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.


Officer, suspect exchange gunfire in Hubbard County, according to dispatch audio

Details were slim late Thursday, but multiple law enforcement agencies, including the BCA, were involved in the incident.


Openness, optimism are hallmarks of Minnesota's new corrections chief

Paul Schnell aims to make the state's prisons safer and saner.


Homeless camp out at Ramsey County Sheriff's Office after Union Depot is closed to them

The move came after the Ramsey County Board questioned the depot's use.


Minn. legislators go behind prison walls for a deeper look

The unprecedented legislative hearing at Stillwater prison comes as the Department of Corrections is reeling from the deadliest year in the agency's history.


Southern Minnesota woman who went missing on way to work is found in Illinois

Leigh Meska, 31, turned up Thursday in Rockford, but authorities did not say how she got there.


Minnesota builds up bragging rights, looks to add more before epic weekend warm-up

For nearly seven consecutive days, the state was designated the chilliest in the Lower 48.


Minneapolis police join efforts to hand out cold weather gear to homeless

Minneapolis police join efforts to prevent homeless people from getting frostbite.


TB outbreak tied to Minnesota St., Mankato under investigation

The infectious disease was found in eight people associated with the school, including mostly current and former students.


January: Disproportionate traffic stops hit minorities hard, panelists in Minneapolis stress

Community forum in Minneapolis on racial profiling looks to address racial disparities.


Man dead after officer-involved shooting at St. Louis Park apartments

Incident at Louisiana Court Apartments began as a call on a domestic dispute.