Reporter | Twin Cities

Eric Roper is a metro reporter covering urban affairs in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Since joining the Star Tribune in 2009, he has covered the city of Minneapolis, the state Legislature and Congress for the paper. 

A native of New York City, Roper lives in south Minneapolis with his partner and their cat, George. 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.


2020 census wraps up in Minnesota, but questions of accuracy linger

Minnesota boasted the highest self-response rate in the nation.


Longtime Metro Transit bus driver Fletcher Cornely Sr. dies at 89

Fletcher Cornely Sr. brought a positive attitude to everything he did in life, whether he was driving a local bus or leading a funeral procession.…


Do the Twin Cities really get their drinking water from the Mississippi River?

Minneapolis and St. Paul treat about 100 million gallons of river water per day.


Federal rule on housing integration never got off the ground

Administration's halt to enforcement of it years ago blunted any impact.


Poll: Minnesota voters split on security of mail-in voting

A clear majority of likely Minnesota voters plan to cast their ballots in person on Election Day, even as half say the state has adequate protections against mail-in voting fraud, a new Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 Minnesota poll found.


Fact Frenzy: How well do you know your Minnesota food?

Hungry for trivia action? For this round of Fact Frenzy, we've got six questions about classic Minnesota cuisine to test your local food IQ.


Census advocates warn of incomplete count in Minnesota

Near deadline, Minnesota's top census ranking falls to 11th


Once-bustling downtown Minneapolis is casualty of pandemic, looting

Nearly six months into the pandemic, downtown remains largely empty, with at least 85% of the area's workforce still at home.


Poll: Cuts to Minneapolis police ranks lack majority support

City residents overwhelmingly support redirecting some police funding to social service programs, but fewer than half of support reducing the size of the police department, a new Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 poll found.


Poll: On policing, Minneapolis voters trust City Council more than Frey

Minneapolis residents view Mayor Jacob Frey more favorably than the City Council, but a larger share trust the council to make decisions about the police department, according to a Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 Minnesota Poll.