Catharine Richert

Catharine Richert

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
crichert@mpr.org


Catharine Richert covers politics for MPR News, and writes PoliGraph, a fact-checking feature that gets behind the spin in Minnesota politics. She has also contributed to MPR News coverage of the federal health care overhaul. Richert joined the MPR newsroom in 2011 after finishing a master's degree at the U of M's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Previously, Richert worked for PolitiFact.com and Congressional Quarterly, where she covered the U.S. Senate, the 2008 presidential election and agricultural policy. She earned two writing awards for her coverage of the 2007 farm bill debate. Richert has completed two journalism fellowships, including one in Vienna, Austria, where she followed the European Union's debate over biofuel imports. She is originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina and completed her undergraduate degree at Oberlin College in Ohio. Those four years in the Midwest were poor preparation for Minnesota's winters, which she is learning to love through cross-country skiing and good humor. She lives in St. Paul with her husband and son.

Catharine Richert Feature Archive

The House floor
An MPR News analysis finds the GOP, DFL and their allies spending a lot more money on House races than on the high-profile governor's race. (10/28/2014)
Candidate Stewart Mills and Rep. Rick Nolan
Here's a look at some of the political ads flooding the airwaves this campaign season, and whether there's any truth behind them. (10/28/2014)
Candidate Stewart Mills and Rep. Rick Nolan
Independents and other swing voters may decide who wins the district. But many are turned off by attacks from groups backing incumbent DFL Rep. Rick Nolan. (10/22/2014)
Neighboring districts in west-central Minnesota may help decide control of the House. With a few weeks to go before the election, the money's pouring in. (10/15/2014)
The two candidates are benefiting from a sophisticated network of donors and committees that have flourished in the wake of recent legal decisions. (09/30/2014)
DFLers hope to keep control of the Minnesota House, and both parties are pouring a lot of money into the races. (09/24/2014)
Democrats say they can no longer take the northeastern part of the state for granted. (09/21/2014)
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is criticizing 8th Congressional District Republican candidate Stewart Mills for saying he would scrap the Affordable Care Act, including parts that both sides support. (08/29/2014)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar stopped by the MPR News State Fair booth this week to talk about beer, guns and the economy. But her answer to a question about student loan debt stood out to PoliGraph. (08/22/2014)
Billy Czerwinski isn't old enough to vote, but the seventeen-year-old Minnetonka High School student created Americans for a Better Yesterday, Tomorrow for a school project on campaign finance laws. He wanted to show just how easy it is to establish a super PAC -- and just how unregulated the fundraising entities are. (08/21/2014)
Three influential Republicans are trying to push aside the GOP pick for the right to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton this fall. (08/12/2014)
As it was in 2012, the race for Minnesota's 8th Congressional District is expected to be one of the most hotly contested in the country this year. (08/08/2014)
As Minnesota becomes more diverse, schools across the state are facing a shortage of teachers of color. Some school districts want to change that, mindful that the success of their students depends on it. (07/31/2014)
Most teachers get benefits now through their union contracts. But figuring out which newly eligible employees meet that 30-hour-per-week threshold is difficult because so many work part-time nine months out of the year. (07/18/2014)
Mary Cathryn Ricker will leave her current post as president of the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers, to become the vice president of the America Federation of Teachers. (07/14/2014)