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.


Minn. health officials hope for no virus spike after Labor Day

After seeing Minnesota's COVID-19 case numbers jump following Memorial Day and July 4th, state officials hope to avoid a repeat after this holiday weekend.


Front-line workers deal with fears, unhappy customers

Five months into the pandemic, front-line workers wage a wearying fight to safely do their jobs without the refuge of working from home. While others around them have grown COVID-fatigued, they work to stay vigilant.


Uptick in Minnesota vaping-related lung injuries linked to dangerous additive

Vitamin E acetate, often used as a thickening agent in cosmetics, is also added to THC to make it appear more substantial.


COVID-19 surge in young adults a challenge for contact tracers

More than 924 COVID-19 cases this summer have been tied to two dozen bars and restaurants. The median age in those cases is between 23 and 24.


New CDC guidance one factor among many for decisions about Minnesota schools

The governor is expected to make an announcement Thursday.


Gerald Snyder, who led Chisholm High band for 30 years, dies at age 81

In 30 years of teaching band and choir at Chisholm High School, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who heard Jerry Snyder raise his voice.…


Ryan Cos. holds virtual groundbreaking for Highland Bridge, new name for Ford site

Developer of 122-acre site announced additional development partners.


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.