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.


1,500 shut down freeway briefly to protest Ethiopia's treatment of Oromo

The Oromo, the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, are engaged in a conflict with that country's government.


MPD officers filing for PTSD disability at unprecedented levels, their attorney says

He said 150 Minneapolis police officers out of a sworn force of 850 have contacted him to start filing paperwork, a majority of them for symptoms of PTSD.


Why is Minnesota the last state with 3.2 beer?

Low-alcohol 3.2 beers specially made for grocery stores are a dying breed. But efforts to overturn the 3.2 restrictions have been opposed by liquor stores and interest groups.


New St. Croix River Crossing Loop Trail has Stillwater going round and round

The new trail was finally completed this spring with the reopening of the historic Lift Bridge.


Man who shot at SWAT team in Spring Lake Park arrested in similar incident June 26

A man using a high-powered handgun outfitted with a scope fired several shots Monday afternoon at an Anoka County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team during a…


Stillwater police investigating report of racial harassment on downtown street

Mom, with 4-year-old, posted the incident on Facebook and it has since gone viral with thousands of views.


Senate candidate Jason Lewis warns against calls to 'defund' Mpls. police

Senate candidate renews support for law enforcement at the burned-out Third Precinct police station.


Longtime Maplewood nature center may close for good

Mayor wants to create task force to explore private partnerships.


Stillwater school superintendent dismissal reflects district divide

Superintendent dismissal pits rural areas against the rapidly growing suburbs.


Hundreds take Floyd protests to AG's office, U.S. Bank Stadium

For many, Friday's protests in St. Paul and Minneapolis were just one of many that they've attended this week in response to the killing of George Floyd.