Curtis Gilbert

Curtis Gilbert

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
cgilbert@mpr.org


Curtis Gilbert covers the Twin Cities as a member of the MPR News metro reporting unit. He has worked for MPR since 2004 in a variety of reporting and producing roles. Curtis covered the 2008 election, and the historic U.S. Senate recount battle that followed. He was the founding producer of the nationally distributed American Public Media program Word for Word, and he spent three years working on MPR's Midday program. He was one of 10 American journalists awarded the 2007 Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, which sent him to Deutsche Welle radio in Bonn, Germany. When he's not at work, Curtis can often be found combing area thrift stores for bargains, cooking elaborate meals and playing cards. He grew up in central Maine and came to Minnesota in 1998 to study music and communication at Macalester College.

Curtis Gilbert Feature Archive

Ford Plant demolition
The former riverfront home of Ford Motor Company's Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul holds tremendous potential for redevelopment, Mayor Chris Coleman said Tuesday. (07/22/2014)
St. Paul Public Works employee Shavone Glaser
A memo from St. Paul Public Works suggests reduced street sweeping again next year, plus cutting residential street rebuilding and bike safety programs in order to find money to fix the roads. (07/17/2014)
While midnight fireworks were part of a prior deal with city officials, "the show that the fireworks vendor executed was louder and longer than what we were expecting. (07/15/2014)
An advisory board that includes officials from Eden Prairie, St. Louis Park, Hopkins and Minnetonka, on Wednesday voted to support the agreement, although several suggested Minneapolis is receiving special treatment. (07/09/2014)
The City of Minneapolis and the Metropolitan Council have struck a tentative deal that could allow the proposed Southwest light rail project to move forward. (07/08/2014)
The nearly $1.7 billion budget for the proposed Southwest Light Rail project includes a tantalizing pot of money for the cities along the line: a contingency fund estimated at about $300 million. (07/03/2014)
The city has until July 14 to vote on the project and has yet to schedule a hearing. It has been negotiating with the Metropolitan Council behind closed doors for the last two months. The parties have revealed little about the status of those talks. (07/02/2014)
The city of Minneapolis will need to find more money for a new downtown park now that Radisson has abandoned a planned hotel development nearby. (07/01/2014)
It's been a tough month for cities and counties around the state. "It was little different than a typical disaster," said Hennepin County's Eric Waage. "This has been just body blows coming in rapid succession." (06/30/2014)
Every city along the proposed line has until July 14 to vote on the project. Hopkins and Minnnetonka have already approved it. St. Louis Park and Hennepin County are scheduled to vote next week, Eden Prairie the week after that. (06/30/2014)
The fireworks were supposed to be part of the Taste of Minnesota festival, but flooding on Harriet Island forced the festival to relocate to Waconia -- 40 miles west. (06/30/2014)
Mayor Betsy Hodges has received at least two letters this week from lawyers representing groups based in the city's Kenwood neighborhood. One came from a condominium association concerned its buildings could be damaged by light rail construction. Another argues the Metropolitan Council is legally required to do an additional environmental review. (06/26/2014)
As evidence of progress, the campaign lists the creation of a task force on early childhood education, the Legislature's decision to allocate $21.5 million to rehab Nicollet Mall, and the legalization of "grocery trucks." (06/25/2014)
A U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist says most of the state is vulnerable to flooding at this point. Survey crews are out measuring river flows and stream gauges in the wake of the heavy rains that have caused flooding in many parts of the state. Here's an update on the impact of flooding around the state. (06/23/2014)
The diocese's latest release also details how the church responded to the allegations, most of which took place decades ago. Many priests were referred to counseling and treatment programs. Few faced criminal investigations. (06/23/2014)