Liz Sawyer | Star Tribune
Reporter | Breaking news, crime and corrections

Liz Sawyer covers breaking news, crime and corrections for the Star Tribune. She previously wrote about suburban life in the south metro.

Sawyer graduated from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in newspaper and online journalism. She worships her alma mater's college hoops team and believes that an orange is, in fact, a suitable mascot.


Woman killed in two-vehicle crash in north Minneapolis

Officers responded to the intersection of N. Washington and Dowling avenues, just east of Interstate 94, around 9 p.m.


I-35W closed this weekend from I-94 to Crosstown

Starting Friday night, drivers need an alternate route to downtown Minneapolis.


Star Tribune wins seven National Headliner Awards for local coverage

The Star Tribune has won seven National Headliner Awards, including two first-place honors. The newspaper’s journalists were distinguished for a variety of projects, ranging from…


Relatives, friends identify man shot by police in Coon Rapids

John Fairbanks Sr., 40, leaves behind a pregnant wife and young son.


University of Minnesota professor and explorer pleads guilty to domestic assault

Climate change expert Aaron Doering will serve 180 days in the workhouse and complete two years of probation.


Activist Abby Honold appointed to Minnesota sentencing guidelines commission

Honold has advocated for better police training since a 2014 rape.


Missing Belle Plaine teen found safe

Andrew Cunat was reunited with his family late Wednesday.


Loaded gun confiscated from second-grader's backpack at St. Paul school

Police said the student's mother could face charges.


St. Paul police investigating homicide after man found dead in his home

They say autopsy results suggest victim found in W. Seventh area was killed.


Are rowdy basketball fans to blame for vandalized "M" at Gold Medal Park?

Vandals appear to have stood on the letter and pulled like crazy, according to an official of the company that manages the park. Eventually, the welded bottom broke free.