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

Welcome week student members assist new students.
Students could also encounter rowdier Sundays when the Minnesota Vikings play at TCF Bank Stadium. (08/26/2014)
Through the fair's 12 days, researchers from about a dozen departments will conduct 30 studies in an array of fields. (08/22/2014)
The new program will invest hundreds of thousands to help companies get a foothold. (08/20/2014)
Generation Next promises "many actions" and "no excuses." (08/18/2014)
Technology is behind many of today's student start-ups -- but being an entrepreneur can be more than making the next killer app. (08/04/2014)
Higher education officials say the number of applications is artificially high, and makes admission appear more competitive than it really is. (07/17/2014)
"Institutions in Minnesota, on average, are spending more than what we'd expect given the types of degrees that they produce, the disciplines of those degrees, the faculty attributes -- proportion of full-time / part-time faculty -- and the cost of living," a draft of the report says. (06/30/2014)
In the fall semester, the university community saw 26 robberies, including four on campus. Thats a 50 percent increase over the average autumn. (06/30/2014)
Minneapolis building officials are keeping an eye on the University of Minnesota Medical Center complex after yesterday evening's West River Road mudslide. More rain could further erode the slide site, which sits just 10 feet from the hospital's steam plant (06/20/2014)
It marks the first time that adjunct faculty at a private Twin Cities-area university have agreed to unionize, SEIU said, adding that Hamline instructors will join local 284. (06/20/2014)
College can be a hard course for anyone, but it's doubly difficult for students who must grapple with school and find a place to sleep each night. An estimated 2,500 Minnesota college students are homeless. It's a group largely unnoticed and unaided on campuses. (06/17/2014)
The state Office of Higher Education tracked -- for two years -- high school students who graduated between 2006 and 2011. The percentage who took developmental classes hovered around 30 percent. (06/01/2014)
Since 2010, the number of blacks in the U of M's graduate and professional programs has dropped more than 15 percent to 428. (05/30/2014)
The new planetarium will fill a gap created more than a decade ago when the planetarium at the old Minneapolis Public Library was demolished, said Steve Birke the Bell's advisory board chairman. (05/21/2014)
The U of M is among five public universities whose administrative spending has most outpaced spending on students and faculty, concludes the Institute for Policy Studies. University officials call the report "extremely flawed" and "misleading." (05/19/2014)