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

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

Jan. 4: 'Person of interest' in cop slaying kills himself

When police arrived to interview Eric Thomes yet again, he hanged himself after an hours-long standoff. But police say that the case is not yet closed.

Updated: January 04, 2013, - 11:45 PM

Whooping cough cases soar in Minn.

Though effective, vaccine doesn't provide long-lasting immunity. Children ages 4-12 and in middle school might need booster shots.

Updated: December 26, 2012, - 10:32 PM

Rush City prison medical contractor sued

Corizon and the state Corrections Department are named in the suit arising from an inmate's death after multiple seizures in 2010.

Updated: December 18, 2012, - 11:18 PM

Slain Cold Spring officer's partner backed away

A document chronicles events of the night that officer Thomas Decker was shot and raises questions about the second cop's reaction.

Updated: December 14, 2012, - 10:53 PM

2nd Cold Spring cop is unable to give description of gunman

The part-time police officer on a call with Cold Spring officer Thomas Decker when he was killed may have "froze" instead of going after the killer and hasn't been able to recount important details of the shooting.

Updated: December 14, 2012, - 07:55 AM

Manager in Minn.’s sex-offender treatment program censured

The director of the treatment program's health service was reprimanded by the state for unprofessional behavior.

Updated: November 19, 2012, - 08:45 PM

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