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: Database solves cold-case mysteries

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is the first publicly accessible nationwide database designed to solve some of the most puzzling and agonizing modern mysteries.

Updated: June 16, 2014, - 07:04 AM

Full Disclosure: A mission to clear his uncle's name

Bob Patrin has spent 30 years trying to clear the name of his uncle Frank, whose death was called a suicide by hanging. What seems to Patrin the sheer absurdity of the official account compells him to try to set the record straight.

Updated: June 07, 2014, - 05:15 PM

Full Disclosure: $200K in custody

The strange journey of the $200 grand in the silver attaché case began when drug investigators raided a Minneapolis tobacco shop.

Updated: June 01, 2014, - 01:53 PM

Full Disclosure: Requiem for the ash tree, caught between a chain saw and a bug

Last week marked a sad anniversary for the woods of Minnesota. On May 14, 2009, a dreaded beetle made its...

Updated: May 17, 2014, - 04:38 PM

Full Disclosure: Tough message on labor violations took nearly 7 years to deliver

Two uninvited visitors showed up at a work site deep in the woods of northern Minnesota.Inspectors from the U.S. Department...

Updated: May 10, 2014, - 09:16 PM

Full Disclosure: What's in those rail cars?

When it comes to hazardous rail freight, the public just has to have faith.

Updated: May 03, 2014, - 09:15 PM

John Bacich, 'King of Skid Row,' preserved history

Back in the days when Minneapolis had a Skid Row, John Bacich was its king. Bacich owned the Victor Hotel, Rex Liquors and the freewheeling Sourdough Bar, home of the 10 cent beer. Those institutions, like the rest of the Gateway District downtown, were swept away by urban renewal in the early 1960s.

Updated: December 01, 2012, - 04:41 PM

Hours before death, man talked of pride in firm

On Thursday morning, Reuven Rahamim bubbled over with enthusiasm about the future of his company, Accent Signage Systems.

Updated: September 28, 2012, - 11:06 AM

May Day demonstration turned police parade in Minneapolis

After demonstrating in front of U.S. Bank’s headquarters on Nicollet Mall, anti-Wall Street protesters marched down Nicollet Mall, trailed by...

Updated: July 26, 2012, - 09:15 PM

Miles of sand in Duluth

Grassy dunes, quiet beaches, and a dip in Lake Superior await at Park Point, on the far side of the Lift Bridge.

Updated: July 14, 2012, - 09:57 AM

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