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

University of Minnesota
Lawmakers couldn't agree in two of the five contests. (02/11/2015)
College classroom
The idea comes as legislators and the public express alarm over the high price of higher education and question whether colleges are providing good value for the money. (02/10/2015)
Police at Morrill Hall
Protesters demanded increased staffing for the Department of Chicano and Latino studies and the end of racial descriptions of suspects in campus crime alerts. (02/09/2015)
State Sen. Terri Bonoff asked for a delay after former Gov. Arne Carlson sent a letter expressing concern over the university's handling of patients in clinical drug research trials. (02/06/2015)
MnSCU trustees rejected a plea for Chancellor Steven Rosenstone's ouster from the union that represents faculty members unhappy with his "Charting the Future" plan. (02/04/2015)
Augsburg College received the donation for construction of its Center for Science, Business and Religion. (01/31/2015)
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)