Data Editor

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


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.


Minnesota's graduation rate dipped slightly in 2021, but Black students see gains

State education leaders say the pandemic led the class of 2021 to face unprecedented challenges in crossing the finish line.


Hennepin, Ramsey counties show population declines in 2021

State demographer says early retirements and college disruptions due to COVID-19 played a role.


These are Minnesota's top greenhouse gas polluters

About 100 facilities in Minnesota generate about 25% of the state's total greenhouse gases.


Ethanol's clean air benefits clouded by greenhouse gas emissions

Corn ethanol's per-gallon carbon output shrinks, but greenhouse gas from plants remains high.


Minn. 2021 death toll well above expected total despite vaccine

More than 5,000 COVID-19 deaths in the state last year account for most of the increase.


Twin Cities homebuyers flocked to these neighborhoods in 2021

The most dynamic neighborhood in Minneapolis for home buyers last year was in the northeast corner of the city, according to the Star Tribune's Hot Housing Index.