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

2 senators block Franken's mental health bill, cite state responsibility

The bill authorizes $40 ­million to extend funding for mental health courts for five years, creates more crisis intervention teams to work closely with police, and offers veterans better screening.

Updated: December 23, 2013, - 06:10 AM

Obituary: Donald Zierdan, Mpls. police officer, dies at 77

The Third Precinct in south Minneapolis encompasses neighborhoods of struggle and calm. A rookie cop soon learns that, more than...

Updated: December 22, 2013, - 12:15 AM

Source: Probable link between militia suspect and Guardsman

An FBI agent testified Monday that Minnesota National Guardsman Keith Novak discussed bombing a National Security Agency facility in Utah, although he has not been charged.

Updated: December 20, 2013, - 11:55 PM

Crucial evidence of response time in inmate's suicide was lost

No video or audio remains to document crucial minutes in 2009 before guards tried to save a Stillwater inmate hanging in his cell.

Updated: December 20, 2013, - 11:52 PM

Mentally ill swamp Minnesota's jails and courts

Witnesses tell a Senate panel that Minnesota has fallen behind in services, care.

Updated: December 11, 2013, - 05:40 AM

Inmate is found strangled at Oak Park Heights prison

A fellow inmate has been named as a suspect in the killing of Wisconsin child molester Shane Cooper.

Updated: December 03, 2013, - 08:55 PM

Nov. 3: Minn. AG tries to block release of serial rapist

Swanson says man who committed 60 rapes is still a danger. Dayton supports the DHS, which says offender finished treatment.

Updated: November 30, 2013, - 10:14 PM

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

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