Reporter | Investigations

Jeffrey Meitrodt is an investigative reporter for the Star Tribune who specializes in stories involving the collision of business and government regulation. 

Previously, Meitrodt was an investigative reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He also covered the Illinois statehouse for the Chicago Tribune. He grew up in southeastern Minnesota and graduated in 1984 from the University of Minnesota with a degree in journalism. He has won national journalism awards for his reporting on public corruption in Louisiana and Illinois, and for his coverage of corporate misconduct and educational disparities in Minnesota.


Wells Fargo offers down-payment help for first-time Twin Cities home buyers

NeighborhoodLIFT program provides coaching to first-time buyers and thousands of dollars in down payment assistance.


In Minneapolis, a parking dispute delays Chicago Avenue rebuilding project

Parking spaces almost derailed plan to expand dental clinic into former bookstore on Chicago Avenue until city reversed course


Pediatric neurologist Dr. Kenneth Swaiman dies at 88

In 1975, he published the first edition of what eventually became known as Swaiman's Pediatric Neurology, the most widely used textbook of its kind in the world.


Mpls. will spend $2M to speed up demolition of riot-damaged properties

Announcement follows complaints from business owners in wake of riots.


Merchants find path back after looting in north Minneapolis

More than half of the 51 businesses that were looted have reopened their doors, but merchants said the recovery of W. Broadway is going to take more time.


Appeals court ruling in Petters case may upend effort to return millions to victims

A three-judge panel's ruling means those who collected interest payments from Petters Co. may be able to keep the money.


Bids to demolish riot-damaged buildings stun property owners

Contractors acknowledge that prices for riot-related work are far higher than usual, but they said that is because government regulations require them to treat all debris from a burned-out building as hazardous.


Mpls. business owners wanting to protect their windows after riots face obstacle

A Minneapolis ordinance forbids external shutters, leading to protests from owners who say they need more security.


Minneapolis removes tax demand that was blocking rebuilding of riot-torn areas

Property owners said they couldn't move forward with clearing debris because of tax bills.


Mpls. keeps landscape of rubble as city wants taxes before permit

In St. Paul, officials have waived the tax rule so property owners can clean up.