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

Globe University
A U.S. Department of Defense tuition-assistance program has put Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business on probation. (10/20/2014)
American Indians and supporters
The National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media contends the Vikings are violating their contract with the University of Minnesota. (10/16/2014)
The Board of Regents has signed off on a planned $60 million campus on 10 acres. (10/10/2014)
Halfway through the September to November reporting period, campus police have received seven reports of robberies, including one on campus. (10/09/2014)
Despite early concerns the light rail would boost crime and accidents around the University of Minnesota, school officials say the school year began pretty well. (10/08/2014)
With the NFL team based the nation's capital set to arrive early during Native American Heritage Month, the university plans to discuss mascots and logos. (10/03/2014)
A proposed resolution is asking the athletic department to drop its new bundling practices, and is asking for refunds for those who bought unwanted football tickets. (10/02/2014)
University officials plan to move programs in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning to other areas. (09/30/2014)
Rasmussen College plans a $24,000 bachelor's degree that would allow it to compete with public universities. (09/26/2014)
Results from summer focus groups suggest many male students don't fully understand consent. (09/21/2014)
The derailment appears to have damaged overhead lines that power the trains. (09/20/2014)
After several years of skyrocketing college tuition, students and their families are finally starting to see some relief. (09/12/2014)
The St. Paul school says it's coming out ahead financially, and is better positioning itself as a viable alternative to public universities, which are traditionally seen as less expensive. (09/12/2014)
U leaders say they're confident lawmakers will provide more than $65 million to avoid tuition hikes of 3 percent for undergraduates and 3.5 percent for graduates. (09/11/2014)
New efforts and outreach are helping ease the transition for transfer students coming to the University of Minnesota, a group often very different from traditional freshmen with needs that haven't always been met. (09/03/2014)