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.


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…


Ramsey County ends oversight of St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese over clergy sex abuse

Archbishop pledges to continue initiatives to prevent clergy sex abuse of children.


Minnesota researcher reveals day in the life of a Catholic bishop

The Rev. Stephen Fichter presented the findings last week during a lecture at St. Mary's University in Minneapolis.