Reporter | St. Paul and St. Paul Neighborhoods

James Walsh is a reporter covering St. Paul and its neighborhoods. He has had myriad assignments in more than 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.


Meet the man who resuscitated St. Paul's Grand Old Day street festival

Chris Jensen, a mortgage specialist, wanted "to bring some joy back to St. Paul." The festival attracted an estimated 200,000 visitors last year.


Old guard of St. Paul's historic W. 7th neighborhood seeks to connect with newer residents

Oldest neighborhood in city becoming younger, wealthier and less connected to bedrock organizations.


Irish pub? Sushi bar? Meet the Grand Avenue chef who can do it all

Noe Frausto ran Saji-Ya for years. Then the bosses asked him to add Emmett's. No problem, he says.


St. Paul Taiko group beating the drum for state support so they won't be noisy neighbors

The group's Senate ally says bonding money is not likely this year. But TaikoArts Midwest says they'll keep fundraising for their new North End location.


Walker West Music Academy taking over Selby Avenue JazzFest

School's faculty and students also taking on bigger roles as performers.


Meet the woman working to keep German language and culture relevant to new generations

Jeana Anderson has led St. Paul's Germanic-American Institute for 18 years.


Macalester College chooses new mascot. It's a cow.

The St. Paul college is retiring 'Mac the Scot' and — after voting among students, alumni and others — replacing him with a Highland Cow.


Meet the affordable housing champion fighting for St. Paul's West Side

Monica Bravo knows something about housing insecurity. Now, the head of the West Side Community Organization is studying the displacement of families in the 1960s.


St. Paul neighbors working to upend St. Thomas arena construction

Opponents fear snarled traffic, air quality issues from thousands of cars.


Concerns about historic preservation delay wheelchair ramps at Como Park Conservatory

Work on the ramps now is expected to begin this summer at the popular St. Paul attraction.