MaryJo Webster | Star Tribune
Data Editor

Webster has journalism degrees from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Insurers target seniors with shifting Medicare options

New plans in mix as more than 300,000 Minnesota seniors seek new coverage.


Police undertrained and overwhelmed by rape cases in Minnesota

Inadequate training for police who investigate sexual assaults, along with poor staffing and high turnover, plagues many police departments across the state – resulting in fewer charges against suspected offenders.


Beating the Odds: Which Minnesota schools are scoring better than expected?

A Star Tribune analysis of standardized math and reading test scores can determine whether schools are doing better than their demographics would suggest. Look up whether your school made the cut.


Minnesota has new benchmarks for schools, IDs 485 for help

New accountability system is designed to give better picture of overall performances.


Twin Cities STEM teachers are facing pay challenges

A Star Tribune analysis reveals that Twin Cities STEM teachers make less than many other kinds of teachers.


Minnesota police board promises steps to improve sex assault investigations

POST Board will prepare officer training standards and a model policy for sex assault investigations.


How alcohol foils rape investigations

Police are less likely to interview witnesses, assign cases to a detective or forward them to a prosecutor if the victim was drinking, according to a Star Tribune analysis. When cases involving alcohol do reach prosecutors, suspects are much less likely to be charged with a crime or convicted.


Frey pledges 'care and compassion' for sex assault victims

Minneapolis mayor was responding to a report showing chronic failings in sex assault investigations in Minnesota.


When rape is reported in Minnesota and nothing happens

A Star Tribune examination of more than 1,000 recent sexual assault cases shows pervasive failings by law enforcement — neglecting to interview witnesses, collect crucial evidence, or conduct criminal background checks on suspects. Many cases were never even assigned to an investigator.


No houses available to buy in Twin Cities? Blame rentals

More owners of affordable homes rent them out rather than offer them for sale.