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

Maple Grove council member reflects on life in workhouse

Fresh from the county workhouse, LeAnn Sargent will have plenty to talk about when she rejoins the Maple Grove City...

Updated: July 26, 2014, - 07:09 PM

Minneapolis' golden age of river traffic never arrived

The long-lived dream of river commerce in Minneapolis officially ended a few weeks ago, laid to rest by the stroke of a presidential pen.

Updated: July 20, 2014, - 03:08 PM

Lawyers still unraveling the case of the thieving conservator

Five lawyers, their meters running, sat down in a Hennepin County courtroom last Thursday. The task at hand: Sorting through...

Updated: July 12, 2014, - 04:00 PM

Full Disclosure: Fighting secrecy, one drone memo at a time

The death warrant for an American-born terrorist carried an innocuous title.“Applicability of Federal Criminal Laws and the Constitution to Contemplated...

Updated: July 05, 2014, - 06:15 PM

Full Disclosure: U law prof. under fire from angry investors

In filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and lawsuits, shareholders have alleged that Edward Adams has at times served...

Updated: June 28, 2014, - 06:48 PM

Full disclosure: One man's public fight for privacy

The police have never knocked down Rich Neumeister’s door in the middle of the night. They haven’t rifled through his...

Updated: June 21, 2014, - 07:16 PM

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

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