Jennifer Bjorhus | Star Tribune
Reporter | Watchdog and data team

Jennifer is an investigative reporter covering government accountability and criminal justice. Over more than two decades at the San Jose Mercury News, Oregonian, Seattle Times, Pioneer Press and Star Tribune she has reported on the foreclosure crisis and victims of mortgage fraud, the collapse of one of the country's largest Ponzi schemes, the dot-com bubble and the overrepresentation of the mentally ill in fatal encounters with police in Minnesota. Her recent series "Shielded by the Badge" exposed how the state's police licensing authority allows officers who themselves are convicted of crimes, including many related to domestic violence, to keep their badges. The stories led to reform of statewide conduct standards. Her work has won national recognition including a National Headliner Award for investigative reporting, the Al Nakkula Award for police reporting, the National Association of Consumer Advocates local media award, and the ABA's Silver Gavel Award, for which she was a finalist. She lives in St. Paul with her husband, sons and Coco the cat. Her general rule: listen hard, dig deep.


Fatal police encounters in Minnesota since 2000

More than 160 people have died in forceful encounters with law enforcement in Minnesota since 2000.


Duluth clears rape kit backlog as reform bill becomes law

The new law gives agencies 60 days to submit kits and requires victim updates.


Bills take aim at Minnesota officers, elected officials accused of abuse

All Minnesota law agencies would be required to establish rules.


Appeals Court backs Richfield's firing of officer who struck Somali youth

Appeals Court upholds Richfield's firing of officer.


Wolf Ridge Learning Center takes a leap of growth on shore of Lake Superior

An Eden Prairie couple helped give students access to the Great Lake, but the North Woods center is $2.3 million short of its fundraising goal to make it happen.


Minnesota drafts new rape kit protocols with timetables to test

A bill in the state House would set statewide standards for processing sexual assault evidence kits after untested backlog revealed in 2015.


Debts and anger in wake of Minnesota officers' fundraisers

The trail of debts and ill will left by a Pennsylvania events management company has some Minnesota participants in its fundraisers crying foul.


266 sexual harassment complaints filed in state agencies from 2012-17

New reporting system, changes in culture needed, the report found.


Licensing board strengthens conduct standards for Minnesota law officers

Domestic assault, DUI will now trigger a license review for Minn. officers.


Richfield, police union argue over case of fired cop at appeals court

Rare appeal tests the power of public employee arbitration and handling of police misconduct.