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

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)
The Duluth News Tribune reports that administrators are considering a philosophical shift away from closing schools for the entire day when there's a storm -- they lost 8 days of school last year -- and, instead, start school two hours late. (08/08/2014)
Daniel Sarles doesn't consider himself a "biking guy," at least by Minneapolis standards in which bicycling is a religion. "I liked biking, but that wasn't my main mode of transportation before. It's an upgrade and a commitment to living with a bike." (08/06/2014)
Sometimes the world just needs a little video of a surfing pig. (08/06/2014)
Becky Hammon is in her final season -- her 16th -- with the WNBA San Antonio Stars and will move to the NBA team coaching staff for the upcoming season. (08/05/2014)
In North Carolina, a restaurant has added a 15 percent discount to the bill if the wait staff sees you praying over the food. Meanwhile, some restauraunts started adding a minimum wage charge to its meal tickets. (08/05/2014)
The Economist has pored over the data in a new survey of cities and found a few interesting differences within states. (08/04/2014)
Knoblauch, who earned the ire of Twins fans when he demanded a trade out of Minnesota when the team fell on hard times, is accused of punching his ex-wife. (07/24/2014)
The Minnesota city is the only metropolitan area in the north to make the top-10 list of happiest cities. (07/24/2014)