Paul McEnroe, executive producer of 5 INVESTIGATES, veteran journalist, dies at 69

Updated: June 04, 2020 09:13 PM
Created: June 04, 2020 04:54 PM

After a long and valiant battle with cancer, Paul McEnroe, the executive producer of our 5 INVESTIGATES team, died Thursday at the age of 69.


McEnroe was at his Stillwater home, with his wife and their family at his side.

McEnroe was a veteran journalist, first as a reporter for 35 years at the Star Tribune and then with us here at 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS since 2015.

McEnroe was well-known for his coverage of social justice issues, such as maltreatment of the voiceless and vulnerable, along with the issues of corruption, terrorism, and law enforcement.

McEnroe was also an adjunct lecturer at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities and the Duluth campus where he taught investigative and in-depth reporting.

He received his bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University and a Master's Degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. He was named an Ochberg Fellow by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University for his international coverage of victims of violence. He had been nationally recognized for his work, receiving honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Investigative Reporters and Editors organization, among others.

STAR TRIBUNE - Paul McEnroe, legendary Minnesota investigative journalist, dies at 69

Perhaps most notably, McEnroe was the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Grand Prize for Reporting on the Disadvantaged.

McEnroe is survived by his wife, Louisa D'Altilia, and their three children: Tess, Caleb and Alessandro.

McEnroe was always driven to make a difference. His reporting over the years certainly did, winning countless awards and touching many lives here in the Twin Cities.

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