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

Dan Markingson and his mother, Mary Weiss
More than a decade after the suicide of a man in a University of Minnesota drug trial, the U is promising changes to better protect research subjects. Critics remain skeptical. (05/26/2015)
UofM students
It's still not a sure thing, however, that Gov. Mark Dayton will sign the bill. (05/19/2015)
A University of Minnesota advisory panel has recommended that U of M add personnel, boost training and increase oversight of researchers to better protect human subjects. (05/18/2015)
Dr. Stephen Olson acknowledges some errors but says he's pleased a review panel cleared him of allegations he coerced patients. (05/15/2015)
Dr. Charles Schulz has been at the center of the university's crisis surrounding human test-subject protection. (05/15/2015)
From humble beginnings in segregated North Carolina, Bobby Bell soared in college and pro football, and achieved business success. Today, he fulfills a lifelong promise by earning his degree. (05/14/2015)
The University of Minnesota has apologized to Robert Huber for not disclosing important information about the antipsychotic drug he was testing. (05/11/2015)
The report is the third this year to reveal dysfunctions in the university's psychiatry department. Critics suspect many of those problems were linked to the death of a mentally ill research subject during a drug trial in 2004. (05/11/2015)
Dorothy Duran was one of two Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system presidents accused of plagiarism by a former MnSCU adjunct instructor. Both were exonerated. (05/08/2015)
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)
The school is bracing for further cuts after two years of budget problems. (04/29/2015)
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)