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Renée Jones Schneider

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Phone: 612-673-7195

Renée Jones Schneider has been a multimedia photographer at the Star Tribune since 2003. 

Her long-term projects, shooting both video and stills, include stories examining why so few rape and sexual assault victims in Minnesota get justice, farming deaths, radicalization, the decline of honeybees and Minnesota's broken special education system. She was named Journalist of the Year in 2016 in the Society of Professional Journalist Minnesota Chapter. Renée was born in Dublin, Ireland, and moved to Minnesota with her parents as a child. She attended from St. Olaf College with a major in studio art. She lives in Savage, Minn., with her husband and four children.
Recent content from Renée Jones Schneider
Megan Sanborn, who is 6 months pregnant, came with her daughter Eivor and a notebook full of questions. She spoke with Darin Broton from the Minnesota

Photos: Xcel Energy reveals second leak at Monticello power plant

Xcel Energy officials spoke at a press conference after the company discovered a second leak at its Monticello nuclear power plant. The plant will close for repairs.
Gopher women's hockey falls to Ohio State 1-5

Gopher women's hockey falls to Ohio State 1-5

The Minnesota Gopher women's hockey team hosted Ohio State for the second of the two-game series on Saturday.
Cortez Rice, father of Jahmari Rice, talks to a crowd of friends, family and teachers of his son as they did a balloon release during a vigil for the

Vigil honors anniversary of 15-year-old Jahmari Rice's death

Cortez Rice, the father of Jahmari Rice, spoke at a vigil and balloon release for the anniversary of Jahmari's death near a school in Richfield.
From the left; Steve Bolz, George Crawford and Rob Andres jump together into the freezing cold waters of Lake Minnetonka.

Photos: New Year's Day Ice Dive

Several people braved the cold water of Lake Minnetonka during the New Year's Day ALARC Ice Dive on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023, in Excelsior, Minn.
Minnesota Wild right wing Brandon Duhaime (21) celebrates Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Foligno’s (17) goal in the second period. The Minnesota Wi

Wild host Winnipeg Jets, win 6-1

The Minnesota Wild faced off against the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday, Nov. 23 in St. Paul.
Maria's Voice honors domestic violence victims

Maria's Voice honors domestic violence victims

Domestic violence awareness organization Maria's Voice held their third annual community tribute in Maple Grove on Thursday. The organization was started by Maria Pew's family, who is a victim of domestic abuse.
Minnesota Twins designated hitter Billy Hamilton (0) scores on a single by Minnesota Twins second baseman Luis Arraez (2) in the eighth inning.

Twins beat White Sox 8-4

The Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 8-4 on Thursday, September 28, 2022.
Minnesota Twins second baseman Nick Gordon (1) is out at third after hitting a double RBI and getting caught trying to make it a triple in the bottom

Twins fall to Red Sox

The Minnesota Twins lost 6-5 to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.
Scene before the fair: Minnesota boasts dozens of county fairs

Scene before the fair: Minnesota boasts dozens of county fairs

The Steele County Free Fair in Owatonna is the last (and some may argue the best and biggest) county fair before the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
Minnesota United FC midfielder Emanuel Reynoso, Houston Dynamo FC midfielder Hector Herrera and FC Dallas forward Jes�s Ferreira  celebrate winning

MLS All-Star Skills Challenge

The MLS All-Star Skills Challenge was held at Allianz Field on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
The Pride of Baltimore II sails into harbor during the Grand Parade of Sail.

Tall Ships return to Lake Superior

Spectators gathered for the Grand Parade of Sail on day one of the Festival of Sail Lake Superior, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 in Two Harbors, Minn.
A beautiful sunset over TCO Stadium after a stormy afternoon in the second half.

Photo gallery: Aurora falls in championship match

The Minnesota Aurora's dream season ended 2-1 in overtime against South Georgia Tormenta FC in front of a capacity crowd at TCO Performance Center.
H.E.R. performs at the Armory.

H.E.R. at the Armory

H.E.R. performs a show at the Armory in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, April 29, 2022.
Colette Alexander, 12, snuggled up to a lamb she got to hold as the girls got a chance to get up close with the farm animals at the Girls Explore Scie

Girls Explore Science program at Dodge Nature Center

Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul offers an after-school science program for girls 5th-8th grade. The program is meant to a positive social environment for girls from different schools to explore different parts of nature and science. Each program is once a week for a month. On Wednesday a small group of girls ages 10-13 learned about agriculture and got to get up close with farm animals.
Lead singer Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons performing early in the band’s set Sunday night, February 27, 2022 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn

Photos: Imagine Dragons at Target Center

Imagine Dragons played at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Feb., 27, 2022
In Berlin, Germany, thousands of people walk down the bulevard ‘Strasse des 17. Juni’ for a rally against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Sunday

Photos: Worldwide people show support for Ukraine

Thousands of people worldwide rallied to show support for Ukraine as Russian forces continue to fight to overtake Ukraine.
A couple embrace prior to the woman boarding a train carriage leaving for western Ukraine, at the railway station in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, Sund

Photos: Ukrainian people flee for safety as soldiers continue to fight back Russians Sunday.

Photos from Ukraine on Sunday Feb. 27, 2022.
Marchers showing support for Ukraine walked on Main St. SE towards the Stone Arch Bridge Sunday afternoon, February 27, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minn. Hun

Photos: Marchers show support for Ukraine with rally in Minneapolis

Marchers including Ukrainian-Americans in Minnesota marched through Minneapolis toward the Stone Arch Bridge, where they met members of Minnesota's Belarusian community for a united front against Russian aggression.
Flower arrangements next to the casket at the memorial service for Deshaun Hill Jr., 15, Tuesday afternoon, February 22, 2022 at the Frank J. Lindquis

Photos: Memorial service for Deshaun Hill Jr.

A memorial service was held for Deshaun Hill Jr., 15, Tuesday afternoon, February 22, 2022 at the Frank J. Lindquist Sanctuary at North Central University in Minneapolis.
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns drives on Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday,

Photos: Timberwolves 130, Nuggets 115

The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Denver Nuggets 130-115 at the Target Center Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, in Minneapolis, Minn.
Warroad goaltender Kendra Nordick blocks a shot by Andover forward Ashley Grabau in the first period.

Girls hockey: Andover 3, Warroad 1

Andover girls hickey won 3-1 against Warroad Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 at the Andover Ice Arena in Andover, Minn.
Games were played on multiple rinks Wednesday, Jan. 26, during the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships youth night at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minn.

U.S. Pond Hockey youth night

The 17th annual U.S. Pond Hockey Championships started out with a youth night Wednesday night.
Minneapolis Police Interim Chief Amelia Huffman speaks to to the media as she introducers her new appointees, from left, Deputy Chief of Professional

Chief Huffman introduces new appointees

Minneapolis Police Chief Huffman announced the newest appointments to the Minneapolis Police Administration.
Minnesota guard Sean Sutherlin tries to move around Illinois guard Luke Goode during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 4

Illinois 76, Gophers 53

Gophers men's basketball lost to Illinois State at Williams Arena on January 4, 2022, in Minneapolis, Minn.
Minnesota’s Jamison Battle makes a shot in the first half Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn.

Gophers 72, Green Bay 56

The Gophers beat Green Bay 72-56 at Williams Arena on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn.
Alanna Micheaux of Minnesota and Madi Mace of Ohio fight for the ball in the first quarter Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis,

Photos: Gophers women's basketball 99, Ohio 93

Minnesota Gophers guard E.J. Stephens dunked in the first half Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. The University of Minnesota Go

Gophers 79, Texas A&M Corpus Christi 71

Gophers vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi at Williams Arena on Dec. 14, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn.
University of Minnesota wrester Gable Steveson arrives ringside at WWE Raw Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

Gable Steveson at WWE

Olympic gold medal wrestler Gable Steveson was introduced at a WWE event at the Xcel Energy Center on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn.
Eric Curry of Minnesota looks up after falling in the first half against Michigan State Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn

Gophers men's basketball vs. Michigan State

The Gophers men's basketball hosted Michigan State at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn.
Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve stands for photos with her ceremonial jersey during a press conference to announce she’d been named the head

Cheryl Reeve named head coach of USA women's basketball

Cheryl Reeve was announced as the head coach of USA women's basketball at a press conference at Target Center on Wednesday, Dec., 8, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn.
Lucy Carlson, 6, and her brother Wes Carlson, 6, of Hanover, walk through a giant apple of lights in the Winter Lights display at the Minnesota Landsc

Winter Lights at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Winter Lights is an outdoor walking tour exhibit at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum through January 2.
Minnesota Wild right wing Ryan Hartman tried to get control of the puck in the first period while shadowed by New Jersey Devils left wing Tomas Tatar

Photos: Wild 5, New Jersey 2

The Minnesota Wild hosted the New Jersey Devils at the Xcel Energy Center on Dec. 2, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn.
Minnesota Gophers guard Gadiva Hubbard, center Bailey Helgren and forward Kadiatou Sissoko all tried to stop North Carolina Tar Heels guard Alyssa Ust

Gophers women's basketball vs. North Carolina

The Gophers women's basketball hosted North Carolina at William's Arena on December 1, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn.
President Joe Biden travelled to Rosemount, Minn., Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, where he visited Dakota County Technical College, which has programs to tra

Photos: Biden visits Minnesota

President Joe Biden visited Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minn,, to promote the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law on November 30, 2021.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels battles under the basket with New Orleans Pelicans center Willy Hernangomez in the first half of an NBA

Timberwolves 110, New Orleans 96

The Timberwolves beat the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 in New Orleans.
San Jose Sharks defenseman Jacob Middleton and Minnesota Wild left wing Jordan Greenway fight in the first period Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 at the Xcel E

Wild vs. San Jose Sharks

The Minnesota Wild hosted the San Jose Sharks at the Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn.
Wayzata outside hitter Avery Jesewitz bumps the ball in the first set as Wayzata High School played Rogers High School in the girls Class 4A volleybal

Class 4A volleyball state tournament semifinals

Class 4A volleyball state tournament semifinals: Wayzata High School verses Rogers High School
A bunch of cowboys on the sidelines watched the rodeo on the first night of the Hamel Rodeo in Hamel, Minn., on Thursday, July 8, 2021.

Inside the world of rodeo in Minnesota

Rodeos offer a chance for competitors to show off the skills needed for herding and managing cattle. But they're more than that.
Ruben Fuentes atop Rush Hour Traffic won the $100,000 Princess Elaine Minnesota Distaff Turf Championship.

Canterbury's Festival of Champions

The Festival of Champions was held at Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee.
The damage to the forest from the Greenwood Fire that was started by lightening on August 15th about 10 miles southwest of Isabella. Here, photographe

Superior National Forest after fire

Authorities offered a first look Wednesday at the stark, charred landscape left behind by northern Minnesota's Greenwood fire, a 41-square-mile wildfire that continues ravaging a large swath of the Superior National Forest after nearly four weeks.
Eden Prairie’s Bennett Larson drove past East Ridge’s Luke Burger during the first quarter.

Prep football: East Ridge at Eden Prairie football

Eden Prairie hosted Woodbury's East Ridge High School for the prep football season opener Thursday evening.
Navy Seaman 2nd Class Lloyd Timm, 19, of Kellogg, Minnesota, was among 429 Sailors killed aboard USS Oklahoma while the ship was moored at Ford Island

Pearl Harbor seaman's remains returned home

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Lloyd Timm Todd, 19, of Kellogg, Minnesota, was among 429 Sailors killed aboard USS Oklahoma while the ship was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. On Thursday, sailors from Navy Operational Support Center Minneapolis provided military honors at MSP Airport as Timm's recently remains return to Minnesota.
Apple Valley High underclassmen illuminated the darkness with cell phone flashlights as a video of Gable Steveson’s Olympic highlights played on a s

Gable Steveson Day

Olympic wrestling gold medalist Gable Steveson vistited Apple Valley High School where he graduated high school Thursday for Gable Steveson Day.
Sentence brings mixed emotions to people at George Floyd Square

Sentence brings mixed emotions to people at George Floyd Square

The verdict of 22.5 years for Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd left people with mixed emotions at George Floyd Square Friday afternoon.
Arlie Gonsior, 6, jumped up and down to stay warm while waiting for Fresh French Fries with her family.

State Fair's "Kickoff to Summer" begins

Hungry and thirsty fairgoers returned to the State Fairgrounds Thursday to indulge in some tasty treats for the first time since COVID-19 wiped out last summer's festival. The "Kickoff to Summer" event continues through Memorial Day.
Zeke Hilback, 2, played in the grass in front of his family’s camper in Jay Cooke State Park in Duluth on Wednesday.

Minnesotans travel on Memorial Day weekend

People are already camping at Jay Cook State Park in Duluth
Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Foligno tried to deflect a pass from the corner while defended by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo in

Wild vs. Vegas Game 6

The Minnesota Wild play the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 6 of the playoffs
Vikings quarterbacks Kirk Cousins and Kellen Mond at organized team practice at TCO Performance Center in Eagan, Minn., on May 26, 2021.

Vikings team activities May 26

The Vikings first team activities open to the media
A crew of helpers together pulled on straps and pushed from below to bring the sculpture upright on the base.

MLK remembrance celebrations

MLK remembrance celebrations around the metro and nation on January 18, 2021
Jim Watkins dashed across the snow on Wayzata Bay on Lake Minnetonka during a Snowkiting race.

Snowkiting racing in Wayzata

The Wayzata Yacht Club hosted Snowkiting racing Sunday, January 17, 2021. The racing continues Sundays the rest of January and February.
Hamza Dirie, 9, a fourth grader, held a sign out his father’s truck’s window calling to empower school teachers during Tuesday night’s rally. �

Educators rally to delay reopening

The St. Paul Federation of Educators gathered educators, parents and community members for a car rally Tuesday outside the St. Paul Public Schools district office to call on the district to delay reopening until educators can be vaccinated, community transmission declines and they can communicate safety plans to families.
Sisters Cece, 7, and Maddie Pierce, 13, and sisters Clara, 10, and Olivia Plumstead make a daily newspaper that they distribute through their neighbor

Stuck at home, Twin Cities kids publish their own neighborhood newspapers

No matter their angle or aesthetic, these newspapers are a source of community camaraderie.
Deonte Haynes hugged his daughter, Jalei, 5, in early December at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where he was leaving to return to Fort H

Tensions with Iran add to strain for 'Army man' and his family

U.S. airstrike killing general and Iranian retaliation ramp up the stress of Minnesota National Guard deployment.

Aussie Peppers of Minnesota

The Australian national women's fastpitch softball team is spending a few months in Mankato as it makes a bid for the 2020 Olympics.

Bikini vs. snowman: Two spring scenes a year apart

These photos taken at Lake Nokomis were shot nearly one year, and 68 degrees apart. Move the slider in the middle of the image to see the differences between these two scenes.

The Vanishing Prairie: A closer look

As this dry summer draws to a close, the prairie seems a monochromatic brown. But look closer and its secrets are revealed …
Sandra White put her hand on her hip as she turned toward a crowd boo-ing her as she sang in the Worlds Worst Irish Tenor contest Wednesday at Mancini

Everybody's Irish

For the past 47 years, the musically challenged have been given their chance to shine.
Four-year-old Jonny peered into a bucket attached to a sugar maple to collect syrup. He along with his family were on a walk with volunteer John Probs

Dreaming of Waffles?

If it's March, it's maple syrup time at Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove.
Georgio Harris leaped into the water during swimming time at YMCA Camp Ihduhapi.

Jump in the lake? OK

Lots of emotion comes with a youngster's first trip to overnight camp: excitement, yes, but nerves and homesickness, too. "Summer Samplers" offer kids a chance to ease in for three nights, rather than a full week, at YMCA Camp Ihduhapi on Lake Independence.