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

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

State hires attorney to investigate release of violent mental patient

A veteran health care attorney has been hired to investigate the case of a violent mental patient who was left on a street corner to fend for himself.

Updated: August 16, 2013, - 05:53 AM

Aug. 6: State dumps sex offender on Mpls. corner

Star Tribune exclusive: Bureaucratic lapse led to the man’s release from St. Peter psychiatric security hospital.

Updated: August 06, 2013, - 07:04 AM

July 30, 2013: Stillwater inmate sues state over his medical care

He says neglect in Stillwater prison left him with permanent nerve damage.

Updated: July 30, 2013, - 10:22 PM

Rogue psychiatrist investigation leaves Minnesota officials fuming

The probe involving three high-ranking psychiatrists has come to light at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, angering the agency’s top officials and underscoring a pattern of management breakdowns in the state’s mental health system.

Updated: July 20, 2013, - 06:59 AM

April 8: Judge slams St. Peter hospital for misleading him on patient's care

Two psychiatrists at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter deliberately misled a Hennepin County judge about the care of a mentally ill woman after the judge concluded she had suffered medical neglect, according to court documents reviewed by the Star Tribune.

Updated: July 19, 2013, - 09:04 PM

April 22: Billing puts psychiatrist in two places at once; Minnesota alleges false billing

State investigators allege psychiatrist who oversaw care for hundreds of patients billed falsely.

Updated: July 19, 2013, - 09:04 PM

Man in wheelchair who was hit, killed on Minneapolis highway is ID'd

A 37-year old man from East Grand Forks has been identified as the person killed Thursday night while crossing a...

Updated: July 14, 2013, - 05:30 PM

Woman killed in Minneapolis fire is identified

A woman who died in a fire in her south Minneapolis home on Friday has been identified as Kelly Ann...

Updated: July 14, 2013, - 01:39 PM

Minnesota pays $400,000 to settle suit in inmate's death

Mentally ill prisoner died after bout of seizures untreated.

Updated: May 21, 2013, - 09:39 PM

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