Curious Minnesota Editor

Eric Roper oversees Curious Minnesota, the Star Tribune's community reporting project fueled by great reader questions. He also hosts the Curious Minnesota podcast. 

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: What roles did Minnesota's Native American chiefs play? And who were some notable ones?

The Curious Minnesota podcast discusses how these celebrated figures of the past navigated difficult decisions.

Listen: Why does Maplewood have such an odd shape?

The Curious Minnesota podcast discusses how Maplewood was born out of leftover land — and became home to a signature Minnesota company.

Listen: How did Northfield become home to St. Olaf and Carleton colleges?

The Curious Minnesota podcast discusses the collaborative roots of these two prominent institutions.

Listen: Did union rules prevent Leonard Bernstein from joining the Minnesota Orchestra?

The Curious Minnesota podcast discusses how sometimes rejection is the beginning of an exciting new path in life.

Introducing the Curious Minnesota Collection. Every question we've answered — now in one place

Our new searchable database is home to more than 260 stories about Minnesota history and culture, all inspired by reader questions.

Listen: What does it mean when Minnesota courts sentence offenders to 'the workhouse'?

The Curious Minnesota podcast discusses the background of these unique correctional facilities, which are neither jails nor prisons.

Listen: What is Minnesota's deepest lake?

The Curious Minnesota podcast discusses how humans created many of the state's deepest water bodies.

Listen: How did Minnesota become the nation's top turkey state?

The Curious Minnesota podcast discusses how a turkey turnaround a century ago made Minnesota birds a Thanksgiving staple around the country.

Listen: How much flour would it take to turn Lake Superior into bread?

The Curious Minnesota podcast discusses how a teenager's question sent us down a leavened labyrinth.

How should Curious Minnesota expand in 2024?

Your feedback is important to shaping the future of this project, which will soon celebrate its fifth anniversary.