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

The University of Minnesota builds a dream on gravel

The University of Minnesota has launched its vision of an eco-friendly city in rural Dakota County, and right now, it looks an awful lot like a gravel pit.

Updated: August 10, 2014, - 06:58 AM

Orono man sent to jail for junky yard

Two days before his date with the workhouse, James Barth made one final bid for freedom.He told a Hennepin County...

Updated: August 03, 2014, - 11:41 AM

Maple Grove council member reflects on life in workhouse

Fresh from the county workhouse, LeAnn Sargent will have plenty to talk about when she rejoins the Maple Grove City...

Updated: July 26, 2014, - 07:09 PM

Minneapolis' golden age of river traffic never arrived

The long-lived dream of river commerce in Minneapolis officially ended a few weeks ago, laid to rest by the stroke of a presidential pen.

Updated: July 20, 2014, - 03:08 PM

Lawyers still unraveling the case of the thieving conservator

Five lawyers, their meters running, sat down in a Hennepin County courtroom last Thursday. The task at hand: Sorting through...

Updated: July 12, 2014, - 04:00 PM

Full Disclosure: Fighting secrecy, one drone memo at a time

The death warrant for an American-born terrorist carried an innocuous title.“Applicability of Federal Criminal Laws and the Constitution to Contemplated...

Updated: July 05, 2014, - 06:15 PM

Full Disclosure: U law prof. under fire from angry investors

In filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and lawsuits, shareholders have alleged that Edward Adams has at times served...

Updated: June 28, 2014, - 06:48 PM

Full disclosure: One man's public fight for privacy

The police have never knocked down Rich Neumeister’s door in the middle of the night. They haven’t rifled through his...

Updated: June 21, 2014, - 07:16 PM

Full Disclosure: Database solves cold-case mysteries

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is the first publicly accessible nationwide database designed to solve some of the most puzzling and agonizing modern mysteries.

Updated: June 16, 2014, - 07:04 AM

Full Disclosure: A mission to clear his uncle's name

Bob Patrin has spent 30 years trying to clear the name of his uncle Frank, whose death was called a suicide by hanging. What seems to Patrin the sheer absurdity of the official account compells him to try to set the record straight.

Updated: June 07, 2014, - 05:15 PM

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