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Briana Bierschbach

Reporter | Politics and Government
Location: St. Paul

Briana Bierschbach is a politics and government reporter for the Star Tribune.

Bierschbach has spent the last decade covering Minnesota politics for various publications, including MPR News and MinnPost. She started her journalism career in college at the University of Minnesota's campus newspaper, the Minnesota Daily, where she covered city hall. Bierschbach also has worked at the Pioneer Press, the Associated Press and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. In her spare time, she teaches a class on state government at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and spends time with her husband, dog and two cats.
Recent content from Briana Bierschbach
CCX Media News Director Shannon Slatton was on set during a live news broadcast Friday. The station is funded by an annual fee from private cable comp

New FCC rule threatens funding for community TV programming

Bill in Congress would protect funding for vital local programs
Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, authored a bill that says election officials could provide provisional ballots to voters who cannot verify their elig

Minn. lawmakers set for Round 2 of debate over election security funding

Democrats oppose a GOP move to tie federal funding to a provisional balloting system.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg are vying for those Democrats who don’t believe Bernie Sanders can beat Trump.

Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg vie for Minnesota's moderates

Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar are each holding themselves out as a fragmented party's best chance of coalescing around a unity candidate who can beat President Donald Trump in November.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., arrived on Capitol Hill before the impeachment votes Wednesday.

Trump acquittal widens political rifts across Minnesota

As a divided Senate voted to acquit the president on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, the case was thrown back to a deeply polarized public.
Davis Senseman and Jared Mollenkof arrived at the Minneapolis early vote center Jan. 16 so they could be among the first voters in the 2020 election,

Minn. lawmakers consider opt-out option for voter primary data

The new proposal, unveiled at the Capitol, also would place new restrictions on how voter data are used.
Briella Jones 5, who lived in the Francis Drake Hotel apartments with her family, holds donated Christmas presents on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, in Min

Minnesota lawmakers pitch $1 billion rent subsidy program

Faith leaders and DFL lawmakers are pushing legislation to create a state-based program for low-income Minnesotans that they say could bring hundreds of thousands of people out of homelessness.
Sen. Susan Kent in a 2015 photo.

Kent: Minnesota Democrats 'unified' over winning Senate in 2020

Susan Kent had a “whirlwind” weekend, and things aren’t slowing down for her anytime soon. On Saturday, the DFL senator from Woodbury ousted longtime Iron…
Rep. John Lesch, shown during a 2015 a working group on revenge porn law, is the lead author of the new bill. He’s considering putting the question

'Revenge porn' cases have Minn. lawmakers looking for a fix

Legislators and courts attempt to balance privacy with free-speech rights.
Some family research found debates 100 years ago in the State Capitol that were surprisingly similar to those taking place today.

Echoes from a long-ago Minnesota Legislature

Under the stoic customs of the rural Minnesota community where I grew up, my family didn’t talk much about politics, even after I got a…
Sen. Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, defeated longtime Sen. Tom Bakk in an election for the leadership of the DFL Senate caucus.

Susan Kent ousts Tom Bakk as Senate DFL leader

She toppled longtime Sen. Tom Bakk, who has led the caucus since 2011.
Governor Tim Walz spoke during the 34th Annual State of Minnesota Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at the Ordway Center for the Performing

In 2019, Walz raises record $1 million-plus for a first-year governor

Record cash hauls reported by Walz, Senate GOP and House Democrats in Minnesota.
A poll worker spoke with a voter as the Minneapolis Early Voting Center opened Jan. 17.

Minnesota lawmakers aim to halt voter preference data collection

The proposal faces tough odds with the state's presidential primary already underway.

Senate GOP renews push for photo ID requirement to vote in Minnesota

State voters rejected photo requirement in 2012.
At left, volunteers worked Tuesday at a phone bank at the Planned Parenthood headquarters in St. Paul to reach voters. At right, March for Life suppor

Roe v. Wade anniversary amps up abortion battle in Minnesota

Activists for and against legal abortion see 2020 as pivotal for the state and the nation.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka took questions on the last day of the legislative session in May. He recently touched on conversion the

Senate GOP leader Paul Gazelka reignites debate on conversion therapy

The DFL Party got hold of the video this week, and folks there didn't like what they saw.
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder took to the stage as the keynote speaker at the 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast, Mon

Thousands of Minnesotans gather at star-studded events to mark MLK Holiday

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called on the crowd of 2,400 people at the Armory in Minneapolis to ask themselves what they were doing…
Sean Fahnhorst, a state of Minnesota budget officer with a nonpartisan position, in the State Capitol rotunda Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020.

New Minnesota primary system raises voter privacy concerns

Early voting began this morning, and some voters are wary of their party preference being recorded and provided to the chairs of each major political party.
Rep. Regina Barr, R-Inver Grove Heights and her husband Kevin looked around the House Chamber before the swearing in in 2017.

Former Republican legislator joins race against Rep. Angie Craig

Regina Barr announced her campaign after a recruitment push from Republicans inside and outside of the state.