Data Editor

Webster has journalism degrees from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Minnesotans are 'driving like crazy,' and it's killing people

Motorists surveyed say they are speeding more than ever, at the same time many law enforcement agencies are scaling back or even eliminating speed enforcement as they shift diminished staffs to more pressing law enforcement work.


Minnesota students' low test scores offer glimpse of pandemic challenges

New state data provides the first substantive look at how the pandemic disrupted learning. Fewer than half of Minnesota students are proficient in math, and reading skills have declined.


Minnesota identifies hundreds of schools in need of additional support

More information, including statewide test scores, will be released Thursday.


Two cousins with diverging fates show promise, failure of youth rehabilitation in Minn.

Each day, Minnesota judges and prosecutors make life-altering decisions about children who break the law. Most kids end up entangled in the county court system, but some youth are offered an alternative, known as diversion. A child's future can hinge on the path that is chosen.


Racial covenants found embedded in Ramsey County deeds

The research is far from complete, but the Mapping Prejudice group plans to launch a dialogue about the consequences of racial covenants in Ramsey County as it has in Hennepin County.


Did the Twin Cities population grow or shrink during the pandemic?

Two new datasets showing city-level population estimates give quite different results.


Census overcount of Minnesota's population may have aided political win

Data released Thursday helped explain how the state narrowly retained its last congressional seat.


How popular is your first name (or any other) in Minnesota?

Track the popularity of any first name in Minnesota over the past century.


Minnesota eviction filings soared in April

Court filings last month were not only higher than March, but far above pre-pandemic levels.


Minnesota's juvenile justice system failing youth, families, victims

A Star Tribune examination of hundreds of juvenile court records finds that the system is failing to effectively intervene in the lives of Minnesota's most troubled youth, often despite anguished pleas from parents.