Jessica Mador

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
jmador@mpr.org
(651) 290-1216

Jessica Mador covers the Twin Cities as a member of the MPR News metro reporting team. She joined MPR News in 2007, moving to Minnesota from New York, where she got her start in journalism. Before discovering a love for public radio and launching a career in the radio news business, Jessica did a wide variety of other jobs, including a stint in public television documentaries, films and news. She worked in the commercial film industry and in New York politics and government. She also held down a long list of bartending, waitressing, truck driving and other very odd jobs over the years. All of this diverse experience comes in handy in the daily hunt for good stories. Jessica feels lucky to be able to make a living making radio.

Jessica Mador Feature Archive

Bridge to never?
A formal groundbreaking ceremony will be held Tuesday afternoon in Stillwater for the St. Croix Bridge project. Work is already underway on the project, which will cost between $580 million and $676 million. (05/28/2013)
Boaters who use the St. Croix River this summer will notice a new no-wake zone near Oak Park Heights. MnDOT is preparing a worksite in the river as part of the St. Croix Bridge project. (05/26/2013)
Metro Light Rail
Minnesota lawmakers passed a so-called "lights-on" bill for transportation this session, which doesn't include either a gas tax increase or a metro sales tax increase for transit. The bill passed without the new revenue many transportation advocates had hoped to gain for a long list of transit projects and road improvements. (05/21/2013)
Among the most prevalent health conditions reported by post-Sept. 11 veterans are hearing loss and tinnitus. (05/20/2013)
Data obtained by MPR News from the Department of Veterans Affairs show a dramatic increase in chronic back, neck, hip, knee and shoulder injuries over the past decade. Some of these injuries are caused in combat or by the dangerous jobs soldiers do overseas. But some injuries are caused by the very equipment meant to protect soldiers from harm. (05/20/2013)
The Met Council Thursday officially amended its Transportation Policy Plan to include light rail for the planned Bottineau transitway. (05/08/2013)
The Senate Tax Committee voted Wednesday to strip out tax increases from the transportation finance bill. (05/08/2013)
The Twin Cities metro area is experiencing the lowest rental housing vacancy rate in about a decade. The tight market and rising rents are making it difficult for people to find cheap apartments. The trend is unsettling for people who feel they are being priced out of the city and pushed further into the suburbs. (05/02/2013)
An art exhibit opening tonight in Minneapolis is the culmination of more than two years of teaching military veterans to express themselves through art and resolve difficult emotions stemming from past conflict or trauma. (04/26/2013)
Authorities in Scott County say no one was hurt in an explosion and fire at a biomass energy power plant in Shakopee. (04/25/2013)
Minnesotans woke up to yet another April morning of scraping snow and ice off their windshields, and braving another snowy commute to work. The cold non-spring is affecting people and businesses around the Twin Cities. Will we ever get to enjoy the outdoors? (04/23/2013)
A Minnesota contractor has filed a federal lawsuit against the state Department of Transportation to stop the St. Croix Bridge project. (04/22/2013)
The Senate Transportation Finance Committee approved a spending bill Wednesday that would change the way the state collects the gas tax to pay for roads and bridges. (04/17/2013)
The House Transportation Finance Committee Monday approved a bill that would allow all counties to impose an optional half-cent sales tax and a $10 annual vehicle registration fee to pay for infrastructure improvements. The bill would also boost funding for greater Minnesota transit. (04/15/2013)
The Minnesota House Transportation Finance Committee is expected to vote Monday on a transportation spending bill that would allow all counties to impose a half-cent sales tax and a $10 annual vehicle registration fee to pay for infrastructure improvements. (04/15/2013)