Reporter | Politics and Government

Rochelle Olson is a reporter on the politics and government team.

Olson has covered St. Paul and Minneapolis City Halls, Ramsey and Hennepin county governments as well as courts and state government. Before joining the Star Tribune in 2000, Olson worked for eight years with the Associated Press in Kansas City, Topeka, Charleston, W.Va. and St. Paul. She has a master's degree from the University of Kansas and a bachelor's from Hamline University. She grew up in Bloomington. She loves to swim and do yoga.


Hot Dish 7.12.24

Plus: Legislative Auditor calls out Walz administration's "shoot-the-messenger" approach to fraud concerns.


Hot Dish 7.12.24

Legislative Auditor calls out Walz administration's "shoot-the-messenger" approach to fraud concerns


She wrote about Taylor Swift and Don Lemon. Her 'Long Island Compromise' could be the book of summer

FICTION: A New York family endures more than its share of trials in Taffy Brodesser-Akner's satiric successor to "Fleishman Is in Trouble."


Sen. Nicole Mitchell's court hearing pushed back as she challenges arrest on burglary charge

Her defense attorneys seek medical records from Mitchell's stepmother.


Hot Dish 6.28.24

Reviews: Disappointing, devasting, historically bad debate performance


Becker County judge denies request to release footage of Sen. Mitchell's arrest

Conservative website Alpha News asked for early release of police bodycam video of her April arrest.


Minnesota horse track owners upset about appointment of tribal leaders to Racing Commission

Walz says Melanie Benjamin and Johnny Johnson are professionals who can handle the work.


Minnesota Gov. Walz says flood response will be swift

The governor spoke from the state's emergency management operations center amid historic flooding with more rain on the way this week.


Hot Dish 6.21.24

Walz heads north to survey the rising waters


Former Minnesota corrections employee says he was fired after exposing punishment scheme

Whistleblower lawsuit alleges retaliation because he stood up for inmate rehabilitation over profits.