J. Patrick Coolican | Star Tribune
Reporter | Politics and state government

J. Patrick Coolican is a Star Tribune political reporter who began his career by starting a website and following the 2000 presidential campaign. He's been a journalist in seven different states, and in 2013-14 was a Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan.

Coolican is married to Star Tribune visual journalist Leila Navidi, and they have a son named Liam. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he studied philosophy and literature. He has been to nearly 50 Phish concerts, and welcomes your critical disapproval.


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Feehan wasted no time opening up attacks on Hagedorn.


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What is the impact of a presidential visit? Maybe nothing

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The nature of the allegation has yet to be made public.


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Legislators travel to Iowa casino to gather facts (and check out the action) following state's newly passed law.