James Shiffer

Columnist and team leader | Watchdog and data team
Phone: 612-673-4116
James Eli Shiffer writes the Full Disclosure column and supervises the watchdog and data team. 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

Shiffer: Insurance policy's fine print trumps 96-year-old's good faith

On her 96th birthday earlier this month, Elaine Tollefson celebrated with a visit from out-of-town grandkids to her home, an...

Updated: December 20, 2014, - 04:17 PM

Reporter's curiosity gets the FBI's attention

In these strange times, merely asking what the government is doing can get you a file at the FBI.That’s what...

Updated: December 13, 2014, - 04:27 PM

Shiffer: State reports weed out medical pot growers' 'trade secrets'

LeafLine Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions proved to the state that they had the financial wherewithal, technical prowess and security procedures to process and sell medical cannabis to patients. But if you want to know the details, you’re out of luck.

Updated: December 06, 2014, - 04:54 PM

Full Disclosure: Search for Mound housing info turns into comedy of errors

My saga begins way, way back in April, when I came across a 2013 list of “troubled” public housing authorities...

Updated: November 23, 2014, - 06:38 AM

St. Paul artist may be out of options to save house

The old house on the hill on St. Paul’s East Side joined the city’s list of worst vacant properties back...

Updated: November 17, 2014, - 11:20 AM

Luger defends controversial police tactic

Several times each year, an unusual scene plays out at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. Acting on a tip, federal agents approach...

Updated: November 08, 2014, - 04:20 PM

Rescue effort hopes to head off extinction of Minnesota butterflies

The Minnesota Zoo’s experiment to create an “insurance population” of Dakota skippers represent a small but heroic effort to counterbalance whatever is killing them in the wild.

Updated: November 01, 2014, - 10:56 PM

Ditch-mapping mission by drone has FAA's OK

Tim Briggs said he’s the first commercial drone operator in Minnesota to get permission from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Updated: October 26, 2014, - 12:45 PM

'Jane Doe' may finally be identified

Read more of this blog at startribune.com/fulldisclosure.As I was combing through the NamUs database for my Sunday column about unidentified...

Updated: October 23, 2014, - 08:22 PM

Body in shed is a rare 'John Doe' in Minnesota

Advances in DNA, the electronic trail of social media and a concerted national effort to match missing persons reports with unidentified remains have solved mystery after mystery, often within hours.

Updated: October 18, 2014, - 06:51 PM

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