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

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.


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