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

Metropolitan State University skyway
Too often, students say, they take classes at one campus only to find later that their new campus won't grant them the academic credit they expected -- forcing them to retake those classes at the new school. (04/14/2014)
A woman is zip-tied by Minneapolis police.
University of Minnesota leaders are warning students they'll have no tolerance for bad behavior Saturday night after the Gopher men's hockey Frozen Four championship game against Union College. (04/11/2014)
Apprentice at work
Over the past two years, state officials have rolled out proposals to strengthen Minnesota's vocational-technical network and improve the school pipeline to the workplace. Their efforts represent what some education leaders call a fundamental shift in how government and business are approaching vocational education. (04/02/2014)
The deal was reached after seven hours of talks on Monday night, the union said Tuesday morning. (04/01/2014)
A federal decision to allow Northwestern University football players to unionize will have little immediate impact on major universities like the University of Minnesota, but it could portend big changes down the road. (03/27/2014)
The measure would require schools to provide details on deaths, accidents and illnesses of students participating in sanctioned study-abroad programs. (03/21/2014)
Backers of the bill say high schools can tell students they can save money by earning college credit in courses they take on nearby campuses. But they say many of the schools don't. (03/16/2014)
Several hundred friends, family, and community members gathered at a funeral Saturday to remember five children who died in a Minneapolis house fire on Feb. 14. (03/01/2014)
The surge is part of a national movement that faculty say is caused by more federal funding, more sophisticated faculty and a growing realization that students need hands-on science education earlier in college. (02/27/2014)
The University of Minnesota-Duluth will cut up to $1.1 million in programs and services this spring in an initial round of budget reductions to help close a deficit of about $9.4 million over five years. (02/25/2014)
Alcohol sales at University of Minnesota stadiums could continue after a report came out showing the sales haven't caused an increase in police calls on game days. (02/09/2014)
Scholastica's vice president for strategic initiatives, Don Wortham, says the Duluth-based school has opened its first out-of-state site at a higher-education center in a suburb of Phoenix. (02/08/2014)
The move, a pilot project that started today, comes after a last semester's spike in robberies -- one of which occurred in the Carlson School of Management. (02/03/2014)
Last month after a spike in robberies -- which involved suspects described as black -- several African-American campus organizations asked the U to stop including references to race in the alerts. (01/30/2014)
MnSCU will need to produce a total of 50,000 bachelor's graduates in the metro area by 2025 to keep up with projected job growth. Many of the new students will be those who are not accepted to private colleges or the University of Minnesota or can't afford them. (01/22/2014)