James Eli Shiffer

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Secrecy Rules: A continuing series in the Star Tribune in 2017

March 25th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Secrecy is emerging as a reflex at all levels of government in Minnesota and across the nation. Mounting demands for corporate confidentiality, individual privacy and security have dramatically restricted the public’s right to know. Lobbyists representing local governments, law enforcement and businesses are chipping away at Minnesota’s public records law. State legislators have added hundreds […]

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Now available: The King of Skid Row

March 4th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Just published by the University of Minnesota Press, my new history of Minneapolis’ vanished Gateway District. It launched April 7, when I read at the opening of an exhibit of Gateway photographs at the Mill City Museum. Learn more about the book, watch the video and see media coverage here.

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Recognition for the “Full Disclosure” column

July 6th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

My Star Tribune column, Full Disclosure, marked its one-year anniversary in May 2015, and I was pleased to be recognized by the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists by receiving the Peter S. Popovich Freedom of Information Award. As I told attendees at the awards ceremony last month, I’m grateful to work at a news organization […]

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Extremely advanced publicity for “The King of Skid Row”

June 25th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Earlier this year, Coffee House Press’s tumblr, In the Stacks, published an interview with me about the research for my upcoming book, “The King of Skid Row,” which is currently in production at the University of Minnesota Press and is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2016. I’m grateful to Jay Peterson for showing […]

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“When nurses fail” – a Star Tribune investigation

November 17th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

My latest project is editing Brandon Stahl’s investigative series on how Minnesota disciplines nurses who violate standards of practice. The project features a searchable database of the more than 1,000 disciplinary actions that were the core of Stahl’s research. The series has already triggered a Legislative hearing and state action against up to 107 nurses whose criminal […]

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