Jill Burcum | Star Tribune
Editorial Writer

Jill has been an editorial writer since March 2008, joining the Editorial Board after working in the newsroom as an editor and reporter. Her "Separate and Unequal" series on dilapidated Bureau of Indian Education schools was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for editorial writing. 

"Burcum also testified before Congress in 2015 about these schools' poor condition. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington in 1991 and started her career as a reporter for the Rochester Post-Bulletin. She previously worked for Mayo Clinic and Ican Inc.


Minnesota's auditor has earned praise and another term

For three decades, Jim Nobles has brought accountability to state government.


Go, Batkid, go!

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Ideology ratings: Minnesota's John Kline and Al Franken

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Olympic wrestling: Tradition and ideals take a fall

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Health care: A prairie vision

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A gymnast's resolve

Jordyn Wieber displayed the heart of a champion.