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

The four-year waiver enables state officials to continue alternative achievement and improvement plans in place of a one-size-fits-all federal standard. (03/31/2015)
Jennifer Houle missing flier
Officials say video indicates Jennifer Houle "entered the river" from the 10th Avenue Bridge Friday morning. No suspects are being sought. (03/30/2015)
U officials face Senate questioning
The University of Minnesota has stopped enrolling test subjects in 17 drug studies pending an external review. Additional recommendations are expected in May. (03/27/2015)
Attorney General Lori Swanson said Globe University and Minnesota School of Business made thousands of illegal, unlicensed student loans. She also expanded on allegations the schools inflated job placement rates. (03/20/2015)
A state legislative audit has found that the University of Minnesota ignored "serious ethical issues" and failed to adequately protect a mentally ill man during a U clinical trial in 2004. (03/19/2015)
Dr. Brooks Jackson hopes to restore the University of Minnesota Medical School's national prominence. After a year on the job, however, it's clear his mission will not be easy. (03/18/2015)
The system lost almost $44 million last year, or a little more than 2 percent of the MnSCU budget. (03/17/2015)
State lawmakers from both parties have introduced dozens of bills responding to worries over the rising price of college and the struggles of graduates trying to pay off student loans. (03/17/2015)
Proposed legislation would give campuses more decision-making authority in selecting their presidents and would require MnSCU leaders to disclose their contracts with outside consultants and justify centralization efforts. (03/09/2015)
Last week, a review of the university's human research practices criticized the school — and, in particular, its psychiatry department — for not doing enough to protect vulnerable adults in its research. (03/06/2015)
The 11-member Board of Regents sets high-level policy at the University of Minnesota, and oversees its president. (03/05/2015)
Campus committees would get at least some of the decision making power in MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone's "Charting the Future" plan under the proposed deal. (03/03/2015)
The leaders of South Central College and Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical deny they plagiarized their doctoral dissertations. (03/02/2015)
The review grew out of faculty concern that the university's reputation has been "under a cloud" because of lingering questions over the 2004 suicide of university drug-trial patient Dan Markingson. (02/27/2015)
Lawmakers couldn't agree in two of the five contests. (02/11/2015)