Audience Engagement Reporter | Twin Cities

Since joining the Star Tribune in 2009, he has covered the Twin Cities metro area, the city of Minneapolis, the state Legislature and Congress. A native of New York City, Roper lives in south Minneapolis. He is interested in the hidden systems that make urban life possible, as well as Minneapolis history. Roper is a graduate of the George Washington University and was named "Young Journalist of the Year" by the Society of Professional Journalists' Minnesota chapter in 2013. In his spare time, he is an amateur woodworker who enjoys learning new furniture-making skills.


Listen: The mysterious wall that holds St. Anthony Falls in place

The Curious Minnesota podcast explores the questions being raised about a 145-year-old wall located deep beneath the Mississippi River.


What do you want to know about the 2021 election?

Star Tribune reporters will be answering reader questions about the 2021 election on a future episode of the Curious Minnesota podcast. Let us know…


Listen: Why are there so many new 5G cell antennas in some neighborhoods?

The Curious Minnesota podcast explores the evolution of cellular technology and the reason for all the new antennas.


Did political shenanigans derail an effort to move Minnesota's capital?

The well-known tale about an 1850s proposal to move the capital to St. Peter has been passed down for generations.


Listen: What do State Fair attendees want to know about Minnesota?

Fairgoers spoke to the Curious Minnesota podcast about what questions they would like to see us answer.


Listen: What is the future of COVID-19 and the delta variant?

Reporters Jeremy Olson and Glenn Howatt join the Curious Minnesota podcast to answer reader questions about the latest phase of the pandemic.


Hidden wall protecting St. Anthony Falls draws new scrutiny

The wall's condition is largely a mystery.


Auto repair shop owner Tuan Anh Pham, staple of St. Paul's Midway business area, dies at 72

He was a pillar of the local Vietnamese community.


Listen: How did MSP Airport evolve from a bankrupt racetrack to an aviation hub?

Curious Minnesota podcast host Eric Roper discusses the long history of the region's airport with transportation reporter Janet Moore.


Discover the hidden house in Minnehaha Park where Minneapolis was born

Much of Minneapolis' past can be traced back to this modest house, which now sits in Minnehaha Park.