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

Bad e-romance kindles love of fighting fraud

Woman who lost $10,000 now helps other online-dating victims.

Updated: January 25, 2011, - 12:25 PM

Few limits on private towing

Some motorists are shocked by what it costs to get cars back when towed from private property.

Updated: January 09, 2011, - 12:17 AM

People-search website accused of deception

It took nearly a year before Isaac and Mika Turner of Northfield, Minn., noticed the $19.95 monthly charges on their credit card. Now the couple has sued Intelius, a popular people-search website, for signing them up for a service they never wanted.

Updated: January 03, 2011, - 01:04 PM

Catching up on the stories of 2010

Whistleblower heard this year from hundreds of people who wanted us to look into their situations. Here's an update on a few we wrote about in 2010.

Updated: December 26, 2010, - 08:33 AM

Lung patients are left in the lurch

The sudden departure of Healthworks exposes tension between Medicare and medical providers.

Updated: December 21, 2010, - 09:42 AM

FBI seeks victims of 'cramming'

Officials want to hear from people who think Alternate Billing Corp. put suspect charges on their phone bills.

Updated: December 16, 2010, - 11:21 PM

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

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