Reporter | Politics and Government

Briana Bierschbach is a politics and government reporter for the Star Tribune.

Bierschbach has spent the last decade covering Minnesota politics for various publications, including MPR News and MinnPost. She started her journalism career in college at the University of Minnesota's campus newspaper, the Minnesota Daily, where she covered city hall. Bierschbach also has worked at the Pioneer Press, the Associated Press and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. In her spare time, she teaches a class on state government at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and spends time with her husband, dog and two cats.


Tensions build between Walz, progressives over police protests

Some Democrats have been vocal in opposing projectiles and tear gas deployed against protesters.


Minnesota officials extend peacetime emergency for 30 days

Top Democrats say the powers are needed as the state distributes doses of the vaccine.


Walz looks to extend powers, but no new restrictions seen

Walz plans to extend emergency powers for another 30 days on Wednesday, citing the need for continued vigilance.


Historic class of women shaping Minnesota policy, budgets

More women are in the Legislature than ever before, and changing it: They're using strength in numbers to push issues that sat stagnant for years in the male-dominated Capitol.


Where big issues stand at the Minnesota Legislature

The divided Legislature has just a few weeks to pass a two-year state budget and try to strike a deal on other key policy issues.


Minn. Senate considering bill to redefine 'mentally incapacitated' for rape victims

A proposal moving in the House would broadly overhaul the state's criminal sexual conduct laws.


$31B investment is a lifeline for tribes devastated by COVID

Millions of dollars will flow directly to Minnesota's 11 tribal nations to offset lost revenue when they closed their enterprises during the pandemic, and to boost vaccination efforts and increase testing.


'So far behind': Minnesotans eye federal infrastructure bill for languishing projects

Details are scant so far on how much the state could get if the $2.3 trillion package passes Congress.


Pressure growing on Minnesota lawmakers to adopt stronger sexual assault laws

A recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision renewed calls for legislative action.


Walz says 'normalcy is on the horizon' in annual address

The first-term governor warned Minnesotans to get vaccinated and stay vigilant as cases start to rise again, spurred in part by more infectious variants of the virus