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

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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)
Kurt Daudt at post-election press conference
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)
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)
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)
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)