James Eli Shiffer

Stories in words and pictures since 1967

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Secrecy Rules: A Star Tribune investigation of restrictions on the public’s right to know (2017)

The King of Skid Row: A book about a storied chapter in Minneapolis history, as told by one of the city’s most interesting characters (University of Minnesota Press, 2016)

Full Disclosure: A blog and column devoted to public records, data, accountability and true stories

A Cry for Help: I edited this project about fatal encounters between police and the mentally ill. It won the Al Nakkula Award for the best police reporting in the nation in 2016.

Rubbed Out: the murder of Arthur Kasherman, journalist. In collaboration with Ewen Media, an experiment in digital history that tells the story of a Minneapolis newspaperman whose unsolved 1945 changed the fortune of a city. Winner of a Page One Award (First Place), Best Use of Multimedia (2011), and a regional Emmy for interactivity. (2010)

Whistleblower, the Star Tribune’s destination for grassroots investigative reporting. (2008-2014)

13 Seconds in August, an interactive archive of victim stories from the Interstate 35W bridge collapse. Winner of a National Headliner award for journalism innovation, a regional Emmy and an EPpy award for best special feature in a web site. (2007)

When nurses fail, a Star Tribune investigation into Minnesota’s oversight of nurses who violate standards of care and practice (2013)

Young and armed, a multimedia investigation by the Star Tribune of youth gun violence in the Twin Cities (2013)

The ballad of 2717 Penn Avenue North, a blog chronicle of the history and decline of a single home in north Minneapolis, culminating in the video of its demolition. (2007)

At The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C.

The Durham News, a weekly newspaper in Durham, North Carolina, that I helped move from concept to publishing in three months. (2005)

The Peterson Trial, supervised a team of reporters covering a nationally-televised murder trial in Durham, N.C. (2003)

Into the Swamp, a wild excursion to the Great Alligator Swamp in Eastern North Carolina. (2000)

Sea Changes, a bicycle trip up the North Carolina coast that pissed people off the whole way. (1999)

The River Chronicles, a 16-day canoe journey down a shunned river in North Carolina. (1998)

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