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.


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.


Citing compassionate release, federal judge cuts Duluth inmate's sentence due to COVID

The prisoner, from Roseville, served three months before released.


Mother of Floyd's daughter speaks out; thousands crowd Capitol

With their daughter by her side, Roxie Washington struggled through emotion to share that Floyd's life was more than his final moments.


George Floyd's brother says family has 'a long road ahead to justice'

In a raw, heartbroken appeal for peace following his brother’s death, Terrence Floyd on Monday stood near the spot where George Floyd was held to…


Restored Stillwater Lift Bridge to open to bicyclists and pedestrians on June 1

The extensive renovation was part of the $646 million project that built the new motor vehicle bridge to the south.


'Flash looting,' more fires break out in St. Paul as unrest spreads

Looting and fires were reported on University Avenue in the Midway district. An East Side shopping mall also was hit.


Mayor Frey calls for peace as looting, flames erupt around police station

State Patrol troopers moved in to help with growing looting, and the mayor said he asked the governor to consider calling in the National Guard as violence turned deadly.


St. Cloud Diocese to file for bankruptcy, pay $22.5 million to abuse survivors

Payments, bankruptcy plan to be filed with court in coming weeks.


Demolition of fire-damaged St. Mary's Church in Melrose begins

Four-year preservation effort ends with razing.


Stillwater considers ordering up outdoor eating zones to help restaurants

To help restaurant and bar business, city might allow special areas for takeout.