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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

Hill-Murray and Edina claim victory in the State Class 2A girls semifinals

Hill-Murray beat Andover 3-1 with goalie Grace Zhan making 35 saves. Edina toppled No. 1 seed Minnetonka 3-2.

Lawmakers convene for the opening day of the new legislative session

Minnesota's 2024 legislative session will focus on bonding projects and fixes to new laws.

Divers begin the new year with a chilling plunge into Lake Minnetonka

Participants in the 2024 ALARC Charity Ice Dive jumped off the docks due to an unusually mild start to winter. According to founder Bill Doc Wenmark, the last time Lake Minnetonka was not frozen over was the winter of 1877-78.

Wild fall 5-3 to Devils

The Wild lost to the New Jersey Devils Sunday.

Wolves 106, Heat 90

The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Miami Heat 106-90 at the Target Center on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Centennial shuts down Rosemount, zeroes in on the football postseason

The Cougars avenged a 2022 loss, covering up for three lost fumbles with stern defense.

Andover defeats Robbinsdale Armstrong 42-7

Andover, No. 5 in Class 5A, got five TDs from D'Mario Davenport against No. 8 Armstrong.

Loved ones gather to plant tree for 7-year-old killed in Minneapolis bicycle accident

Family, friends and first responders gathered Wednesday outside 7-year-old Penelope Thompson's home in Minneapolis to plant a tree in her honor. She died when a motorist hit her while she was riding her bicycle in early September.

Loved ones gather to plant tree for 7-year-old killed in Minneapolis bicycle accident

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular lights up the night

The annual event, hosted by the Minnesota Zoo, features 5000 glowing, carved pumpkins.

Kids practice at "quarterback school"

Former college quarterback Cleveland McCoy offers training to young quarterbacks all year long.

Twins 9, Angels 3

The Minnesota Twins defeated the Los Angeles Angels 9-3 Sunday, September 24 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Twins Clinch American Central Title against Angels

Twins fall to the Rays 5-4

The loss caused Minnesota to lose the three-game series to Tampa Bay.

NDSU 35, Eastern Washington 10

North Dakota State University defeated Eastern Washington 35-10 in their first game of the season at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on September 2, 2023.

The Jonas Brothers hit the State Fair Grandstand

Ukrainian teens experience a Minnesota State Fair parade

Thirty Ukrainian teenagers are spending five weeks in the Twin Cities. They are visiting local governments, talking to protesters and civic leaders, touring local businesses and even marching in a State Fair parade.

Steve Simon speaks to students about a voting registration law change

The Minnesota Secretary of State got the word out at an Albert Lea High School student assembly about a law change that allows 16 and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote.

Gophers football hold an open practice

The Gophers will play the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Thursday, Aug. 31.

Fall sports kick off with the first day of practices

Holy Family Catholic held their first football practice of the season with a new team of coaches.

Community and law enforcement respond to the death of Ricky Cobb II

Ricky Cobb II died of multiple gunshot wounds during a traffic stop on Interstate 94 in north Minneapolis. Family members advocated for the release of Minnesota State Patrol footage ahead of a press conference where the bodycam and dashcam footage were played.

Thomas Rhett performs at Xcel Energy Center

Thomas Rhett performed at the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday, July 26, 2023. Cole Swindell opened for Rhett.

The Lynx defeated the Mystics 97-92

Tiny hidden treasures

Opening Festival for the Trail of Small Wonders at the Westwood Hills Nature Center. The trail has "tiny hidden dwellings" for magical beings along the trail. The festival includes butterfly stilt walkers, live music, puppetry, storytelling, face painting, a dance performance, magic, and hands-on art stations.

Gallery: Twins roll Kansas City 9-3 at Target Field on July 4

Carlos Correa earned his 1,000th career hit during Tuesday's game.

Loved ones gather and deliver victim impact statements for Josiah Oakley at his killer's sentencing

Sylvester Vaughn was sentenced to 48 months in prison for killing the 22-year-old after he blew through a red light at at least 85 mph while drunk in December.

Gallery: Grand Carnivale at Valleyfair

Grand Carnivale at Valleyfair in Shakoppee with a nighttime Spectacle of Color Parade that ends with block party filled with entertainers, dancers, and food.

Gallery: Rhythm on the Rails

Free community concert series Rhythm on the Rails in downtown Shakopee on June 28, 2023.

Gallery: Lynx beat Storm 104-93

The Lynx beat the Seattle Storm 104-93 at Target Center on Tuesday. Minnesota's Napheesa Collier led all scorers with 33 points.

Harding High School Graduation

St. Paul's Harding High School Graduation ceremony at Roy Wilkins Auditorium.

Harding High School Graduation

Twins beat the Brewers 7-5

Minnesota Twins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-5 with a walk-off homer by Correa at Target Field Tuesday June 13, 2023.

World War II Veteran turns 100

World War II Air Force Veteran Richard King celebrates his 100th birthday.

Twins win 1-0 over the Guardians

Twins beat the Guardians 1-0 at Target Field on Friday, June 2, 2023. Jhoan Duran completes a five-out save, his eighth save of the season.

Border crossings intensify ahead of the lifting of Title 42

Tens of thousands of migrants are expected to attempt to enter the United States in the next few days, after a COVID-era immigration policy known as Title 42 expires late on Thursday.

Maple Grove's Jordyn Borsch emphasizes the elite in Hamline Elite Meet

Borsch won the 100, 200 and 400 at the annual gathering of top high school athletes.

Twins beat the Yankees 6-2

The Minnesota Twins defeated the New York Yankees 6-2 in a game Tuesday night at Target Field.

Photos: Funeral for Pope County deputy killed while on duty

Deputy Josh Owen was fatally shot while responding to a domestic disturbance call a week ago. The funeral and visitation took place at Minnewaska Area High School in Glenwood, Minn.,

Gallery: Honoring Prince on the seventh anniversary of the artist's death

Sharon Nelson, Prince's sister, and other community members attended an event at Paisley Park on the seven year anniversary of Prince's death.

Photos: Second-annual dodgeball night hosted by La ola del lago

This was the second annual Ladies Dodgeball night fundraiser at the school. Participants donated $25 to play versions of dodgeball lead by La ola del lago PE teacher Kevin Humbert. Last year they raised $1000 that helped pay for rollarblades for the the school.

Timberwolves defeat Oklahoma City Thunder 120-95

The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-95 in a 2023 NBA Play-In Tournament game Friday night, April 14, 2023 at Target Center

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.

Photos: Immersive Disney Animation at Lighthouse Artspace

Visitors got to experience the Lighthouse Immersive Studio's Immersive Disney Animation in Minneapolis. The show is open to the public starting Thursday.

Gallery: Wayzata edges Lakeville North in Class 4A semifinals

Hayden Tibbits scored with 1.1 seconds left to lift Wayzata over Lakeville North 79-77 in the Class 4A boys basketball semifinals at Target Center on Thursday.

Gallery: Park Center surges late to stop Eastview in Class 4A semifinal

Park Center defeated Eastview 61-56 at Target Center on Thursday to advance to the Class 4A boys basketball title game.

Gallery: Albany defeats Goodhue 48-45 in class 2A semis

Albany High School played Goodhue High School in the class 2A girls basketball state tournament semifinals at Williams Arena in Minneapolis on Friday, March 17, 2023.

Gallery: Providence Academy defeats Minnehaha Academy in class 2A semis

Providence Academy played Minnehaha Academy in the class 2A girls basketball state tournament semifinals at Williams Arena in Minneapolis on Friday, March 17, 2023.

Gallery: BOLD advances in Class 1A girls basketball quarterfinals

BOLD advanced to the semifinals after defeating United Christian Academy 67-29 in the Class 1A quarterfinals at Maturi Pavilion on Thursday.

Gallery: Timberwolves fall to Wizards 114-106

The Timberwolves, after leading by as much as 20 points earlier in the game, lost 114-106 to the Washington Wizards at Target Center on Thursday.

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.

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.

Kids learn flips and tricks at aerial play class

The Hive in Waconia, Minn., hosted an aerial play drop-in for kids to learn to use silk hammocks for swinging, flips and tricks at the studio.

Kids learn flips and tricks at aerial play class

Photos: Minneapolis Ukrainian church hosts Orthodox Christmas Eve service

St. Michael's and St. George's Ukrainian Orthodox Church hosted parishioners to a Christmas Eve service on Friday in Minneapolis.

Photos: Minneapolis Ukrainian church hosts Orthodox Christmas Eve service

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.

Photos: New Year's Day Ice Dive

Gallery: Gophers women's basketball falls to Kentucky

The Gophers fell 80-74 to the Kentucky Wildcats at Williams Arena on Wednesday.

Prep Bowl: Maple Grove beats Rosemount 27-10 for 6A title

Maple Grove High School played against Rosemount High School in the 6A State Football Championship game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Friday, December 2, 2022.

Prep Bowl: Simley ousts Hutchinson for 4A crown 34-24

Simley High School played Hutchinson in the Class 4A championship football game on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

GLOW holiday light show dazzles at CHS Field

The light spectacular features over one million lights with various displays featured throughout the event.
Minnesota Wild right wing Brandon Duhaime (21) celebrates Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Foligno's (17) goal in the second period. The Minnesota Wild

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.

Wild host Winnipeg Jets, win 6-1

Photos: Timberwolves beat Lakers 111-102

The Minnesota Timberwolves played the Los Angeles Lakers at Target Center in Minneapolis on Friday, October 28, 2022.

Maren Morris at the Armory

Maren Morris performs at the Armory on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 in Minneapolis.

Photos: Avalanche beat Wild 6-3

The Minnesota Wild lose 6-3 to the Colorado Avalanche Monday, Oct. 17, 2022 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

Photos: Lizzo performs at Xcel Energy Center

Popstar Lizzo performed at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday, Oct. 11 in St. Paul.

Photos: Gophers men's hockey bests Mankato 4-1

The University of Minnesota men's hockey played Minnesota State University Mankato in Minneapolis on Friday, October 7, 2022.
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.

Maria's Voice honors domestic violence victims

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.

Twins beat White Sox 8-4

Twins vs. Cleveland Guardians

The Minnesota Twins hosted the Cleveland Guardians at Target Field on Saturday, September 10, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minn.

St. Paul neighbors patrol to increase safety, reduce stress near Minnesota State Fair

A volunteer group of neighbors who live near the Minnesota State Fair have banded together, set on helping deter crime after two previous fairs where they said it felt like it was on the rise.
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.