Alex Friedrich

Alex Friedrich

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio


Alex Friedrich reported 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

A year after African-American students at the University of Minnesota complained they were being racially profiled, new chief Matthew Clark pledged to foster good ties between campus police and the university community. (07/22/2015)
Student consumer advocate Betsy Talbot
The state Office of Higher Education has been sending out "secret shoppers" to see whether colleges are dealing honestly with prospective students. (07/09/2015)
UofM students
The increases range from 1.5 percent for resident undergrads at the Twin Cities campus to 7 percent for out-of-state students. (06/24/2015)
Two dozen University of Minnesota faculty members believe someone committed tax fraud using their personal information. The U can't explain it but says it's not connected to university operations. (06/24/2015)
A state review of industry-sponsored University of Minnesota psychiatry department drug trials found no research subject deaths beyond one previously reported but concluded some researchers inadequately disclosed problems. (06/18/2015)
Officials Wednesday backed a tuition freeze at Minnesota's two-year colleges and 3.4 percent hike for regional universities. They also discussed how to cover a future $21 million budget gap. (06/17/2015)
The two schools had hoped for a green light from the American Bar Association this summer so they could start fall semester fully merged. (06/16/2015)
Students at Minnesota's community and technical colleges could see an even better tuition deal than the one they've received over the past two years. (06/15/2015)
McNally Smith College of Music will begin turning its students into music entrepreneurs, so students can create their own gigs instead of waiting around for music jobs to open up. (06/15/2015)
The plan contains dozens of changes designed to strengthen oversight of research and prohibits university researchers from taking money from companies while conducting research for them. (06/12/2015)
Dr. Charles Schulz, a key figure in the University of Minnesota's crisis over human test-subject protection, said the retirement decision was his and the controversy played little, if any, role. (06/11/2015)
A University of Minnesota plan to strengthen protections for human research subjects will cost $5.5 million to start and $2.3 million a year for the next several years. (06/09/2015)
The report by the Chronicle of Higher Education compares pay for more than 200 colleges and university leaders. Kahler receives $610,000 or $182,000 above the national average. (06/08/2015)
State lawmakers withheld 5 percent of funding from the MnSCU and University of Minnesota systems until they meet a handful of targets, among them increasing graduation rates and cutting costs. (06/01/2015)
Students at Minneapolis Community and Technical College will be guaranteed admission as juniors to Augsburg College if they maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher. (05/29/2015)