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

Bloody killing at St. Peter security hospital is 1st in 30 years

Mentally ill man is held in death at the troubled Security Hospital.

Updated: January 23, 2014, - 09:52 PM

Minnesota Security Hospital psychiatrist scolded for shock therapy threat

The decision by Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson overrules the department’s inspector general, who decided last month that the psychiatrist’s threats didn’t merit a finding of maltreatment.

Updated: January 21, 2014, - 09:21 PM

State is sued in death of Lino Lakes prison inmate

Nurses refused David Picard treatment for his severe respiratory infection.

Updated: January 04, 2014, - 07:00 PM

Jan. 1: Minnesota Security Hospital: Staff in crisis spreads turmoil

Changing culture and filling jobs have proved difficult at the Minnesota Security Hospital, a sprawling facility that houses more than 300 patients on the outskirts of St. Peter.

Updated: January 01, 2014, - 08:54 AM

Case of St. Peter patient who killed sister remains controversial

Burt Ewing Jr. murdered his sister in 1998. After a judge found him not guilty due to mental illness, he was committed to the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. 14 years later, he stabbed his mother while on a "day pass" from the hospital. He was found not guilty for attempted murder and will remain at the security hospital indefinitely.

Updated: December 31, 2013, - 12:42 PM

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

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