MaryJo Webster | Star Tribune
Data Editor

MaryJo Webster joined the Star Tribune in April 2015. She has had stints as a data journalist as USA Today, Digital First Media, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Center for Public Integrity, and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Early in her career, she also worked as a reporter and editor at papers in New Ulm, Minn., and Oshkosh, Wis.


PART 3: How Minn. officers accused of serious crimes plea bargain to keep jobs

Officers with convictions – which might have cost them their careers in other states – can exploit weaknesses in Minnesota's licensing rules to keep their jobs.


What Minnesota can learn from Oregon on police oversight

In Oregon, police officers can be disciplined for infractions that wouldn't even trigger a state review here. The northwestern state has become a national model for rigorous licensing, with lessons for Minnesota in police accountability and improving public confidence.


PART 1: Minnesota police officers convicted of serious crimes still on the job

Over the past two decades, hundreds of Minnesota law enforcement officers have been convicted of criminal offenses. Most were never disciplined by the state. More than 140 are still on the job.


PART 2: A blind spot for officers involved in domestic violence in state

The state rarely sanctions police officers in domestic violence cases, a glaring weakness that police chiefs and victim advocates say needs to change.


School choice splits Twin Cities suburbs into haves, have-nots

Parents are going the distance to enroll their children in schools that offer the programs and services they want, effectively redrawing the map of district boundaries in the process.


Minneapolis' black families lead way in fleeing to other schools

Reasons for leaving the district range from safety concerns to a belief that academics elsewhere are better than in Minneapolis, which has struggled for years to close the achievement gap between white and black students.


Minorities make modest economic gains in Minnesota, new census data shows

Black, Hispanic and American Indian households in Minnesota made modest economic gains last year, but remain far behind whites and Asians, according to new census data.


Rising exodus of students puts more pressure on Minnesota schools

In Minneapolis and St. Paul, a third of the students are now leaving for other districts. The student flight is magnifying budget pressures and transforming the racial diversity of metro-area schools.


Minnesota teen driving deaths plummet: Better drivers or fewer teens?

The trend seems to reflect more restrictive licensing laws and changes in teen interests and behavior.


Minnesota math scores down a bit; reading results are flat

"It's frustrating to see test scores slowly increasing over time, but there's more to providing a student with a well-rounded education than can be seen in a test," Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said in a statement.