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

Obituary: Dr. Sylvester Sanfilippo, pediatrician and researcher

His name is associated with a rare and fatal childhood disease, which he helped identify 50 years ago. His satisfaction...

Updated: May 10, 2013, - 12:17 AM

Monday: Terror attack against police foiled, FBI says

Buford Rogers appeared in federal court Monday. Authorities said his arrest and the confiscation of guns and pipe bombs possibly saved lives.

Updated: May 07, 2013, - 05:06 PM

Chisholm assisted-living facility left man sitting in filth

State report to be released today finds neglect at Chisholm home.

Updated: April 17, 2013, - 09:45 PM

Records infraction not first for doctor fired from state mental hospital

A state psychiatrist who was forced to resign in 2005 was later rehired and then fired because of poor patient...

Updated: April 13, 2013, - 12:07 AM

Nov. 18: Lost empire: Can Best Buy make a comeback?

Best Buy was once one of the most admired brands. Today, the founder and his loyal execs want a shot at restoring the company to its glory days, despite some big missteps in the past decade.

Updated: March 25, 2013, - 10:23 AM

As ATF nominee, U.S. Attorney Jones faces critics' distrust

More than a dozen agents, judges and prosecutors elaborated on major drug and gang cases that Jones’ office refused to prosecute and describing an erosion of trust between the top law enforcement official in Minnesota and those assigned to tackle the government’s most dangerous cases.

Updated: March 19, 2013, - 04:59 PM

Obituary: Linda Bergstrom, chief of Minneapolis park police, 'went above and beyond'

She loved her job, her colleagues – and stray pets

Updated: February 28, 2013, - 11:33 PM

Former Minneapolis FBI director attacks Jones' ATF nomination

Donald E. Oswald sent a letter to members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee denouncing B. Todd Jones' performance as U.S. Attorney in Minnesota as they prepare to consider his nomination to director of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Updated: January 31, 2013, - 10:20 PM

Background checks on guns flawed, officials say

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

No. 2: Murderous 'monster' acquires an arsenal, exposing loopholes in laws, background checks

The Oberender case exposes loopholes in national gun laws and Minnesota's background checks.

Updated: January 21, 2013, - 12:06 PM

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