Paul McEnroe, Investigative Executive Producer
“Shine a light into dark places. It’s a core tenet of investigative reporting but the mission goes far beyond holding institutions and the powerful to be accountable and transparent. Digging deep and embarking on tough reporting projects is a public service mandate that the 5 Eyewitness News Team embraces everyday on behalf of all Minnesotans as they go about their lives. We are committed to providing a vast array of resources to produce investigative and in-depth stories that combine old-school, shoe leather reporting with the most current technology. Beyond the interviews, we examine documents, mine for data and analyze huge amounts of information. It’s the kind of journalism you should expect – not hope for. At 5 Eyewitness News, our pledge is to dig out tough stories that provide you with the most accurate information to make critical decisions. We are driven to make a difference.”
Prior to joining 5 Eyewitness News in October, 2015 as Executive Producer for Investigations and Special Projects, Paul worked as a reporter at the Minneapolis Star Tribune starting in 1980, While at the newspaper, he spent more than 35 years working as an investigative reporter and specialized in coverage of social justice issues, maltreatment of the voiceless and vulnerable, federal law enforcement, drugs, gangs, uncovering corruption and, most recently, coverage of terrorism. He’s been working as a journalist for nearly 40 years.
Paul has a Master's Degree in Journalism from Michigan State University and a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Michigan 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; and he received a Mastery Certificate from the Harvard University Program in Refugee Trauma, stemming from his reportage in the Iraq War, the Gulf War, and the conflict in Bosnia-Croatia.
Paul is nationally recognized for his deep body of work. He is the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Grand Prize for Reporting on the Disadvantaged and has received awards from the Investigative Reporting & Editors Organization (IRE) and the Society of Professional Journalists (the Bronze Medallion-Investigative Reporting). His reporting on corporate corruption resulted in receiving a Gerald Loeb Award for outstanding coverage of business journalism. He was honored by The American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) for in-depth writing under deadline pressure from the war zone in Kuwait.
Paul has been 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 enjoys (sometimes not) long-distance running and swimming, wilderness camping in the Boundary Waters and white-water rafting throughout the Rockies and the Grand Canyon, travel and gardening. He lives with his wife, Louisa D'Altilia, in Stillwater. Together, they have three children.
After a long and valiant battle with cancer, Paul McEnroe, the executive producer of our 5 INVESTIGATES team, died Thursday, June 4th at the age of 69. Paul passed peacefully at his Stillwater home surrounded by his adoring wife and his three loving children. Paul was a veteran journalist, first as a reporter for 35 years at the Star Tribune and then with us here at 5 Eyewitness News. Paul taught us all to “Be Relentless & Find a Way”.
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