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

Rep. Mike Freiberg, DFL-Golden Valley, says he would require people who don't want to give their children vaccines to consult a doctor first. (01/29/2015)
The state Senate backed disaster relief for parts of Minnesota damaged by heavy rain and flooding in June. Gov. Dayton said he'll sign it after it passes the House. (01/22/2015)
Faye Giese helps Jeanne Gunderson
Sensing a political shift at the Capitol, nursing homes in Minnesota are making a big push for new money this legislative session. (01/20/2015)
The Democrats' plan call for more than four times the amount of transportation spending proposed by House Republicans last week. (01/12/2015)
These politicians will have an outsized influence at the state Capitol in 2015. Here's a quick look at who they are and where they're coming from. (01/02/2015)
The governor and legislators will have a chance to see how far they can stretch a billion-dollar surplus. (01/02/2015)
What to spend on transportation projects and where to find the money will be among the highest profile debates in the session that starts Tuesday. (01/02/2015)
It took Kurt Daudt only four years to rise from first-termer to House Speaker. Supporters say he has the skills to negotiate with the DFL without compromising GOP principles. (12/17/2014)
Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle said Tuesday that the Minnesota needs a reliable revenue stream to pay for the $6.5 billion in road improvements needed in the next decade. (The Daily Circuit, 12/09/2014)
The budget forecast will guide Gov. Mark Dayton as he prepares his budget plan and sets the tone for policy debates at the Capitol this spring. (12/04/2014)
State legislators likely will have to go back to the drawing board to adjust the financing plan for Mayo Clinic's expansion, one of the biggest economic development projects in Minnesota's history. (11/26/2014)
The Republican Party set its strategy months ago: to paint the powers that be in St. Paul as out of touch with rural Minnesota. (11/05/2014)
The DFL held its grasp of three statewide offices -- secretary of state, attorney general and auditor. (11/04/2014)
PoliGraph looked at how much more it would cost people to buy an entry-level plan on MNsure with the help of a subsidy. Here's the methodology behind the analysis. (10/30/2014)
MPR News ran more than 50 scenarios to test the Dayton administration's 4.5 percent claim about MNsure rate increases. (10/30/2014)