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

Whistleblower: The mystery of Hangar 6

Two Minnesotans say they were permanently injured at an Army base in Alaska, but the government stopped their workers' comp benefits in 2007.

Updated: June 26, 2011, - 10:35 AM

Whistleblower: Dental woes left a bad taste

After his teeth were pulled, Byrl Johnson's transition to dentures got hung up in an insurance changeover.

Updated: June 12, 2011, - 07:19 AM

'Queen of disasters’ keeps head up

Tiffany Churchill escaped a deadly fire and a car accident. Now she plans to stay in her tornado-damaged Minneapolis home. | Plus, Tornado relief shifts to new gear.

Updated: June 07, 2011, - 08:14 AM

Their risk, his reward

Longtime landlord finds a way to make money at bottom of city's real estate market.

Updated: June 01, 2011, - 09:09 AM

Twister upends housing landscape

But some say the disaster could bring a chance to improve north Minneapolis' housing stock - if landlords don't flee.

Updated: May 31, 2011, - 11:06 PM

Whistleblower: Podiatrist faces new state scrutiny

Dr. Robert Mullin was disciplined in 2005, but former patients continue to complain about billing and botched surgery.

Updated: May 23, 2011, - 11:20 AM

Lake Street tenants spotted host of hazards before fire

The place was "a firetrap - and you can quote me on that," said Tom Stinchfield, who lived in the building for 17 years and apparently was one of the few tenants with a working smoke detector on the day of the fire.

Updated: April 25, 2011, - 05:14 PM

Mpls. units hit by fire not inspected in 16 years

The Lake Street blaze that killed six -- the deadliest Minneapolis fire in 24 years -- brings up questions about the city's fire inspection practices.

Updated: April 25, 2011, - 05:11 PM

$49 job became a 'horror story'

Savage homeowner is one of many pursuing Illinois firm that was supposed to clean customers' air ducts.

Updated: April 23, 2011, - 11:35 PM

Fire-code inspections under fire in Minneapolis

Inspectors who check for fire-code violations in Minneapolis report to two different agencies -- the Fire Department and Regulatory Services -- and some say training is inadequate.

Updated: April 21, 2011, - 02:45 PM

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