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

Eric Otremba
At a rally Thursday, representatives from Macalester and Hamline said adjunct professors are a major part of the campus teaching force, and want a voice at work. Several described working long hours at multiple campuses with no job security, low pay and often no benefits. (04/24/2014)
Todd Hoffner
In early April, an arbitrator determined MSU Mankato had no grounds to fire Hoffner and said he should be reinstated. He recently returned to the head coaching job. (04/23/2014)
Bethel University
McCollum's efforts come after complaints by Bethel University and other schools that the federal formula that determines schools' health is deeply flawed. (04/20/2014)
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)
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)
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)