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

Years after 9/11 attacks, 28 pages are still blank

In the public report of Congress’ investigation of the 9/11 attacks, something strange happens after page 395. The words disappear,...

Updated: May 02, 2015, - 04:11 PM

Shiffer: Secrecy won't help to stem Minnesota's bird flu crisis

The avian flu epidemic sweeping through poultry farms has triggered a state of emergency in Minnesota. It’s not serious enough,...

Updated: April 27, 2015, - 09:15 AM

Behind bars, a news camera ban in Minnesota

A media policy spelled out in February prohibits any photography or videography, reversing a previous rule that allowed inmates, with the approval of the Department of Corrections (DOC), to grant on-camera interviews.

Updated: April 20, 2015, - 05:04 PM

The last days of coal at Black Dog plant

At 680 feet tall, the concrete smokestack of Xcel Energy’s Black Dog power plant towers over the Minnesota River bottomlands....

Updated: April 13, 2015, - 03:28 PM

Public records are optional for townships

The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act applies to state agencies, counties, cities, the Met Council and many other units of government, but most townships are not covered.

Updated: April 04, 2015, - 06:54 PM

Despite open data law, Dakota County closes ranks after official's firing

Nearly a month has passed since the Dakota County commissioners fired the county’s longtime community development director. The public still...

Updated: March 28, 2015, - 10:53 PM

Minnesota courts poised to put criminal records online

Joshua Esmay knew he faced long odds when he approached the podium at the Minnesota Supreme Court last week.Esmay is...

Updated: March 21, 2015, - 04:08 PM

On Sunshine Week, a salute to data sharers

Today marks the start of Sunshine Week, the annual exercise in chasing away the shadows of government secrecy. It’s observed...

Updated: March 14, 2015, - 04:46 PM

Chanhassen man fined for lying about an election

With his legal appeals exhausted, Bonn Clayton knows the time has come to write a $600 check. That’s the penalty...

Updated: March 09, 2015, - 09:23 AM

Fondness for spring water overflows in Eden Prairie

None of those gathering water seemed perturbed by the city’s sign warning that “even though the water is tested, we cannot assure its safety at all times.”

Updated: February 28, 2015, - 04:36 PM

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