Reporter | Features

Richard Chin is a feature reporter with the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. He has been a longtime Twin Cities-based journalist who has covered crime, courts, transportation, outdoor recreation and human interest stories.

As a feature reporter, Richard Chin has flown on the Goodyear Blimp, driven the Wienermobile, sunk to the bottom of a lake in a one-man submarine, worn a giant urine specimen cup costume as a mascot for a health care company, rode a vintage Puch at the Sturgis of mopeds and was mistakenly arrested by police hunting for a serial killer. He also spent six weeks in Baghdad during the Iraq war and was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.


Sleep cages and ice baths: The extreme lifestyle of local biohackers

Can you engineer a better human? These folks are trying to find out by experimenting on themselves.


Meet the people who think soaking in a frozen Minneapolis lake is the secret to good health

The popular "biohack" cold-water immersion is gaining ground with Twin Cities residents and some scientists.


Can you make a living as a ventriloquist? This St. Paul man can speak to that

Decades after a St. Paul man started making dummies talk, ventriloquism is cool again.


What happens when a ski jumper takes a camera to the top of the hill?

A skier and photographer captures the unique culture of ski jumping in the Midwest.


Sex harassment complaint prompts co-founder to quit St. Paul's TU Dance

TU Dance's Uri Sands faces sex allegation; co-founder Toni Pierce-Sands stays on.


Where to find the last old-school Mold-A-Rama souvenir vending machine in Minnesota

Beloved souvenir vending machines make Minnesota a destination for collectors.


Rest in peace, ye merry gentlemen: Horror isn't just for Halloween anymore

The Twin Cities haunted house known as the Haunted Basement has created a holiday-themed nightmare before Christmas show this December.


Ingrid Maslow, who survived the Holocaust thanks to nuns and her own resourcefulness, dies at 86

Maslow learned her State Fair prize-winning needlepoint skills from the nuns who sheltered her from the Nazis.


As historic storm halts travel in Duluth, metro area gets soaked and wind-chilled

Heavy snow forecast for North Shore while wintry mix plagued Twin Cities.


Beard oil, hot sauce, sex toys: The advent calendar gets weird

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: 25 pieces of beef jerky.