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

On the hook for expensive calls

Cell phone customers got stung with big bills months after making international calls.

Updated: March 08, 2010, - 05:05 PM

Murder of a Minneapolis muckraker

Newspaperman Arthur Kasherman, who bashed crooked public officials and gangsters, was gunned down on Jan. 22, 1945. No one was ever brought to justice, but the murder started a movement against mob rule in Minneapolis.

Updated: March 05, 2010, - 06:34 PM

Your mishap is their opening

Last year, Terry got into a fender bender. The police took down his name and address for their report. In three weeks, the mail started coming.

Updated: March 01, 2010, - 09:33 AM

Angry drivers are put to the psych test

Each year, about 60 Minnesotans who show a pattern of aggressive driving must take a psychological exam to keep their licenses.

Updated: February 23, 2010, - 06:37 AM

Windfall turned out to be an illusion

She found out the hard way: It's tough earning money as a "mystery shopper," unless you're the one running an Internet scam.

Updated: February 15, 2010, - 10:42 AM

Family stuck in mortgage red tape

A Twin Cities family's earnest efforts to save their house through a federal program has brought only frustration.

Updated: January 27, 2010, - 10:58 PM

Car deal stalls over price dispute

"Error'' accelerates bad blood, brings lawsuit between Walser Chrysler of Hopkins and long-time customer Tammie Townsend.

Updated: January 18, 2010, - 09:26 AM

Sears gift card didn't show up

Some who joined Sears' gift card program for military families had to wait a long time for the cards to materialize.

Updated: January 08, 2010, - 12:48 AM

Lottery error gives 0 to Daily 3 'winners'

The state hot line and website at first mistakenly listed 000, and a Minneapolis player who picked those numbers feels cheated.

Updated: January 07, 2010, - 09:04 PM

Red tape fouls defibrillator request

Art Tilson had a fatal heart attack. His co-workers want to honor him with the life-saving device, but there's a lot of red tape.

Updated: January 06, 2010, - 08:44 AM

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