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.
Two forces -- an aging prison population and rising health costs -- threaten to crush the state's corrections budget.
Updated: April 01, 2012, - 10:03 AM
In David Proffitt's seven months at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter, staff problems got worse.
Updated: March 28, 2012, - 06:44 AM
He played with Johnny Unitas before coming to Minnesota and later coached at DeLasalle.
Updated: March 11, 2012, - 12:44 AM
Convicted pedophile Clarence Opheim is scheduled to move to a halfway house in Golden Valley under careful supervision.
Updated: March 05, 2012, - 11:19 PM
Most of the experienced psychiatric staff have either quit or been fired at the security facility in St. Peter.
Updated: February 13, 2012, - 02:04 PM
Governor inspected state psychiatric hospital after a string of complaints and resignations.
Updated: February 13, 2012, - 01:56 PM
Clarence Opheim, 64, has been held 19 years in a state program. He will live in a St. Paul halfway house.
Updated: February 03, 2012, - 11:32 PM
Citing the high cost of indefinite civil commitment for Minnesota sex offenders, two influential lawmakers will propose a shift to longer prison terms, coupled with intensive -- but cheaper -- treatment.
Updated: January 19, 2012, - 09:55 PM
Violent reactions to drug sent the inmates to hospitals on Christmas Eve.
Updated: January 17, 2012, - 06:18 AM