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 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
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)
In a state that pioneered the charter school movement, the two Twin Cities unionized charter schools stand out. Whether those votes mark a new era for the state's teacher's union is up for debate. (06/30/2014)
The legislative session is over, and DFLers are back in their districts talking up their accomplishments, including efforts to reduce the funding gap between urban and rural school districts. (06/20/2014)
According to the survey, Franken leads all of his potential Republican opponents by double digits, including his most likely challenger Mike McFadden. In that match-up, Franken has an 11 percentage point advantage with 49 percent to McFadden's 38 percent. (06/17/2014)
Now that the well-funded businessman Mike McFadden has won the GOP endorsement to challenge Sen. Al Franken, a broader coalition of national donors and political groups may throw their weight behind the former investment banker. But this influx of cash could give Franken a compelling reason for Democrats to give to him. (06/05/2014)
In preparation for this weekend's state political conventions, bone up on the candidates vying for party backing. (05/30/2014)
Democrats and Republicans hold their state conventions this weekend, but most of the drama will come from the Republicans in Rochester as GOP contenders line up to try to take on Democratic Sen. Al Franken and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. (05/30/2014)
Sen. Al Franken has joined the chorus of lawmakers calling for Veterans Affairs chief Eric Shinseki to resign. Franken is among a small but growing number of Senate Democrats calling for Shinseki's ouster. (05/28/2014)