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

Some news operations have developed partisan ties.
As traditional sources of revenue for news dry up, some Minnesota news operations are developing stronger ties to partisan donors and political operatives. (07/27/2015)
Dinkytown protest
The historic designation applies to the heart of Dinkytown, which includes the Loring Pasta Bar and the Varsity Theater. (07/11/2015)
Bernie Sanders
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders railed against the nation's income gaps on Thursday and told a Rochester, Minn., crowd those gaps would worsen under the GOP. (07/02/2015)
Republicans said Minnesotans will be shocked to see what commissioners are receiving and predicted Democrats will pay a political price at the polls. (07/01/2015)
Since 2007, the bank has supported more than 200 Minnesota businesses and helped create $3 billion in state exports. Caught in a political dispute, its charter expires today. (06/30/2015)
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has named Doug Loon as its new president. He takes on a role long held by Dave Olson, who died last year. (06/29/2015)
Republicans are softening their rhetoric about the science behind climate change. Instead of stating their own disbelief in human-caused climate change, they cite a small minority of skeptical scientists. (06/23/2015)
From transportation to housing, Minnesota House candidates from both parties made big promises to voters outside the metro area during the 2014 campaign. Many went unfulfilled. (06/16/2015)
A deal between Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP leaders sets pre-K aside. But it will deliver more money to school districts that already offer free pre-K, something many parents want. (06/02/2015)
A Minnesota House vote to uphold the state's ban on Sunday liquor sales won't deter consumers and political groups opposed to the ban. Activists vow to push for repeal again. (04/29/2015)
Met Council officials say a bill in the Minnesota House would require them to cut bus route funding by 8 percent in 2016, and make additional cuts in subsequent years. (04/15/2015)
Two in the GOP's libertarian wing are challenging incumbent Keith Downey for the party's top spot. There's plenty of intrigue leading up to the Saturday vote. (04/10/2015)
State Rep. Matt Dean wants to shift people from MinnesotaCare to MNsure to find money for Republican priorities that include nursing home funding, and mental and dental health programs. (03/16/2015)
The state's projected $1.9 billion budget surplus could take some of the steam out of the governor's plan to increase a fuel tax -- but some Democrats say the tax is necessary to fund long-term transportation projects. (03/05/2015)
Republicans and DFLers are at odds about what to do with the windfall. Gov. Dayton wants more pre-kindergarten spending. The GOP is eyeing tax relief. (02/27/2015)