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

Tide turns in Do Not Call complaints

For those of you suffering from unwanted telemarketers, your message might be getting through. While phone numbers registered on the federal Do Not Call list reached an all-time high of 201 million in fiscal year 2010, the number of complaints about Do Not Call violations actually dipped to 1.6 million, down about 175,000 from the year before.

Updated: December 13, 2010, - 12:14 PM

Turbine creates headwinds in Orono

Orono resident Jay Nygard believes installing a small wind turbine in his yard would be an energy saver, but he has run into opposition from the city.

Updated: December 04, 2010, - 11:04 PM

Let the recount begin

The recount began today across Minnesota under the watchful eyes of volunteers, observers from both parties and attorneys.

Updated: November 29, 2010, - 02:45 PM

Couple lose out on home; Realtors face ethics case

Erica and Mike Lenzen are mystified why their offer on a Brooklyn Park twinhome wasn't submitted. It has raised enough questions that the Minnesota Association of Realtors will put a leader of its largest chapter before an ethics hearing.

Updated: November 27, 2010, - 12:30 PM

Financial woes spark revolt at condo

Some residents of the Meadow Creek Condominiums in Hopkins say they were misled, others that they ought to have paid better attention.

Updated: November 22, 2010, - 11:34 PM

Help retracted by bank error

Advocates for struggling homeowners say Luis Navarro's story is evidence of a broken system.

Updated: November 15, 2010, - 09:46 AM

Chickens near Rogers gain protection from rampaging dogs

On Oct. 10, the killer bounded out of the woods and went on a rampage in Norm Berning's chicken coop. On Halloween, another attacker killed two chickens on the spot and dragged away at least three others. By then, Berning, 71, had had enough. His property was under siege from canine visitors to the off-leash dog area at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve.

Updated: November 15, 2010, - 09:31 AM

Bedbugs bite tenants more ways than one

A tense question in apartment buildings: Who pays the exterminator?

Updated: October 31, 2010, - 08:06 AM

Airplane compartments: Dangerously dirty?

A discarded syringe pokes a 6-year-old boy, and his parents wonder how medical waste could be left on an airplane.

Updated: October 19, 2010, - 12:39 PM

He's soaked by flood in motel room

Scott Williams came back to Coon Rapids motel room to find it flooded from a fire upstairs.

Updated: October 11, 2010, - 09:18 AM

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