Jean Hopfensperger | Star Tribune
Reporter | Religion, Faith & Values

Jean Hopfensperger is the religion, faith and values reporter for the Star Tribune. She focuses largely on religious trends shaping Minnesota and the nation. 

A veteran reporter, Hopfensperger has covered religion, philanthropy, immigration, the state legislature, human services and Central American issues. Before joining the Star Tribune, she worked for several years in Central America, reporting on conflicts for U.S. newspapers such as The Christian Science Monitor. She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota focusing on international politics and U.S. social policy.


Minnesota Methodists vote against LGBT restrictions

LGBT restrictions do "great harm," Minnesota Methodists say.


Minnesota's biggest Christian music fest underway this weekend

About 25,000 people are expected to pack the National Sports Center in Blaine this weekend for the largest contemporary Christian music festival in Minnesota. It’s…


'State of Bible' survey shows more digital users, most interest among blacks

Nearly half of U.S. adults say they use the Bible at least three times a year, including reading it, praying with Bible texts or listening…


Wolf howls join worship hymns in 'Missa Gaia' at Minnesota churches

Whales and wolves join church choirs performing Mother Earth Mass each spring


Arson suspected in series of fires in St. Paul

A dozen deliberate fires were concentrated in the western part of the city.


Biggest attraction of Doors Open? Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Doors Open event brought 72,000 visitors to Minneapolis buildings and businesses.


Following LGBT bans, Minnesota Methodists ask, 'What's next?'

State's Methodists are debating a split or forming a new, inclusive entity.


Minnesota lawsuit demands that Vatican release abuse files

The three brothers were sexually abused by Curtis Wehmeyer in St. Paul.


Victims of clergy abuse to sue Vatican, seek abusers' names

They seek files of clergy who've abused children.


Wordplay festival in Minneapolis is readers' heaven

Thousands flock to downtown Minneapolis for event featuring all things literary.