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

Mpls. needs to step up fire checks, marshal says

The state fire marshal is recommending changes to Minneapolis' inspection practices that could have revealed rampant fire hazards in the Lake Street building where six people died if the city had adopted those rules when it overhauled the system in 2004.

Updated: April 20, 2010, - 10:29 PM

Minn. license flap has staying power

He moved to California in 1981, but a DWI fine is badgering him now. The case is so old Minnesota doesn't have complete records of it but wants the fine: $680.

Updated: April 06, 2010, - 04:08 PM

Ruling stymies child sex-abuse case

Citing a 2004 decision that limits the use of videotaped interviews, Hennepin County won't prosecute a case involving 4-year-old victim.

Updated: March 30, 2010, - 10:33 AM

Have gophers been unfairly accused?

Utility blames gophers for damaging underground wires. Homeowner says it was the utility, which says homeowner must pay.

Updated: March 28, 2010, - 11:11 AM

State cuts off Burnsville contractor

Officials suspended LeMaster Restoration, saying it had a pattern of shoddy work and inflated invoices.

Updated: March 22, 2010, - 12:21 PM

Pages from the past

A century of scandals, riots and politics in Minneapolis.

Updated: March 20, 2010, - 02:41 PM

Whistleblower: Grandma swindled with call for help

Con artists tricked one Minnesota grandmother out of $17,000, making her think her grandson was in jail.

Updated: March 11, 2010, - 11:16 PM

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

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