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.


After rule change, businesses rush to install security shutters

From small retailers to corporate giants, property owners are rushing to take advantage of a new ordinance in Minneapolis that allows them to use retractable metal shutters and roll-up gates to protect their assets.


Many in Red Wing upset after City Council fires police chief

Council members said the chief undermined social justice efforts. But the mayor says the firing was a mistake.


Diane Fridley Norman, ad account executive and arts advocate, dies at 71

Though she rarely acted on stage after college, Diane Fridley Norman always knew how to put on a show.Whether she was pitching a new advertising…


Torched in riots, Highland Plaza is up and running again in Minneapolis

After an eight-month hiatus, Cost Cutters and three other tenants reopened last week.


Businesses still waiting for Minneapolis to come through with demolition help

Instead of promised funds, Mpls. has threatened some owners of ruined properties with hefty fines.


Meet the immigrant-owned businesses coming back from the brink on Lake Street

Highland Plaza is home to several immigrant-owned businesses, all of whom plan to reopen.


How a Lake Street shopping center is rebuilding after riots

Workers are erasing the scars left by one of the most turbulent weeks in Minnesota history.