A new Whistleblower on the beat

  • Blog Post by: James Eli Shiffer
  • January 30, 2012 - 11:47 AM

You may have noticed a new face on your Sunday Whistleblower page - Kelly Smith is the newest member of the Whistleblower team. After six months with a rotating team of reporters investigating your tips, we decided that more continuity would serve you better. Kelly came to the Star Tribune in 2010 and most recently covered West Metro schools. Prior to that, she worked at The Forum in Fargo, N.D., and at the St. Cloud Times. Kelly is an award-winning reporter, who has been named the Minnesota Newspaper Association New Journalist of the Year and the North Dakota Newspaper Association’s Rookie Reporter of the Year.

Kelly works Tuesdays through Saturdays, and can be reached at or 612 673-4141. You can also reach the Whistleblower team (Kelly, Jane Friedmann and myself) at

You can read Kelly's debut column, about Carri Sampson's health insurance ordeal. Also Sunday, Jane Friedmann's On Your Side column describes how a federal action against phony news sites, including those run by a Rochester company, that tout those supposedly fat-burning acai berries.

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