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.


Third arson fire was most damaging to historic Stevens House in Minneapolis

Known as the "birthplace of Minneapolis," the 172-year-old property is in bad shape following three fires this year.


Listen: Does Minnesota really have the 'World's Oldest Rock'?

The Curious Minnesota podcast discusses the 3.5 billion-year-old history of Minnesota's most ancient artifact.


Listen: Who was Hennepin and why did Minnesota name so many things after him?

The Curious Minnesota podcast discusses the 17th century Catholic priest whose name is prevalent in the Twin Cities.


Why did Finnish immigrants come to Minnesota? (And no, they're not Scandinavian)

Minnesota boasts more residents of Finnish ancestry than any other state. The story of how Finns arrived here is distinct from Swedes and Norwegians in several ways.


What happens to hazardous waste Minnesotans bring to drop-off facilities?

Minnesota is a national leader for its extensive network of hazardous waste collection programs.


Does Minnesota really have the 'World's Oldest Rock'?

The 3.5 billion-year-old rocks of southwestern Minnesota are known to geologists around the world.


Why has the Park Board allowed the 'birthplace of Minneapolis' to deteriorate?

The storied, 172-year-old structure in Minnehaha Park is in need of exterior repairs.


640th Avenue? 180th Street? The backstory behind long rural addresses

Those large numbers convey a lot of information about the geography of greater Minnesota.


Listen: How did Nicollet Island become one of Minneapolis' most unusual parks?

The Curious Minnesota podcast delves into the island's transformation from a 19th Century industrial hub.


Listen: Why isn't Minnesota's sacrifice at Gettysburg better remembered?

The Star Tribune's Kevin Duchschere discusses the First Minnesota regiment's heroism and legacy on the Curious Minnesota podcast.