James Eli Shiffer | Star Tribune
Reporter | Editor

James Eli Shiffer is the cities team leader for the Star Tribune, supervising coverage of Minneapolis and St. Paul. He has previously worked as the watchdog and data editor and written the Full Disclosure and Whistleblower columns. 

Before coming to the Star Tribune in 2005, Shiffer worked at The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., where he was an editor and reporter. He currently serves on the board of the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information, an advocacy group dedicated to transparency and open government. Shiffer is the author of "The King of Skid Row," a local history book. He lives in Minneapolis with his family.

Review: 'Dirty Doc Ames and the Scandal That Shook Minneapolis,' by Erik Rivenes

NONFICTION: Minneapolis Mayor "Doc" Ames was known for his visits to brothels, rigged poker games, and free-flowing booze.

Minnesota open records law needs a name equal to its purpose

The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act needs a new title. Desperately.

UFOs and aliens thrive in the vacuum created by secrecy

Lack of government transparency plays a big role in propagating wild theories of alien landings and coverups.

Breeders and animal dealers granted privacy, even after inspectors find problems

Dan Moulton has raised chinchillas, those cute little Andean furballs, in southern Minnesota for more than 50 years. Moulton is licensed by the U.S.…

Star Tribune offers new ways to send us news tips

Your eyes and ears are especially important to us in an era of growing government secrecy.

Sexual harassment shielded by secrecy at Minnesota Capitol

The sexual harassment scandal has brought new attention to the different disclosure practices that apply to Minnesota institutions.

Minneapolis' posting of 'deleted' EPA pages is a bit overheated

One problem: The web pages in question are still on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website. You can find them linked from the EPA home page.

Mille Lacs County sues feds to get FOIA response

And since November 2016, county officials have been waiting.

Opening the JFK files would have been a triumph of transparency. If only.

Instead it confirmed to the cynics and conspiracy theorists that the government can never come clean.

Trump White House confounds, confuses transparency advocates

Data purges and secrecy confounding transparency advocates.