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

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

MnDOT resolves a splitting concern

As part of its reconstruction of the Crosstown/35W, MnDOT removed an old chain-link fence that once divided state right of way from the back yard of Henry and Jeannie Adams in south Minneapolis.

Updated: March 25, 2009, - 07:11 AM

A lost bid to control health costs

A Hopkins couple without health insurance tried in vain to rein in expenses on a quick trip to the hospital.

Updated: March 21, 2009, - 10:35 PM

Teacher complained to the state, then lost her job

Lauren Strom complained about an understaffing violation at a Minneapolis day-care center where she worked. The center fired her.

Updated: March 14, 2009, - 10:30 PM

Whistleblower: Lovely trees are cleared for cutdown

Planes using Crystal Airport don't fly over the eight white pines, but the Airports Commission insists that seven of them must go to meet rules.

Updated: March 01, 2009, - 09:39 AM

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