Eric Roper | Star Tribune
Reporter | Twin Cities

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.


Southwest light-rail challenge reaches federal appeals court

Citizens group says the Metropolitan Council improperly committed to a route for the line.


Emergency callers wait longer for police responses at Mpls. border

A Star Tribune analysis of more than 70,000 calls shows disparities in response times across the Twin Cities.


Pulling some plastics: Minneapolis updates recycling advice

City says not to toss No. 6 or black plastic in the big blue bins.


Jon Jacklin, who ran Smack Shack, dies at 47

Jon Jacklin once joked that upon his death, he wished to lie in state atop Table 23. Where? At Smack Shack, of course, where Jacklin…


MOA's water park plan a deep dive into creative accounting

Bloomington has spent months devising an intricate plan that officials say will both lower borrowing costs and shield property taxpayers from risk.


Demolition of oldest downtown Mpls. apartment building blocked by panel's vote

The Oakland Apartments, likely the oldest surviving apartment building in downtown, was ravaged by a fire in 2016.


Warm-up begins in Minn., bringing relief and home hassles

Temperatures were rising Thursday inside and out, bringing a return to routines. But the deep freeze left some pain, especially frozen plumbing.


Caught up in bone-chilling cold, Minnesota is grinding to a halt

The lowest temperatures in a generation and windchills of 50-below forced the state into a deep freeze, with schools, businesses and even government agencies announcing they were shutting down. Wednesday is shaping up to be worse.


Numb's the word: State locks down, buttons up as blast hits

Deep-freeze forecast calls for temperatures of 30 below ­— for first time since 1996. Many schools are closing for the next two days.


Hungry for data on food safety? In Minnesota, it's more than a click away

Minnesota is alone in not publishing restaurant inspection data online.