Bob Collins

Bob Collins

Writer, MPR News Cut
Minnesota Public Radio
bcollins@mpr.org

Bob Collins writes the News Cut blog for MPR News. He joined MPR in 1992. He served as broadcast editor and coordinated MPR's political coverage until 1999, when he was asked to direct MPR's foray into online journalism. He previously was vice president of programming for Berkshire Broadcasting Company in Massachusetts, and national desk editor at the RKO Radio Network in New York. He also was editor at WHDH in Boston, where he received the Edward R. Murrow Award for his investigation into the Boston mob scene. Bob is a private pilot and is building his own airplane.

Bob Collins Feature Archive

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson now appears to be contrite, based on an interview he gave to USA Today. (11/21/2014)
Mayor Betsy Hodges
The Internet moved into full-on parody mode Friday after KSTP reported on Mayor Betsy Hodges flashing what the story called "a known gang sign." Here's what you need to know about the story -- and the backstory. (11/07/2014)
The National Basketball Association has announced a $24 billion deal with ESPN and TNT to broadcast regular season and postseason games. That could -- and let a person dream here for a second -- allow fans to watch games online that are otherwise blacked out to protect the cable TV rights. (10/06/2014)
For one night, the game was perfect. For one night, there was crying in baseball. (09/26/2014)
In a New York Times Magazine essay, Chuck Klosterman calms your nagging voice that says it's unethical to watch the sport even though you have problems with it. (09/07/2014)
You probably don't have to wonder whether your local Home Depot store was one of the ones where credit card information was stolen by, presumably, Russian hackers. It was, Brian Krebs, the online security expert says. (09/03/2014)
The Minnesota court today overturned a lower court ruling that tossed out the blood drawn from Derek Stavish of Sartell, who was driving drunk in June 2012, and crashed his truck, killing an occupant. (09/02/2014)
Two women and 11 children were among those who died at the hands of government forces so we could have decent working conditions. It was the Ludlow Massacre. (09/01/2014)
Especially in his frenetic appearances on late-night TV, it was difficult watching Robin Williams. Anyone who has battled depression or had a loved one tortured by it knew that his genius came from a dark place. Depression and genius sometimes goes hand in hand and the challenge to those who fight the illness is dampening one without curtailing the other. (08/12/2014)
"The two players who were trying to defeat [Rory] McIlroy extended him the ultimate courtesy that in the end helped him beat them," USA Today's Christine Brennan writes of last night's PGA championship. (08/11/2014)
Protesters confronted police in Ferguson, Mo., where a police officer shot to death an unarmed teen who allegedly had struggled with the officer. (08/11/2014)
The four year old daughter, Raudhatul, was swept onto an island, found by a fisherman, and raised with the name Winni by the fisherman's mother. (08/08/2014)
"In the current era of partisan gamesmanship and governmental gridlock, it's understandably difficult to comprehend what a genuine constitutional crisis feels like," David Hawkings writes on his Roll Call blog. (08/08/2014)
Twin Cities comedian Mike Brody protests Kevin Love's trade to Cleveland. (08/08/2014)
"We're proud to be part of a community that does not tolerate this kind of humor," Christopher Johnson, the Center's executive director, said. (08/08/2014)