James Eli Shiffer

Stories in words and pictures since 1967

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I believe in the power of┬ástories to make people’s lives better. I’ve been a reporter and editor for more than 20 years, with a passion for narrative and investigative reporting. Since December 2005, I’ve been an editor and reporter at the Star Tribune, Minnesota’s largest daily newspaper. I also write about local history, and I’m a board member of the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information. Before coming to Minnesota, I spent 12 years as a reporter and editor at The News & Observer in North Carolina. You can contact me at james.shiffer [at] gmail.com or @jameselishiffer.

About “The King of Skid Row”

WCCO-TV interview, April 2016.
Podcast, coverage and gallery from Minnesota Public Radio interview, May 2016.
Streets.mn podcast with Bill Lindeke, November 2016.

About Whistleblower:

What works: the Star Tribune’s Whistleblower, David Brauer, Minnpost, March 19, 2009
Neighborhood Watch
, Mary Lynn F. Jones, Presstime, March 2009
Resolution: To spend more time digging, Nancy Barnes, Star Tribune, January 3, 2009
A fistful of dollars, Malte Herwig, Cicero magazine, January 2009 (German only).

About Rubbed Out:

Star Tribune’s Whistleblower digs into muckraker’s murder 65 years later, David Brauer, Minnpost, March 8, 2010
Who rubbed out Arthur Kasherman? Noir, the Star Tribune and a senior thesis combine for multimedia storytelling, Andrea Pitzer, Nieman Storyboard, March 12, 2010

Other mentions:

Discovering Family, John Carlin, Prologue: Journal of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1996

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