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

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While zero tuition at two-year schools sounds enticing, some ask if it's the best way for Minnesota to help more low-income students finish college and fill the workforce. (01/28/2015)
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities officials have made four out of five targets set by lawmakers. (01/25/2015)
Gov. Mark Dayton wants to fund the hiring of 50 researchers for the University of Minnesota Medical School over the next eight years. (01/21/2015)
University of Minnesota student leaders are looking into a potential rule that would require their peers to give some form of "yes" before having sex. (01/12/2015)
Despite the popularity of the freeze among students over the past two years, its success isn't assured. (12/30/2014)
Swanson said students and their parents often can't get straight answers from banks and loan-servicing companies about the terms of their borrowing. (12/30/2014)
Officials initially told the school that a suspect in a robbery inside Hornbacher's grocery store was heading in the direction of campus. (12/29/2014)
More than 2,600 foreign undergraduates attended the Twin Cities campus last year, a jump of more than 400 percent over the past decade and far beyond the 50 percent growth seen nationally. (12/22/2014)
The rewards of a bowl appearance are split among all the schools in the Big Ten. (12/19/2014)
Lawmakers set the goals after a December 2012 Wall Street Journal report said the university was top-heavy with management. (12/11/2014)
MnSCU's chancellor envisions a network of innovative campuses with affordable degrees. But some fear that will turn colleges into stripped-down diploma factories. (11/17/2014)
Rape and other violent subjects can kindle painful memories, some student leaders say. They're encouraging professors to accommodate students when class work ventures into disturbing territory. (11/04/2014)
John Coleman wants more career preparation, research opportunities and alumni support for students. (11/01/2014)
Trustees of Minnesota's state-run campuses could soon approve all contracts above $1 million, instead of the current level of $3 million. (10/23/2014)
A U.S. Department of Defense tuition-assistance program has put Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business on probation. (10/20/2014)