Robert Boos

Robert Boos

Associate Editor, Online News
Minnesota Public Radio
rboos@mpr.org

Robert Boos is an online news editor for MPR News. Robert favors extremes, and that's what influenced him to move to the Twin Cities from Arizona where he grew up and never experienced a "real" winter in his life. A journogeek, Robert worked at The Arizona Republic newspaper and taught online journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism Communication at Arizona State University. He has a master's in geographic information science and a bachelor's degree in journalism from ASU. He hates the word "No." He loves world travel, SCUBA diving, mountain biking, desert hiking, GPS, GIS, road trips, backpacking, technology, spicy food, MPR, PBS, foreign films, new places, the Sonoran sun, the Mexican moon, ocean waves, fútbol, walking dogs, anything death-defying, deadlines, working hard, staying up too late, getting up too early, and good, strong coffee.

Robert Boos Feature Archive

A study on how an open pit copper-nickel mine could change the landscape just north of the town of Hoyt Lakes will be released in a 1,800-page environmental impact statement available on Dec. 6. This map shows the locations of proposed sites for the PolyMet and Twin Metals copper-nickel mines northern Minnesota. (12/02/2013)
This chart displays beer production by the top ten Minnesota craft producers for years 2006 to 2012. The chart compares production by Summit (Minnesota's top producer) against the next nine top producers in the state. (11/22/2013)
Filling out ballots
Voters in Minneapolis will elect a new mayor, city council and park and recreation board today. In St. Paul, there's an election for mayor. And there are more municipal elections around the state. Here's the best of our coverage leading up to the polls opening, and election resources to help guide you to the ballot box. (11/05/2013)
Here are some election resources to help guide you to the ballot box when Minneapolis goes to vote on Tuesday. (11/01/2013)
Since 2007, at least 23 young Twin Cities men have left for the Horn of Africa, allegedly to take up arms in Somalia's civil war. Authorities believe the men joined al-Shabab, a ruthless and radical Islamic militia group vying to topple Somalia's weak transitional government. Here is what we know about these men. (09/25/2013)
Why is the Southwest Light Rail Transit project in such a mess? Transit planners are weighing what many consider to be two bad options. (09/11/2013)
The 2013 Minnesota State Fair set new records for attendance. This chart shows attendance over the 12 days of the fair, ending on Labor Day. (09/03/2013)
The Rochester City Council recently voted to share its sales tax revenue with 17 small towns in southeastern Minnesota. The allocation comes after Rochester voters last fall to approve an extension of the local sales tax. The city will distribute $5 million to help support economic development projects. (06/27/2013)
A charts shows dramatic differences in the role that guns play in the deaths of white and black Minnesotans. (04/24/2013)
A side-by-side comparison of gun control bills currently being considered in the Minnesota Legislature. (04/09/2013)
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has not yet announced whether will seek re-election yet. So far he doesn't even have a challenger. The only other candidate has dropped out. In the seven years since Coleman took office St. Paul has experienced higher property taxes, benefited from modestly lower crime, and spent public money to re-invest in the city's downtown. (03/18/2013)
No ice is ever completely safe, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Two-hundred thirty-four people in Minnesota have died in ice-related accidents since 1976. View an infograph to see where incidents have occurred. (02/25/2013)
Cargill has approval from the federal government to resume ground turkey production at its plant in Springdale, Ark. (08/17/2011)