Staff Directory 6170342

Eric Roper

Reporter | Twin Cities
Phone: 612-673-1732

Eric Roper is a metro reporter covering urban affairs in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Since joining the Star Tribune in 2009, he has covered the city of Minneapolis, the state Legislature and Congress for the paper. 

A native of New York City, Roper lives in south Minneapolis with his partner and their cat, George. He is interested in the hidden systems that make urban life possible, as well as Minneapolis history. Roper is a graduate of the George Washington University and was named "Young Journalist of the Year" by the Society of Professional Journalists' Minnesota chapter in 2013. In his spare time, he is an amateur woodworker who enjoys learning new furniture making skills.
Recent content from Eric Roper
Listen: How is Mississippi River water made safe to drink?

Listen: How is Mississippi River water made safe to drink?

We visited Minneapolis' drinking water treatment facility to understand the complex process that makes river water safe to drink.
What could be the last formal homeless encampment in the city, located in Minnehaha Park,  was cleared of trash and uninhabited tents by the Park Boar

Park Board winding down last Minneapolis encampment

Crews began clearing Minnehaha Park on Tuesday morning, but a handful of residents left have more time to find other shelter.
Developers are proposing to build a 27-story apartment building on Washington Avenue North in Minneapolis, but city staff have recommended preserving

Minneapolis planners say 1969 modernist building downtown shouldn't be wrecked

The property is a vestige of the city's redevelopment of the former "skid row" area.
Bayle Gelle, surrounded by supporters, displays a picture of his son, 22-year-old Dolal Idd, who was killed by Minneapolis police at the Holiday gas s

Family of man shot by Mpls. police wrestles with questions

Hours after 23-year-old Dolal Idd was laid to rest in a Burnsville cemetery, his mother and older sister gathered with female family members and friends at an Eden Prairie mosque to grieve.
Tom Burns pictured aboard his houseboatat Willy’s Hidden Harbor in 2001.

Tom Burns, harmonica player and fixture of the Minneapolis blues scene, dies at 67

Tom Burns sometimes told friends, "You've got to live the blues to play the blues."It was a fitting mantra for a man who just scraped…
Shoppers look for Black Friday deals at the Mall of America in Bloomington in November.

Why doesn't Minnesota charge a sales tax on clothing?

Minnesota is one of just a handful of states that does not charge sales tax on clothing — a bit of tax policy that's so well known that it attracts tourists.
Volunteers at Second Harvest Heartland inspect food and distribute supplies to food shelves and meal programs.

East metro hospital workers donate $100,000 to food bank

The pandemic has forced record numbers to rely on food assistance.
Rendering of the proposed Upper Harbor Terminal development in north Minneapolis

Minneapolis seeks comment on Upper Harbor plan

Minneapolis expected to take action in February.
Minneapolis seeks comment on Upper Harbor plan

Minneapolis seeks comment on Upper Harbor plan

Minneapolis expected to take action in February.
Al Lindell, head election judge, handed an "I voted" sticker to a voter from behind a plexiglass barrier as voters gathered for the election Tuesday a

Listen: Will Minnesota join push toward a national popular vote?

Fifteen states have joined the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, but Minnesota isn't one of them. Host Eric Roper talks to reporter Torey van Oot about why.