Reporter | St. Paul and St. Paul Neighborhoods

James Walsh is a reporter covering St. Paul and its neighborhoods. He has had myriad assignments in nearly 30 years at the Star Tribune, including federal courts and St. Paul schools.

"A St. Paul native, Walsh lives in St. Paul with his wife and two cats. He has two adult children. He graduated from the College of St. Thomas, where he was named the top journalism graduate by the Society of Professional Journalists, before beginning his career with stops at the Mankato Free Press and the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Walsh has covered local government, local schools, local and federal courts and even spent some time writing about farming and medical technology. A former college football player and semi-pro coach, he enjoys reading history and following the Vikings, Gophers and Tommies.


Can bars and COVID-19 coexist? Mankato might have the answer

What happens in the city's drinking establishments over the next several weeks could have a real impact on the size and scope of an expected second wave of the coronavirus.


Don Hartzell, longtime principal at North Branch Elementary, dies at 86

Each morning for more than 25 years, a beaming Don Hartzell greeted his students as they poured through the front doors of North Branch Elementary…


Ryan Cos., Xcel Energy plan large solar array for St. Paul's Ford site

6-acre array, nearby plant could generate power for thousands of homes.


Emotions run high at Minneapolis protests

A crowd of several hundred gathered in downtown Minneapolis for two back-to-back protests calling for an end to police brutality and racism.


Shrine to George Floyd could be permanent at 38th and Chicago

Neighbors and community leaders are discussing ways. Possibilities include a traffic roundabout, a peace garden or perhaps a sculpture.


Legal developments bring hope that calm is returning to Twin Cities

The buses have started again, with plans to restart light-rail service Thursday, even as curfews have been extended until Friday morning.


Floyd's family applauds charges against four fired Minneapolis officers

And at the area where Floyd was pinned under an officer's knee, flowers and a mural now memorialize him.


Thousands gather in St. Paul to protest George Floyd's death

Summit Avenue was swarming with thousands of peaceful protesters Monday afternoon as they demanded all four officers involved in the killing of George Floyd be jailed and prosecuted.


Police arrest 150 Sunday night; driver who pushed into crowd is in custody

Hundreds in downtown Minneapolis ignored the curfew and were met with police lines and tear gas. Earlier, officials warned of continued arson attacks, after several caches of flammable materials were found in neighborhoods.


Mike Freeman faces new challenge in case against Derek Chauvin

Freeman attempts to succeed a second time at what has been an exceedingly rare result — convincing a jury to convict an officer of murder.