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.

Teachers approve new contract in Anoka-Hennepin school district

The deal would use up most of district's share of a recent state boost in education funding.

Legislators want to hire experts to diagnose Minnesota's ailing child protection system

The proposal is one of several, including another pushing for a statewide child abuse hotline, in response to the Star Tribune's investigation that showed widespread problems.

Student hospitalized after stabbing at Minnetonka High School

The school says student was struck with an "art tool."

Tentative deal with teachers could result in staff cuts at Anoka-Hennepin

"Monumental" contribution from state not enough to fund raises at Minnesota's largest school district

Meltdown of prominent CPA firm comes amid crisis for Minnesota charter schools

One owner's theft led to the demise of The Anton Group, which worked for dozens of charter schools across the state, where there is a shortage of firms to help with finances.

Who should lead in protecting Minnesota's abused children?

A Star Tribune series exposed failings in the county-run child protection system, but advocates on Thursday cautioned against the problems of a state-run system.

Legislators seek ways to reform state's child protection system

The discussion about remaking the system comes after a Star Tribune investigation showing hundreds of Minnesota kids are harmed each year after being returned home.

Legislators vow to reform Minnesota's child protection system

"Tough questions need to be asked" about oversight, use of Family Assessment and funding for case workers.

'I could have lived a normal life': Minnesota child abuse victim says protection system failed her

There were 41 reports of abuse and neglect involving Jayma Lawson and her two siblings between 2004 and 2021. Just seven led to investigations. More than half resulted in no action or were referred to a controversial alternative pathway in the Minnesota child protection system.

Kay Emel-Powell, a real-life Betty Crocker, dies at 76

As a cookbook author, she developed and tested recipes for home cooks.