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.


Bystanders scrambled to rescue person in burning Mpls. pawnshop

The body discovered this week amid the rubble of a Lake Street pawnshop was the second known death during the riots.


100 push Minnetonka schools to take stand against racism

The district is "sweeping racial issues under the rug," one student said.


Minnesota leads nation in census response

Minnesota is upholding its reputation as a national leader in participating in the U.S. census, ahead of a regional push this week to remind Americans…


Is it true that Minneapolis has a park every six blocks?

When it comes to national rankings, the city regularly sits near the top for its park system, and this might be the reason why.


New Minneapolis voting center is ready for socially distant elections

Officials prepare for more ballots by mail, socially distant early voting.


In battered Minneapolis, Frey faces 'my own failures'

After navigating one of the worst weeks in Minneapolis history under national scrutiny, the first-term mayor now must chart a path toward reform.


Before nightfall, Minneapolis residents debated what was safer: staying or going

From hoses to garbage cans, residents across the Twin Cities prepared Saturday for destruction reaching their neighborhoods.


A Minneapolis neighborhood expresses sadness, fear, resolve

They saw the stores they relied on for groceries and supplies smashed and burned. They saw fires that had smoldered for hours.


How do food scraps get recycled in Minnesota — and how good are we at it?

Residents can now recycle food scraps at the curb in more than 40 cities, either in an organics bin or special bags tossed in the trash.


Minnesota Poll: Majority support mailing ballots to voters

A majority of Minnesotans support a proposal to mail ballots to every registered voter in the state, a measure aimed at addressing fears that the…