Marisa Helms

Marisa Helms

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
mhelms@mpr.org

Helms is a metro-area reporter for Minnesota Public Radio. Her beat focuses on St. Paul and nearby suburbs. Helms' work includes election and campaign reporting, city hall, human-interest stories, and the cultural and economic challenges facing St. Paul's neighborhoods. Helms joined Minnesota Public Radio in 1999 from WDET-FM in Detroit where she covered health care issues in Detroit's underserved and minority communities. In 1998, Helms was an observer during a 10-day humanitarian aid mission to Iraq. Her radio series about the trip won a 1998 Associated Press award for news documentary. Helms got started in public radio at KQED in San Francisco, reporting for KQED's statewide magazine, "The California Report." She has a bachelor's degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a master's degree from San Francisco State University. Helms is past president of the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. As a board member and former chapter leader, Helms helps provide professional development for local journalists and advocates for protecting First Amendment rights. Helms was also a Fellow of the RIAS-RTNDF journalism program, where she spent three weeks in Europe studying the European Union and Germany's economic and political systems.

Marisa Helms Feature Archive

A delegation from St. Paul's Hmong community will head to Thailand later this month to investigate the desecration of hundreds of Hmong graves in that country. (09/14/2007)
Smile
Thousands of children in St. Paul will get free or low-cost dental checkups this year. The care doesn't come from a government program, but from a partnership between businesses and nonprofit groups. (09/13/2007)
The St. Paul City Council dealt a fatal blow Wednesday night to a mega-retail and housing development project proposed for the city's riverfront. In a 5-2 vote, council members rejected the zoning changes necessary for the $1 billion Bridges of St. Paul project to go forward. (09/05/2007)
St. Paul residents will see a tax increase anywhere from 7 percent to nearly 15 percent next year. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says the tax impact on city residents lies in the hands of Gov. Tim Pawlenty and state lawmakers. (08/14/2007)
For the people who watched the tragedy unfold on their television sets, Tuesday night's National Night Out in Minneapolis proved to be a way for some residents living by the river to express their grief and hopes for healing the city. (08/08/2007)
Commuters are heading into their second day re-routed onto an emergency detour around the I-35W bridge that collapsed over the Mississippi River Wednesday. (08/02/2007)
One of the most horrifying images from the bridge collapse may have been the sight of a yellow school bus stranded on a section of the bridge. Dozens of Minneapolis school children were returning from a field trip when the bridge fell. (08/02/2007)
OSHA is looking at whether Lametti and Sons' safety procedures were adequate to prevent the deaths of two sewer workers who drowned last week. (08/01/2007)
The feral cat population is exploding in the Twin Cities metro area -- it's estimated at one million animals. Now the city of St. Paul is looking at a new approach to try to reduce those numbers. (07/18/2007)
St. Paul police are blaming gangs for a spike in shooting incidents over the past two weeks. The shootings have prompted sparring between the police union and the mayor's office over staffing levels. (07/13/2007)
The city of St. Paul is teaming up with the Smiles Across Minnesota coalition to offer dental service to the city's low income children. The coalition is a partnership among Delta Dental of Minnesota, Children's Dental Services, the United Way and 3-M. (06/28/2007)
A dispute over energy is building in St. Paul. A company that city officials consider one of the best employers in town says it needs to build a new power plant. But a vocal group of people who live nearby is raising concerns about the environmental and health impact of a power plant in their neighborhood. (06/28/2007)
Minneapolis police and community members are asking people to come forward with any information about the killing of 14-year-old Charez Jones. Jones was leaving a party in north Minneapolis Saturday night when she was shot and killed. Police say they're following leads, but so far, have made no arrests in the case. (06/11/2007)
St. Paul police say they're on their way to cleaning up a big drug problem downtown. On Wednesday, officials announced that they've arrested and charged 20 people and expect to pick up another 80 in the coming days. (06/06/2007)