Glenn Howatt | Star Tribune
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Glenn Howatt has been with the Star Tribune since 1990. In addition to covering health care, he served as the newspaper's data editor for several years.

Howatt is a recipient of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize and was named a Pulitzer finalist in 2015. A native of Chicago, he has master's degrees in urban geography and journalism. Howatt holds two master's degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: one in urban geography and the other in journalism. He is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Howatt previously worked at Minneapolis-St. Paul CityBusiness, now the Business Journal.


While opioid epidemic rages, much of Minnesota is a treatment desert

Amid opioid crisis, many rural areas lack providers of updated drug therapy.


Budget shortfalls loom in Minnesota's health care fund

After federal cuts, money for MinnesotaCare will be $900 million short in 2023.


With fewer kids vaccinated, more Minn. schools vulnerable

"Herd immunity" is lost in one-third of state schools, several of which have had chickenpox outbreaks since 2017. That's the same year unvaccinated children helped drive a measles outbreak.


Minnesota suicides and other 'preventable deaths' reach record levels

Continual uptick is a "worrisome long-term trend," health officials say.


Minnesota patients are paying the price of drug roulette

When health insurers change the list of drugs they will pay for, that can mean higher costs, more co-payments and medical complications.


Mayo Clinic called out for use of live animals to train doctors

Clinic says its practices comply with the law.


Minnesota asks Big Tobacco firms: Where's the money?

Shortfalls in historic 1998 settlement putting Minnesota's quit-smoking efforts in jeopardy.


Tough choices over a pricey but effective drug for hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is one of the most common infectious diseases, with the potential to cause serious liver damage, so patients were thrilled when a set of revolutionary new medications became available five years ago.


Pet owners beware: Don't kiss that hedgehog

Salmonella outbreak from pets prompts warning.


Minnesota hospitals see spike in unpaid bills

It is the biggest jump since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2013, according to a report released by the Minnesota Hospital Association.