James Shiffer

Team leader | Minneapolis and Whistleblower
Phone: 612-673-4271
James Eli Shiffer supervises coverage of the city of Minneapolis, overseeing a team of reporters assigned to City Hall, city schools, public safety and general news. He also oversees Whistleblower column and blog, which investigates reader complaints about injustices, rip-offs and red tape. Shiffer joined the Star Tribune in 2005.

A native of Scarsdale, N.Y., Shiffer previously worked at The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.


Recent content from James Shiffer

John Bacich, 'King of Skid Row,' preserved history

Back in the days when Minneapolis had a Skid Row, John Bacich was its king. Bacich owned the Victor Hotel, Rex Liquors and the freewheeling Sourdough Bar, home of the 10 cent beer. Those institutions, like the rest of the Gateway District downtown, were swept away by urban renewal in the early 1960s.

Updated: December 01, 2012, - 04:41 PM

Hours before death, man talked of pride in firm

On Thursday morning, Reuven Rahamim bubbled over with enthusiasm about the future of his company, Accent Signage Systems.

Updated: September 28, 2012, - 11:06 AM

May Day demonstration turned police parade in Minneapolis

After demonstrating in front of U.S. Bank’s headquarters on Nicollet Mall, anti-Wall Street protesters marched down Nicollet Mall, trailed by...

Updated: July 26, 2012, - 09:15 PM

Miles of sand in Duluth

Grassy dunes, quiet beaches, and a dip in Lake Superior await at Park Point, on the far side of the Lift Bridge.

Updated: July 14, 2012, - 09:57 AM

May 22, 2011: On North Side, a quiet Sunday turns into chaos

In a part of Minneapolis where neighbors often feel buffeted from all directions, Sunday's tornado was one thing they didn't think they had to worry about.

Updated: May 22, 2012, - 10:41 AM

Interactive map: Tornado's path and lingering toll

Updated: May 21, 2012, - 08:44 AM

Minneapolis wins in fight against landlord

Spiros Zorbalas lost appeal for 3 properties, could lose 35 more.

Updated: March 07, 2012, - 08:16 PM

Officials make arrests at Occupy Mpls

Early Thursday morning Minneapolis police made arrests at the new Occupy Mpls encampment in front of Mpls City Hall.

Updated: February 15, 2012, - 01:56 AM

Use of 'prone restraint' questioned

A video camera worn by a police officer captures a struggle between a 28-year-old man and Minneapolis police subsequently raising...

Updated: February 14, 2012, - 04:59 PM

Whistleblower: Grain Belt sign a big graffiti target

The iconic sign's owner thinks he deserves a break from city's graffiti crackdown policy. | Hard Data

Updated: November 21, 2011, - 12:09 PM

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