Alex Friedrich

Alex Friedrich

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
afriedrich@mpr.org


Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Before joining MPR in 2010, he was a Pioneer Press reporter for almost four years. He also worked as an investigative reporter and wrote about K-12 and higher education for five years for the Monterey County Herald in California. He lived in Europe for a decade, studying in Germany and Great Britain, and covering the post-communist transformation of the Czech Republic for The Prague Post. His work has appeared in USA Today as well as various American and European newspapers and trade publications. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. His toughest assignment, however, was eating nothing but food on a stick for the 12 days of the 2006 Minnesota State Fair. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master's in European political economy from the London School of Economics. He prefers to settle disputes over cutthroat games of Risk.

Alex Friedrich Feature Archive

The assault occurred in a residence hall on the East Bank of campus between 12:45 and 1:30 a.m. Sunday, according to an alert released by police. (05/05/2015)
University of Minnesota Duluth
The school is bracing for further cuts after two years of budget problems. (04/29/2015)
Dan Markingson and his mother, Mary Weiss
The story of Dan Markingson has become a case study in some college courses, and appears to bolster faculty and alumni concerns that the scandal has stained the university's reputation. (04/23/2015)
Dr. Charles Schulz, who led the psychiatry department for 16 years, is stepping aside following tough critiques of the way the department handles vulnerable patients. (04/09/2015)
Annette Parker was accused by a former adjunct instructor of copying others' work while earning her doctorate at Western Kentucky University. An inquiry determined she did not commit plagiarism. (04/08/2015)
After criticism that the initial cost was too high, Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, announced a revised proposal to make community and technical colleges free for selected Minnesota students. (04/07/2015)
Weaker students would do better taking classes with the rest of the student body while getting extra help on the side, some lawmakers say. (04/07/2015)
The University of Minnesota hopes the Legislature will fund a second two-year tuition freeze. But Eric Kaler on Thursday cautioned that student costs must rise eventually. (04/02/2015)
The four-year waiver enables state officials to continue alternative achievement and improvement plans in place of a one-size-fits-all federal standard. (03/31/2015)
Officials say video indicates Jennifer Houle "entered the river" from the 10th Avenue Bridge Friday morning. No suspects are being sought. (03/30/2015)
The University of Minnesota has stopped enrolling test subjects in 17 drug studies pending an external review. Additional recommendations are expected in May. (03/27/2015)
Attorney General Lori Swanson said Globe University and Minnesota School of Business made thousands of illegal, unlicensed student loans. She also expanded on allegations the schools inflated job placement rates. (03/20/2015)
A state legislative audit has found that the University of Minnesota ignored "serious ethical issues" and failed to adequately protect a mentally ill man during a U clinical trial in 2004. (03/19/2015)
Dr. Brooks Jackson hopes to restore the University of Minnesota Medical School's national prominence. After a year on the job, however, it's clear his mission will not be easy. (03/18/2015)
The system lost almost $44 million last year, or a little more than 2 percent of the MnSCU budget. (03/17/2015)