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

Minneapolis man boarded in his house

In many ways, Ted Poetsch's experience is emblematic of the forces that have fastened plywood over so much of the North Side and urban neighborhoods across America.

Updated: July 02, 2009, - 12:00 PM

Tough customer won't end siege of White Castle

It was after midnight when Ariel Wade rolled into the drive-through at the 24-hour White Castle, one block from the State Capitol. Wade rolled away "madder than fish grease" after the staff refused to hand over any burgers.

Updated: July 02, 2009, - 12:00 PM

State seizes property of biggest sales tax scofflaw

The owner of a car stereo business is $544,293 behind on tax payments. The Burnsville raid was called "a last resort."

Updated: June 27, 2009, - 07:24 AM

Can a homeowner fight back?

Columbia Heights man, facing foreclosure, helps the attorney general in a suit against mortgage company.

Updated: June 22, 2009, - 09:53 AM

At last, a home without a view -- of road work

Crosstown construction left Mary VanSlooten without neighbors; that's soon to change as she moves into her new house in Richfield.

Updated: June 17, 2009, - 10:59 AM

Feb. 24, 2009: Would you want to live tangled in the Crosstown?

Oops. The state now says it wants to buy Mary VanSlooten's home as part of the highway reconstruction project. And she is more than ready to sell.

Updated: June 16, 2009, - 08:52 PM

Comcast separates porn, kids’ channels

The onscreen guide lists pornography offerings right along with the children's channel shows, making a Minnetonka father uncomfortable. Comcast says it'll take action.

Updated: May 29, 2009, - 12:43 AM

Cruise to Mexico was lost at sea

After the CDC's swine flu warning, their Carnival ship turned around and headed north to San Francisco.

Updated: May 10, 2009, - 02:52 PM

Fire code disputes in St. Paul are a pane

Landlords object to a wave of city-ordered window replacements to meet fire safety codes.

Updated: May 06, 2009, - 08:11 AM

Out of money, she's still fighting

After watching court-appointed officials spend more than $600,000 of her money, Peggy Greer of Excelsior is returning to court to try to win it back.

Updated: April 28, 2009, - 10:58 PM

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