Reporter | Religion, Faith & Values

Jean Hopfensperger is the religion, faith and values reporter for the Star Tribune. She focuses largely on religious trends shaping Minnesota and the nation. 

A veteran reporter, Hopfensperger has covered religion, philanthropy, immigration, the state legislature, human services and Central American issues. Before joining the Star Tribune, she worked for several years in Central America, reporting on conflicts for U.S. newspapers such as The Christian Science Monitor. She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota focusing on international politics and U.S. social policy.


Minnesota's 30 Days of Prayer seeks spiritual insights into police, political problems

30 Days of Prayer encourages people to grieve "multiple layers of trauma."


'Crisis mode chaplains' seek to heal trauma of Floyd's death

More than 100 Minnesota faith leaders have fanned out at events ranging from State Capitol protests to food distributions to a Juneteenth celebration. They serve as compassionate listeners, helping hands and tension diffusers in stressful situations.


Mounds View man charged with child sex abuse

A Mounds View man has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child under age 13 for alleged sex abuse when he worked…


Mpls. nonprofit to give surprise boost to Lake Street businesses

Urban Ventures pivots from food relief to business stipends and more to help replenish, repair and rebuild.


St. Cloud Diocese declares bankruptcy

The Diocese of St. Cloud filed for bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Monday, just weeks after reaching a $22.5 million settlement with clergy abuse survivors.The…


American Indian patrol in Minneapolis credited with saving buildings during violence

Community groups offer thanks to American Indian patrols that saved more than 20 businesses and nonprofits from protest violence.


Exhausted Minneapolis citizen patrols still wary, but seek a calmer path forward

A week out from the height of the violence, a fragile calm is descending as neighbors reach for a new normal.


In Minneapolis, a quiet army of generosity gains strength

The sheer scope of support, pouring in from Minnesota and the nation, has surprised and relieved exhausted Minneapolis communities.


Minnesota church attendance starts slowly this weekend

Many Minnesota churches opened their doors to smaller than expected crowds Sunday, and most didn't open at all, facing COVID-19 safety concerns and civil unrest…


Minnesota churches reopen this weekend with excitement, questions in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

Many Minnesotans relish a return to church, while others still unsure of safety.