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.

With half of losses not covered, gutted businesses plead for help

In the 5-mile stretch of Minneapolis that sustained the heaviest destruction, uninsured losses among local small-business owners are at least $200 million, according to the Lake Street Council.

58 Minnesota firms with political connections received large PPP loans

State officials defended their participation in the program, noting they followed all of the rules and used the money as it was intended.

'What are they waiting for?' owners of riot-damaged businesses ask

Owners still struggling to rebuild share their frustrations over the failure to pass legislation that would have put much-needed cash in their hands.

How Bremer Bank churned out $1.5 billion in PPP loans

Though technology drives the industry, Bremer bet on the value of human contact.

Wells Fargo donates $400M to assist struggling minority businesses

The bank will donate PPP fees to help small businesses owned by Blacks and other minorities.

Find which Minnesota companies received money from Paycheck Protection Program

Nearly 14,000 employers in Minnesota hauled in at least $150,000 from the federal program.

Minn. breweries, golf courses, law firms get $1M-plus in loan help

The forgivable loans from the federal Paycheck Protection Program can mean "the difference between a not-very-good year and a disastrous year," a brewery leader says.

Minnesota employers got $11.2 billion in emergency pandemic aid

132 employers in Minnesota, from private schools and law firms to restaurants, received at least $5 million.

Despite aid, Minnesota small businesses brace for bleak times

Most small-business owners have already run through the money they received from the federal Paycheck Protection Program. With a slow summer looming, some say their businesses may not survive until 2021 if they don't get more help soon.

Upended by COVID-19, Wayzata florist got federal loan ... then the wait started

Though Liz Mattingly should have received her money in 10 days to jump-start her floral business, her PPP application stayed in limbo for 2 months. Here is one loan story.