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Matt DeLong

Digital projects editor | Newsroom
Phone: 612-673-4854

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 reported on extremism in the state and written reader guides on many topics, including Minnesota gun laws, voting and out-of-state Vikings bars. DeLong oversees the Star Tribune Minnesota Poll and 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.
Recent content from Matt DeLong
Demonstrators last year protested the Texas abortion law, which prohibits most abortions after about six weeks, outside the U.S. Supreme Court buildin

What the end of Roe would mean in Minnesota and elsewhere

The U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, effectively ending the era of federal protection for legal abortion across the nation.
FILE - Minneapolis police stand outside the department’s 3rd Precinct on May 27, 2020, in Minneapolis. Almost two years after George Floyd died at t

7 takeaways from the report on MPD racial discrimination

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights on Wednesday released a 72-page report detailing widespread racial discrimination by Minneapolis police officers.
Still frames from police body camera footage of the shooting of Amir Locke.

Breaking down the police bodycam video of the Amir Locke shooting

A second-by-second look at what the footage shows and what it doesn't.
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TOP STORIESTwin Cities metro hospitals halt ambulance diversions amid COVID-19 crush: COVID-19 pressures have forced Twin Cities hospitals to suspend the long-standing practice of…
From left, former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao

What you need to know about federal trial this week of 3 ex-officers in George Floyd's death

Opening statements are set to begin Monday.
City of Minneapolis plow clears snow from a Olson Highway Service Road in Minneapolis.

Where to park during a snow emergency in the Twin Cities

What you need to know about parking rules when a snow emergency is declared in Minneapolis or St. Paul.
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TOP STORIESMinnesota accident victims surrender millions to a relentless, lightly-regulated industry: About 750,000 Americans receive billions of dollars in payments each year from legal settlements.…
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TOP STORIESTwin Cities meal distributors under federal investigation have history of legal troubles: The owners of several companies at the center of an FBI fraud…
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TOP STORIES50th and France is quickly moving on from the pandemic: A wave of luxury apartments, shops and restaurants have energized the urban shopping…
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TOP STORIESWill Santa have enough toys this holiday season? Toy companies are racing to get their products to retailers as they grapple with a…
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TOP STORIESMurky laws hobble judges weighing lifechanging deals for accident victims: Last weekend, the Star Tribune published the first part of a special report examining…
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TOP STORIESCOVID-19 testing, positivity rate reach 2021 highs in Minnesota: A key barometer of pandemic activity has matched a 2021 high in Minnesota, where the…
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TOP STORIESSecond-oldest Minnesota State Fair food vendor ends 90-year run: One of the Minnesota State Fair's longest-running food vendors has turned off the ice…
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TOP STORIESTall Ships festival moves to Two Harbors for 2022: The Festival of Sail featuring tall-masted ships of yesteryear will have a new port of…
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TOP STORIESVaccinated make up minority of severe COVID-19 hospitalizations in Minnesota: Updates from two large Minnesota hospital systems show that fully vaccinated people make…
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TOP STORIESMinnesota surpasses 8,000 COVID-19 deaths: Another 18 deaths were reported Tuesday by state health officials, bringing the number of known pandemic-related deaths to…
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TOP STORIESGirl killed in overnight storm that raced through Minnesota and Wisconsin: A four-year-old girl was killed early today when a tree branch fell…
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TOP STORIESTwin Cities transit strike averted: Following a year of difficult negotiations, the union representing more than 2,300 Metro Transit bus drivers, light-rail operators and…
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TOP STORIESBiden to address nation on Afghanistan: President Joe Biden will speak at 2:45 CT about the U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan, after the planned…
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TOP STORIESMore fallout from arrest of state GOP strategist Anton Lazzardo: The drumbeat of condemnation from prominent Minnesota Republicans grew louder today, after one…
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TOP STORIESMinnesota reaches 70% vaccination goal in people 16 and older: The state reached its goal of 70% of Minnesotans who have received at…
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TOP STORIESDelta variant found in 90% of Minnesota cases: A fast-spreading coronavirus delta variant is now the dominant source of COVID-19 in Minnesota, where…
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TOP STORIESGun rights group sues to let State Fair visitors be armed: A gun owners advocacy group went to court today on behalf of a…
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TOP STORIESHow housing rules in the Twin Cities keep the metro segregated: In this special report, the Star Tribune analyzed 102 metro communities' zoning ordinances,…
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TOP STORIESApple Valley's Gable Steveson wins wrestling gold with 0.2 seconds left: The 21-year-old University of Minnnesota wrestler became only the second American to win…
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TOP STORIESWhat you need to know about the COVID delta variant, Minnesota mask requirements and more: Advice is evolving along with the coronavirus. Here…
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TOP STORIESRevived charge in George Floyd murder: Third-degree murder is back on the table in the criminal cases against three former Minneapolis police officers…
Sherry Johnson, a nurse practitioner, drew a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth on Dec. 18.

The Star Tribune is dialing back COVID-19 data tracking. Here's what that means.

We will be making some changes to our Minnesota COVID-19 tracker on July 1.
Archive: Tracking COVID-19 vaccinations in Minnesota

Archive: Tracking COVID-19 vaccinations in Minnesota

Daily vaccination data is not being updated after June 30, 2021. To see current weekly vaccination rates and COVID-19 data in Minnesota, go here.…
Archive: Tracking coronavirus in Minnesota

Archive: Tracking coronavirus in Minnesota

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TOP STORIESQuarter-billion dollar makeover in Hopkins: A plan has been approved to build a 14-story tower and a handful of low-rise buildings on a…
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TOP STORIESCan already taste it: The Minnesota State Fair is back after a one-year hiatus because of the pandemic and announced that it has…
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TOP STORIESFamous Dave's and famous pies: BBQ Holdings, parent company of Famous Dave's, is continuing its expansion outside of barbecue with the acquisition of…
Elizabeth Santoro, left, and Kristin Anderson, medics with the Minnesota Air National Guard 133rd Medical Group, sanitized and prepared for their next

Where are the COVID-19 cases in Minnesota? Here's a look by ZIP code

The Minnesota Department of Health releases weekly data on COVID-19 cases by ZIP code each Thursday. See where new cases are appearing in the state, and which areas have been hardest hit over the pandemic.
Paula McMahon prepares a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, as the mass public vaccination program gets underway, at the NHS Louisa Jordan

What you need to know about Minnesota's vaccine plan

Here are answers to questions you may have about vaccines and the state's strategy to vaccinate millions of Minnesotans.
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TOP STORIESStudent arrested, no injuries after shots fired at Plymouth Middle School: A student fired gunshots Monday morning inside Plymouth Middle School, and no…
Derek Chauvin as the verdict was read.

Guilty on all counts: What you need to know about the Derek Chauvin verdict

A look at the charges, verdicts and potential sentences in the former Minneapolis police officer's murder trial in the killing of George Floyd.
Breaking down the video: What happened during Daunte Wright's fatal stop

Breaking down the video: What happened during Daunte Wright's fatal stop

A Black man was killed by police in Brooklyn Center. The chief said the officer may have gotten her gun and Taser confused.
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TOP STORIESBrooklyn Center police chief says officer meant to use Taser, not firearm, on Daunte Wright: Residents, curious onlookers and business owners in Brooklyn Center…
The courtroom C-1856 where the Derek Chauvin trial will take place at the Hennepin County Government Center and seen Friday in Minneapolis. ]

What you need to know about the trial of Derek Chauvin

Here are answers to questions you may have about the trial in the killing of George Floyd and how to watch it live.
In this image taken from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, defendant and former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, right, and Nelson�

How to watch the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin

Opening statements in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the May 25 killing of George Floyd begin Monday at 9…
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TOP STORIESMinneapolis City Attorney defends timing of Floyd lawsuit settlement, says it reflected need to act fast: Minneapolis agreed to the $27 million settlement in…
The courtroom C-1856, including these juror seats, where the Derek Chauvin trial is taking place at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapol

What's it like inside the courtroom where Derek Chauvin is being tried?

The demands of the high-profile Chauvin court case combined with the limitations of large gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic have created an unusual courtroom setting.
Read the charges against Buffalo shooting suspect Gregory Ulrich

Read the charges against Buffalo shooting suspect Gregory Ulrich

Prosecutors on Thursday charged Gregory Paul Ulrich, 67, of Buffalo, Minn., with second-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and other charges related to…
Trump supporters who are not shy about saying they believe the election was unfair have been gathering at state capitols around the country, including

'Shy Trump voters,' polls and the 2020 election

After the 2020 presidential election, the political world is debating a familiar question from 2016: What went wrong with polls in key states? One poll…
This combination of Sept. 29, 2020, file photos shows President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential

Mason-Dixon pollster Brad Coker on 'shy Trump voters,' polls and the 2020 election

The political world is once again fiercely debating a familiar question from 2016: What went wrong with public-opinion polls in a number of key battleground states?
Heidi Smith and her children, Ella, 15, Nolan, 8, and Amelia, 12, took advantage of the new saliva COVID-19 testing site at the Minneapolis-St. Paul I

All Minnesotans ages 18-35 urged to get tested for COVID-19

Health officials say the virus is being disproportionately spread by 18- to 35-year-olds, many of whom may be asymptomatic.
Election worker Kristen Mun from Portland empties ballots from a ballot box at the Multnomah County Elections Division, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 3030 in Portl

Biden wins Minn., Wis., Mich.; presidency hangs on battleground races

Voters have cast their ballots after a long, divisive presidential campaign between Republican President Donald Trump and former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden. In addition…
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Help us report on voting irregularities between now and Election Day.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and President Donald Trump.

6 big takeaways from this week's Minnesota Poll

The latest Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 Minnesota Poll, released this week, examined the views of Minnesota voters on the 2020 presidential and U.S. Senate…
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Minneapolis Police Union headquarters in June.

Five takeaways from this week's Minnesota Poll

A Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 Minnesota Poll offered a glimpse of how Minneapolis voters view their police department, city leaders, and proposals to change policing.
Minnesota Poll results: Most support universal background checks, military-style rifle ban

Minnesota Poll results: Most support universal background checks, military-style rifle ban

The Star Tribune polled 800 Minnesota likely voters about several gun proposals between Oct. 14 and Oct. 16.
Minnesota Poll: Trump vs. Democratic candidates

Minnesota Poll: Trump vs. Democratic candidates

The Star Tribune interviewed 800 Minnesota registered voters between Oct. 14 and Oct. 16. Highlights from questions about potential matchups between President Donald Trump and…
Minnesota Poll results: Split on impeachment

Minnesota Poll results: Split on impeachment

The Star Tribune interviewed 800 Minnesota registered voters between Oct. 14 and Oct. 16. Highlights from questions about President Trump and impeachment are below. Scroll…
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.
Where Minnesota's congressional delegation stands on impeachment

Where Minnesota's congressional delegation stands on impeachment

Like much of the nation, they are largely split along party lines.
President Donald Trump addressed an enthusiastic crowd at a campaign rally this month at Target Center in Minneapolis.

Some takeaways from the Star Tribune Minnesota Poll

The Star Tribune conducted polling recently, and stability is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about President Donald Trump's standing with…
President Donald Trump greets a cheering crowd during a campaign rally at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.

What four Minnesota Poll takeaways could mean for 2020 elections

Here are some observations about what the findings could mean for the 2020 elections in Minnesota.

Bloomington think tank parts ways with academic over racist e-mails

John Elliott used racial and anti-Semitic slurs and praised Adolf Hitler in "Morning Hate" e-mail group.
Democratic presidential candidates, author Marianne Williamson, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, South Bend Mayor Pet

What the candidates said during Thursday's debate

On the second night of debates in Miami, 10 more candidates sought to set themselves apart from the crowded field.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) speaks during the first Democratic presidential debate in Miami on Wednesday night, June 26, 2019. From left: Sen. Cory B

Democratic debate: What the candidates said

Democratic presidential candidates tried Wednesday to elbow their way into the spotlight in a debate that kicked off the 2020 primary season.
The northeast Minneapolis Armory is home to the Minnesota National Guard's Recruitment and Retention Battalion.

Minnesota National Guard won't expel Chaska man over hate group ties

The 19-year-old from Chaska said he was ashamed by his former connections.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor walks to court on Tuesday.

Five takeaways from the Noor verdict

Many questions remain about race, policing and what comes next.
The northeast Minneapolis Armory is home to the Minnesota National Guard's Recruitment and Retention Battalion.

National Guard probing Chaska recruit's ties to hate group

Chaska guardsman recalled after online chats go public.
Michigan State fan Nate Lauber, of Fon du Lac, Wis., center, took in the scene at US Bank Stadium Friday the day before Final Four play begins.

What's happening: A guide to Monday's Final Four events in Minneapolis

And then there were two! Here's a roundup of the day's Final Four news and events for locals and visitors alike.
FILE - In this April 20, 2018 file photo, a marijuana plant is seen on Hippie Hill in San Francisco. The San Francisco top prosecutor says his office

The state of marijuana in Minnesota, according to data

As lawmakers reconsider the drug's legal status, here's a look at the current laws, public opinion and criminal justice data related to cannabis in Minnesota.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke to the media after she arrived at the Intercontinental Hotel for Tuesday night's DFL headquarters election party in St. Paul.

Eight things to know about Amy Klobuchar

Minnesota's three-term senior U.S. senator announced Sunday that she is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. Here are some things to know about Klobuchar.
St. Paul firefighters at the scene of a house fire at Hatch Ave. and Park St. in St. Paul amid extreme cold temperatures last week.

Xfinity said it made Wi-Fi hotspots free during cold — it wasn't that simple

Those who appeared to follow the company's instructions for accessing its network could have been left without Wi-Fi service in an emergency.
Gov. Mark Dayton spoke during the budget forecast Tuesday.

How Minnesota changed under Mark Dayton's watch: Here's what the data tell us

Education, environment, economy, health care: As a new administration takes the helm, we dug into the data to see what happened in Minnesota under Dayton's leadership.
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.
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.
Minnesota Poll numbers on Gov. Mark Dayton

Minnesota Poll numbers on Gov. Mark Dayton

The Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio News polled 800 Minnesota likely voters between Oct. 15 and Oct. 17. Highlights from questions about Gov. Mark…