Reporter | Regional Team

Matt McKinney is a reporter on the Star Tribune's state team. In 15 years at the Star Tribune, he has covered business, agriculture and crime. 

McKinney graduated from St. John's University in Collegeville and spent the ensuing years chasing stories through Wisconsin, Rhode Island, and Cambodia. A Minnesota childhood taught McKinney to love winter, skiing, the first warm day of spring, good books and time spent outdoors. He benefited from great teachers at Stillwater High School, and again in Collegeville and at the University of Minnesota. He's a fan of several local breweries, Prince, Jessie Diggins, the Loons, and newspaper reporters near and far who taught him the craft. McKinney bikes to work year-round from his home in the Twin Cities, which he shares with his wife and two sons.


CEO of MPR's parent group tells the staff that he will step down

Jon McTaggart, president and CEO of American Public Media, informed employees in a memo.


Former University of St. Thomas student pleads guilty to making bomb threat

Three bomb threats alleged, all in 2019.


Maplewood hit-and-run victim's family offers reward for information

Choulykor Vue's family offered $20K for information leading to an arrest.


Corwin 'Corky' Peterson, who skied to North Pole at age 69, dies at 90

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The state has seen dozens of terrifying twisters over the years.


Ramsey County sheriff goes live online, but not everyone's a fan

The sheriff's Facebook livestream has rankled members of the Ramsey County Board and city leaders, who say they expect more.


Two teens arrested in Minneapolis carjackings, armed robberies

Two juvenile suspects captured, one by canine officer


Minnesota governor asks Trump and Biden to abide by virus rules during stops

Trump, Biden will be in Minnesota on Friday.


Stillwater school board fires finance manager Kristen Hoheisel

Dismissal comes after months of tension involving a land deal.


Oakdale business hit a second time by alleged bookkeeper fraud

Both former bookkeepers are facing theft charges for allegedly siphoning funds from the Oakdale business.