 12:06 PM
When police arrived to interview Eric Thomes yet again, he hanged himself after an hours-long standoff. But police say that the case is not yet closed.
Updated: January 04, 2013, - 11:45 PM
Though effective, vaccine doesn't provide long-lasting immunity. Children ages 4-12 and in middle school might need booster shots.
Updated: December 26, 2012, - 10:32 PM
Corizon and the state Corrections Department are named in the suit arising from an inmate's death after multiple seizures in 2010.
Updated: December 18, 2012, - 11:18 PM
A document chronicles events of the night that officer Thomas Decker was shot and raises questions about the second cop's reaction.
Updated: December 14, 2012, - 10:53 PM
The part-time police officer on a call with Cold Spring officer Thomas Decker when he was killed may have "froze" instead of going after the killer and hasn't been able to recount important details of the shooting.
Updated: December 14, 2012, - 07:55 AM
The director of the treatment program's health service was reprimanded by the state for unprofessional behavior.
Updated: November 19, 2012, - 08:45 PM
Lapses in prison medical care have produced tragic results for inmates.
Updated: November 12, 2012, - 12:08 PM