Reporter | Investigations

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 no federal mandate, large Minn. employers consider vaccine requirements

Employers with diverging camps in their workforces — the vaccine hesitant and the exposure averse — will now have to choose their battle.


Minnesota chief justice apologizes for strain with board overseeing state's legal-industry watchdog

Supreme Court justices reset limits for the board that reviews the state's Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility.


Pandemic drives Carlson family out of namesake business

The family gave up its stake in Carlson Travel Co. and related businesses as part of a court-approved bankruptcy restructuring.


More leave Minnesota's lawyer disciplinary office amid morale concerns

The state agency director's contract is up for renewal as a former manager calls the office "dysfunctional."


Twin Cities car market battles empty lots, high prices, waits

New-car shortages are pushing prices higher for all vehicles, and dealers are turning to used cars to keep the wheels turning.


Turnover, court intervention roil state agency that oversees lawyers

A rift between the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility's oversight board and the Minnesota Supreme Court now threatens the credibility of the agency charged with upholding integrity within the legal profession.


Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison wants to crack down on settlement abuses

AG Keith Ellison wants Minnesota to guarantee that anybody who wants to sell part of their court settlement would be represented by an attorney.


Scrutiny helps accident victims get better deals when selling settlement payments

In Washington, D.C., those seeking lump sums get legal aid — and better deals result.


Accident victims hounded to sell their payouts — again and again

Firms go to great lengths to find people who are receiving settlement payments, swamping them with checks, calls and ads even after they've agreed to sell. For these companies, the payoff is high.


Minnesota lawmakers vow to fix 'predatory' accident settlement practices

Accident settlement deals would face new scrutiny under Minnesota reforms.