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Matt DeLong

Digital projects editor | Newsroom
Phone: 612-673-4854
Location: Minneapolis
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Matt DeLong is the Star Tribune’s digital projects editor. He has worked on many digital initiatives, from election planning to the Minnesota Beer Bracket to helping tipsters contact reporters securely. He has written reader guides on many topics, including Minnesota gun laws, voting and out-of-state Vikings bars. He curates the daily Talkers afternoon newsletter. 


Prior to joining the Star Tribune in late 2014, DeLong was a digital editor on the national desk at the Washington Post, where he focused on national politics, the federal government and national security. He was part of the team awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of the National Security Agency's secret surveillance programs. A native of upstate New York, DeLong currently lives in Minneapolis. He can be reached on the encrypted messaging app Signal at 612-643-0344.
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar arrived at the Intercontinental Hotel for Tuesday night's DFL headquarters election party in St. Paul.

How Amy Klobuchar fared in Trump country

Much of the buzz surrounding Sen. Amy Klobuchar's presidential chances in 2020 stems from her performance in parts of Minnesota where other Democrats running for statewide office have struggled. Here is a look at how Klobuchar outperformed Gov.-elect Tim Walz and U.S. Sen. Tina Smith in precincts won by President Donald Trump in 2016.
Governor elect Tim Walz took the stage for his acceptance speech Tuesday night at the DFL headquarters election night party in St. Paul.

Walz elected governor; Ellison wins A.G. race; Paulsen, Lewis fall

An up-to-the-minute roundup of results from the most important state and federal races in Minnesota and around the country.
Be a Better Voter, week 6: It's Election Day

Be a Better Voter, week 6: It's Election Day

Every Tuesday until Election Day, the Star Tribune will be providing resources to help you be a better, more informed voter — all in just few minutes each week.
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A hand casting a vote in a ballot box for an election in Minesota, USA.

Minnesota Election Guide: Where major candidates stand

With the governor's office, both U.S. senators and all eight U.S. House seats on the ballot in November, Minnesota is shaping up to be Ground Zero in this year's high-stakes midterm elections.
Be a Better Voter, week 5: Answering your questions

Be a Better Voter, week 5: Answering your questions

Every Tuesday until Election Day, the Star Tribune will be providing resources to help you be a better, more informed voter — all in just few minutes each week.
People vote at Edison High School in northeast Minneapolis, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. It's Minnesota's busiest primary in recent memory, with races for

Send us your questions about the 2018 midterm elections!

We want to know what questions you have about this year's elections and the races on your ballot.
Be a Better Voter: Here's how to read political polls like a pro

Be a Better Voter: Here's how to read political polls like a pro

Every Tuesday until Election Day, the Star Tribune will be providing resources to help you be a better, more informed voter — all in just few minutes each week.
The poll numbers: Minnesota Senate race

The poll numbers: Minnesota Senate race

The Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio News polled 800 Minnesota likely voters between Oct. 15 and Oct. 17.
Be a Better Voter: What you need to know about campaign finance

Be a Better Voter: What you need to know about campaign finance

Every Tuesday until Election Day, the Star Tribune will be providing resources to help you be a better, more informed voter — all in just few minutes each week.
Be a Better Voter, week 2: Get to know the candidates

Be a Better Voter, week 2: Get to know the candidates

Every Tuesday from now until Election Day, the Star Tribune will be providing resources to help you be a better, more informed voter — all in just few minutes each week.
Let the Star Tribune help you be a better voter this election season

Let the Star Tribune help you be a better voter this election season

Every Tuesday from now until Election Day, the Star Tribune will be providing resources to help you be a better, more informed voter — all in just few minutes each week.
Even though the weather was cloudy and muggy, a decent crowd gathered for the last day of the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The fair

Is the Minnesota State Fair more popular than ever? We investigate.

It's clear the Great Minnesota Get-Together is very popular, but how does it stack up against previous record-setting years?
Voters made their way to the Precinct 3 voting site at Mendota Elementary School on primary election day, Tuesday, August 14, 2018 in Mendota Heights,

What to watch for today, where to vote in Minnesota primary elections

All signs point to high voter interest and turnout this year. Here's what you need to know going into the primary elections.
A second-by-second breakdown of the Thurman Blevins shooting videos

A second-by-second breakdown of the Thurman Blevins shooting videos

Minneapolis police officers Ryan Kelly and Justin Schmidt fatally shot Thurman Blevins, 31, during a foot chase after responding to a 911 call reporting a man firing a handgun into the air and ground on a north Minneapolis street on June 23, 2018. The Minneapolis Police Department on Sunday released footage from both officers' body cameras, as well as a version of the two videos that was enhanced, stabilized and analyzed by a California forensic video firm. Here is a breakdown of key moments in those videos. It is not a complete transcript. This article contains graphic content.
In this photo taken Monday, March 6, 2017, in San Francisco, released confidential files by The University of California of a sexual misconduct case,

Want to share info with the Star Tribune? How to do it securely

We respect the desire of some tipsters to remain anonymous, and have put in place ways to contact reporters and editors to ensure the communication will be private and secure.
President Donald Trump listens as Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court nominee, speaks in the East Room of the White House, Monday, July 9, 2018,

Watch Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's 2008 speech at University of Minnesota

During the address, Kavanaugh argued sitting presidents should be immune from investigations and prosecution.
A volunteer prepares to hand out stickers to voters.

What you need to know about early primary voting in Minnesota

The Aug. 14 DFL and Republican primary elections are fast approaching, but you don’t have to wait until then to cast your ballot. Early primary…
This post promoting a November 2016 rally in memory of Jamar Clark in Minneapolis was among the sponsored posts on Facebook. It was targeted both in M

Minnesota's Clark, Castile cases were used in Russian-made Facebook posts

Campaign used police shootings of Castile, Clark to deepen Minnesota's racial divide.
Several tax proposals are currently under consideration in St. Paul.

What you need to know about the Minnesota Legislature's tax bills

The Minnesota House and Senate, both controlled by Republicans, have each passed bills to lower taxes for most Minnesotans and bring the state’s tax…
Beck had to encourage fans in the balcony to get on their feet when he performed at the Palace Theatre.

Hey, Minnesota music fans: Take a stand against sitting for rock concerts

Why are Minnesotans averse to standing for even the most booty-shaking concerts?
Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was charged Tuesday with murder and manslaughter in the July shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.

What we know about the case against officer Mohamed Noor

Here are some questions and answers about the charges and what comes next in the case of the police officer charged in the killing of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.
Cars driving on E. Minnehaha Parkway along Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis tried to dodge potholes in the roadway in 2013.

Hey Minnesota, we want to see your biggest potholes

Do you have any notable craters on your block? Please send us a photo!
The Colt AR-15 semi-automatic rifle on display at Joe's Sporting Goods in St. Paul in 2012.

What you need to know about Minnesota's gun laws

Because any conversation about what the laws should be must begin with what's already on the books, here is a Q&A-style overview of Minnesota's gun laws.
Don't get stuck in this during the week leading up to the Super Bowl.

How to get around Minneapolis today

Whether you're driving, taking public transit or walking, here's what visitors and locals alike need to know to successfully navigate downtown Minneapolis and the surrounding area between now and game day.
Pizza at Young Joni in Minneapolis, Minn.

Barstool Sports reviews Minnesota's beloved pizza joints – trashing a few favorites

The guys behind this popular sports site are taste-testing Twin Cities pizza spots and posting them on YouTube.
Where to watch the Vikings when you're not in Minnesota

Where to watch the Vikings when you're not in Minnesota

With 65 verified Vikings bars in 25 states, connecting with fellow fans may be easier than you think.
In this Nov. 27, 2017 photo, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franken is denying an accusation by a former

What the senators calling for Al Franken to resign are saying

Numerous Democratic senators and other political figures on Wednesday called for the resignation of Sen. Al Franken after another woman accused him of sexual misconduct.
President John F. Kennedy.

Minnesota man appears in newly declassified JFK assassination files

A man living in Crystal in 1965 was repeatedly named as an FBI informant in the trove of documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy released by the National Archives on Thursday.
The Minneapolis Police Department unveiled its newly designed and upgraded patrol cars. The department will gradually replace its fleet of 200 all-whi

What readers are saying about Minnesota cops convicted of crimes

Here are some of the most interesting and insightful reader comments from our series about Minnesota's failure to discipline cops found guilty of serious offenses ranging from DUI to assault.
Breaking down the dashcam: The Philando Castile shooting timeline

Breaking down the dashcam: The Philando Castile shooting timeline

On the evening of July 6, 2016, St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez stopped a white Oldsmobile driven by Philando Castile in Falcon Heights. Also in the car were Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her young daughter. Just one minute later, Yanez fired seven shots into the vehicle, fatally wounding Castile. This is a breakdown of key events shown in the police dashcam video. This article contains graphic content and language.
Demonstrators protest President Trump's travel ban on refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International A

Twin Cities refugees sound off on ban

Former refugees currently living in the Twin Cities share their thoughts on President Trump's controversial executive order.
Heat wave in February: Readers share their warm-weather photos

Heat wave in February: Readers share their warm-weather photos

The verdict was unanimous: Minnesotans love this early, extended taste of spring in the middle of winter.
Garrison Keillor rehearses before a show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in June.

USA Today says Garrison Keillor is from Wisconsin

How quickly USA Today forgot about "Prairie Home Companion" host's roots.
Jimmy Fallon.

Jimmy Fallon has an amazing story about playing ping-pong with Prince

The "Tonight Show" show host saved his best Prince story for last, and it's a doozy.
A person touched Prince's star at First Avenue on Thursday, April 21, 2016. Prince was found dead at his home today at the age of 57.

VIRAL: The maker of the Corvette paid a special tribute to Prince

Chevrolet, a company that is forever linked to the Minnesota legend's music, offered a special tribute in the Star Tribune and the New York Times this morning.
A great horned owl in a Minneapolis park.

Video: Great horned owl family hangs out in Minneapolis park

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released video of a nest in an undisclosed park in the Twin Cities.
What if the Hiroshima bomb were dropped on Minneapolis?

What if the Hiroshima bomb were dropped on Minneapolis?

On the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear attack in history, we examine what it would be like if it happened here.
Much-loved Zimbabwean lion "Cecil," pictured on October 21, 2012.

What we know about Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer

A Twin Cities dentist is at the center of a major international story.

Read the full statement from Walter Palmer

The Eden Prairie dentist said in a statement Tuesday that he believed he was acting legally when he killed a lion in Zimbabwe on July 1.

Nine charts that explain the state of marijuana in Minnesota

Everyone is talking about pot these days, thanks to new laws in a handful of states and a shift in public opinion in favor of legalizing the drug. The U.S. Justice Department has announced policy changes to relax enforcement in states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana and to assure banks that they will not be punished for offering financial services to legitimate marijuana-related businesses. Earlier this year, a bill was introduced in Congress to end the federal prohibition. Despite these changes nationally and Minnesota's reputation as a liberal state, Minnesotans have been slower to embrace cannabis -- even while enrollment in the state's new medical marijuana program opens in July. In these slides, we use data to explore the relationship between the people, the state and the leafy green plant.
Interactive: St. Paul fatal police shootings since 2004

Interactive: St. Paul fatal police shootings since 2004

St. Paul police officers have used deadly force against 14 men since 2004. Here's a look at what happened in each of these incidents. Here's more about St. Paul officers' use of deadly force.

Metro vs. outstate: Which counties pay most taxes and which get most aid?

Metro vs. outstate: Which counties pay most taxes and which get most aid?

Metro vs. outstate: Which counties pay most taxes and which get most aid?

The Twin Cities area is Minnesota's economic engine, and much of the state tax revenue they generate flows outward.
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