Jon Collins

Minnesota Public Radio

Jon Collins is a reporter for MPR News. Before joining MPR, Collins was an editor and reporter at the Minnesota Independent. He was also the editor of the Southwest Minneapolis Patch and a legislative correspondent for the American Consolidated newspaper chain in northeast Minnesota. Jon received degrees in history and journalism from the University of Minnesota, where he also worked as a projects reporter for the Minnesota Daily. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Jon Collins Feature Archive

Public health officials say the risk for contracting West Nile virus appears to be much lower this year. (08/22/2014)
Spokesperson Judy Jacobs said no one was injured -- the flagger was able to jump out of the way before the cars crashed. (08/22/2014)
Police say an 11-year-old boy has been struck by a vehicle while walking along a street. (08/22/2014)
Officials say road closures in the area are due to police activity but have not elaborated. (08/22/2014)
Campaign aims to recruit people to protect pollinators. (08/21/2014)
To kick off Jeni Haler's official duties, she will sit in a refrigerated cooler for six hours while a 90-block of butter is sculpted in her likeness. (08/21/2014)
The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that evidence obtained illegally may not be used to deny a civil complaint against seizure of property. (08/21/2014)
Lawyers hope the three lawsuits will gain class-action status. (08/20/2014)
Kelly Phillips was gunned down Aug. 11 outside an Arden Hills gas station. (08/20/2014)
Team will pay an undisclosed amount to gay-advocacy groups. (08/19/2014)
A group that criticizes racism in sports has dropped an effort to force the Warroad, Minn., school district to change its name and logo after the local American Indian community objected to the change. (08/19/2014)
The number of traffic fatalities is still lower than at this time in 2013. (08/18/2014)
Law enforcement officials warned that anyone aiding the suspect or concealing his whereabouts could face up to 20 years in prison. The Ramsey County Attorney's Office said it will press charges against those found to have helped him. (08/15/2014)
A Thursday evening vigil meant to honor the 18-year-old killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri turned into a protest after Minneapolis officers in at least six squad cars detained a young woman who attended the event as she walked outside carrying a sign. (08/15/2014)
The Minnesota Security Hospital, which houses patients committed for being mentally ill or dangerous, has been wracked by findings of patient neglect and allegations of administrative chaos. A report released in May contained internal interviews with employees, who said they feared for their safety because of new policies on how to deal with patients. (08/14/2014)