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

Full disclosure: Why hide the camera's ugly truth?

After a grand jury exonerated police in a fatal shooting last February on Hwy. 212, the dash cam video became public. Except for the moment that the fatal shots were fired.

Updated: February 07, 2015, - 05:10 PM

Shiffer: Inching toward a last call for the White Pages

Minnesota still requires phone companies to deliver a printed copy of the residential listings to its customers every year. That could change as soon as this spring.

Updated: January 31, 2015, - 11:00 PM

Another toxic villain rides into the sunset

By the end of this year, PFOA, a major category of perfluorochemicals, will join PCBs, chlorofluorocarbons and leaded gasoline in the graveyard of chemical villains that we once loved.

Updated: January 24, 2015, - 04:23 PM

Full Disclosure: Child abuse should not be kept under wraps

More transparency. Less secrecy. Those are rallying cries of a task force examining how Minnesota could better safeguard the lives...

Updated: January 19, 2015, - 09:57 AM

HUD owes you money? See if you can get it

Thomas Owens thinks he would have remembered if the government owed him $3,772.Yet more than 20 years after he paid...

Updated: January 10, 2015, - 05:43 PM

Unruly airline passengers pay steep fare

For angry airline passengers keen on paying way more for their flight, here are some pointers.Assault or grope a flight...

Updated: January 03, 2015, - 06:18 PM

Farmers to EPA: Don't tell activists where we are

In making their case for privacy, livestock farmers paint a menacing picture of what can happen when people know how...

Updated: December 28, 2014, - 07:59 PM

Shiffer: Insurance policy's fine print trumps 96-year-old's good faith

On her 96th birthday earlier this month, Elaine Tollefson celebrated with a visit from out-of-town grandkids to her home, an...

Updated: December 20, 2014, - 04:17 PM

Reporter's curiosity gets the FBI's attention

In these strange times, merely asking what the government is doing can get you a file at the FBI.That’s what...

Updated: December 13, 2014, - 04:27 PM

Shiffer: State reports weed out medical pot growers' 'trade secrets'

LeafLine Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions proved to the state that they had the financial wherewithal, technical prowess and security procedures to process and sell medical cannabis to patients. But if you want to know the details, you’re out of luck.

Updated: December 06, 2014, - 04:54 PM

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