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

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

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

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