Jean Hopfensperger | Star Tribune
Reporter | Reporter - Philanthropy/Nonprofits

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

A veteran reporter, Hopfensperger previously covered 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.


Hansel Hall, civil rights advocate and mentor, dies at 91

He was president of the Minnesota-Dakotas chapter of the NAACP in the 1980s and consulted on civil rights issues most of his career.


Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis marks 150 years

The 12,000-member basilica has come a long way from its first home in a shed on the Mississippi.


Family tops the list of what gives life meaning, survey finds

Caring for a child, supporting a spouse are among things giving life meaning, survey shows.


Multifaith 'spiritual center' slated for St. Thomas campus in St. Paul

The Catholic university will create a shared spiritual home to a student body of diverse faiths.


Shootings spur Minnesota faith groups to beef up building security

Minnesota's faith leaders, authorities on sacred books and prayer, are increasingly studying building safety handbooks, hiring security advisers, and inviting law enforcement to get to know their buildings.


Four who sought answers outside mainstream religions

‘As a scientist, you look at things that are testable’ Greg Pratt, a veteran research scientist, holds as truth the things he can observe, can…


Fastest growing religion in Minnesota and around the country is 'none'

One in four Americans now belong to no religion, a trend fueling church closings and mergings.


Brooklyn Park Revive Church does some heavy lifting on hunger relief

The Brooklyn Park church is transformed into a grocery store once a month.


Interfaith choir from Minnesota heads for the Vatican with a message of unity

About 200 singers and supporters are in Rome to premiere a Minnesota-grown faith project.


Minnesota man sues Vatican, seeking files on abusers

The lawsuit points to investigation into former Archbishop John Nienstedt as example of Vatican cover-up.