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

Let's face the facts about bear attacks

Read more of this blog at startribune.com/fulldisclosure.The fight-to-the-death struggle between a hunter and a wounded black bear last weekend in...

Updated: October 02, 2014, - 06:06 PM

Full Disclosure: How to report an exploding casserole dish

Casserole dishes that shatter into flying fragments are among the 21,000 report that are part of the catalog of horrors and mishaps reported by consumers to the federal agency in charge of ensuring that the stuff we buy doesn’t kill or injure us.

Updated: September 29, 2014, - 11:57 AM

Horror stories reveal broader risk to vulnerable adults

There’s a $72 billion federal program that controls the money of 8 million vulnerable Americans, and you’ve probably never heard...

Updated: September 20, 2014, - 07:53 PM

A feeling of betrayal by 'Do Not Call' list

People who put their phone numbers on the Do Not Call list reported a staggering 3.7 million violations last year....

Updated: September 13, 2014, - 08:01 PM

Recruiting investigation snares Minnesota National Guard colonel

Army investigators have gone after former recruiting assistants who they say collected commissions for new soldiers who enlisted without their help.

Updated: September 06, 2014, - 07:14 PM

Lifelong fraud-fighter pays a visit

John Kotalik’s battle over a medical bill sounded like so many of the eye-glazing pleas launched in my direction every...

Updated: August 30, 2014, - 10:18 PM

In Minnesota, pet-breeders' records kept secret

Day-care centers, nail salons, nursing homes, lawyers, chiropractors and every other regulated profession and facility in Minnesota seem to thrive with their licensing records open to the public. Yet the industry of breeding cats and dogs is apparently so sensitive that it cannot survive the same scrutiny.

Updated: August 23, 2014, - 04:14 PM

Former U.S. Sen. Dean Barkley gets impounded car back

Read more at www.startribune.com/fulldisclosureOn Thursday, Dean Barkley successfully challenged the Golden Valley police’s effort to confiscate his 2005 GMC Envoy...

Updated: August 22, 2014, - 06:45 PM

The University of Minnesota builds a dream on gravel

The University of Minnesota has launched its vision of an eco-friendly city in rural Dakota County, and right now, it looks an awful lot like a gravel pit.

Updated: August 10, 2014, - 06:58 AM

Orono man sent to jail for junky yard

Two days before his date with the workhouse, James Barth made one final bid for freedom.He told a Hennepin County...

Updated: August 03, 2014, - 11:41 AM

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