Brandon Stahl

Data/Watchdog Reporter
Phone: 612-673-4626
Brandon Stahl is a watchdog reporter with the Star Tribune. He previously worked as the investigations editor at the Duluth News Tribune, where his stories on physician malpractice and medical errors, drug abuse, tax dollar waste, sex offenders and police misconduct have won numerous state and national journalism awards.

Recent content from Brandon Stahl

String of failures came before suicidal 6-year-old's death

Child protection workers and care providers failed to work together for more than a year to safeguard 6-year-old Kendrea Johnson, despite knowing she was severely mentally ill and living in a chaotic Brooklyn Park foster home, according to records.

Updated: January 18, 2015, - 12:27 PM

Did 6-year-old Brooklyn Park girl kill herself? Police wonder

The manner of Kendrea Johnson's death cannot be determined, Brooklyn Park police said, but records show investigators strongly considered the possibility of suicide.

Updated: January 14, 2015, - 11:04 PM

Child protection reform pushes a harder line on child abuse

The Legislature gets plans to push a harder line in state’s protection system.

Updated: January 08, 2015, - 11:31 PM

Minnesota Supreme Court justices skeptical in records dispute

State justices heard arguments in dispute between Star Tribune and state-created insurer.

Updated: January 05, 2015, - 07:44 PM

Minnesota Supreme Court to hear open-records case

Star Tribune request of state-created insurance company triggers an “open-records” dispute.

Updated: January 02, 2015, - 07:34 PM

Family tries to cope after Brooklyn Park girl dies in foster care

Kendrea Johnson, 6, who died after she was found unresponsive with a jump rope around her neck, had been in foster care for the last 11 months, court records show. According to a social worker’s report, Kendrea had an “outgoing personality,” but the “foster care provider [had] been having a difficult time trying to keep her safe.”

Updated: December 30, 2014, - 02:15 PM

DHS wants to scrap just-passed law on child protection

Legislators want to change bill they voted for, saying they didn’t know it would restrict past abuse reports.

Updated: December 26, 2014, - 02:28 PM

Child abuse reports need better response, investigation, task force says

More than 30 changes are planned to improve state’s child protection system.

Updated: December 12, 2014, - 10:48 PM

Police arrest father suspected in Brooklyn Park toddler's death

The 23-month-old's death is likely to loom large at state task force meeting Friday morning to ready its recommendations.

Updated: December 12, 2014, - 12:26 AM

Child protection officials had been alerted about suspect now sought in death of Brooklyn Park baby boy

A fugitive suspected of killing his 1-year-old child was reported at least three times to Hennepin County child protection for abusing the boy and his sibling, public records show.

Updated: December 11, 2014, - 05:34 AM

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