James Eli Shiffer | Star Tribune
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James Eli Shiffer covers government secrecy and public records, and writes the Full Disclosure column. He has worked as a team leader and reporter at the Star Tribune since 2005, focusing on investigations and the digital transformation of news. Before that, he spent 12 years at The News & Observer in Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina. He's a board member of the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information. He's also the author of "The King of Skid Row," a 2016 book from the University of Minnesota Press about a vanished community in Minneapolis. Contact via Signal: 612 666-0697 PGP Key: E509 C57A 4969 8E79 6165 97AF 28D4 C505 AF40 B006

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.

Minnesota man appears in newly declassified JFK assassination files

A man living in Crystal in 1965 was repeatedly named as an FBI informant in the trove of documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy released by the National Archives on Thursday.