Reporter | Minneapolis City Hall

Miguel Otárola is a reporter covering Minneapolis City Hall for the Star Tribune. He previously covered Minneapolis' western suburbs and breaking news. He also writes about immigration and music on occasion.

Otárola moved to Minneapolis in 2016. Born in Chile and raised in Arizona, he graduated with a master's in communication from Arizona State University. He is obsessed with music, listening to and reading about music from across the spectrum, digging at local record stores and writing a music newsletter. He is the proud caretaker of a black cat named James Blake.


Park Board overstated homeless camped out in Powderhorn

Powderhorn survey finds 282 campers, well below the Park Board's estimate.


After George Floyd's death: Who does 38th and Chicago belong to?

The question comes as South Side residents begin to brainstorm what they hope will become a permanent memorial while considering the area's past and future.


Minneapolis Park Board narrowly votes down plan to restrict encampments

Small encampments have shown up in about 35 park locations, including one in front of the superintendent's home at Lyndale Farmstead Park.


Minneapolis Park Board leaders to homeless: You can stay

The Park Board's pledge was a response to growing camps in Powderhorn Park.


Minneapolis firefighters blast city's response to fires, unrest

They want to know why more firefighters or other cities weren't called in to help.


In wake of 'multiple crises,' Minneapolis officials vow better communication

Mark Ruff, the city coordinator, vowed to restore trust with the public.


Homeless evicted from former Mpls. hotel after drug overdose

The sudden evacuation marks the second time in recent weeks that large numbers of homeless people have been forced to leave a temporary site.


Movement to defund police sees Mpls. as proving ground

They may differ on what it means to dismantle or defund the police. But the idea has gained momentum across the country, with activists asking people to redefine public safety without armed, uniformed officers of the law.


Volunteers turned former Sheraton Hotel in Minneapolis into sanctuary for homeless

The hotel is now a 24/7 operation housing more than 200 homeless residents.


Park Board votes unanimously to end working with police in Minneapolis

It was the latest partner to pull out of relationships with the embattled department, joining the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Public Schools, museums and a host of other venues.