Jon Collins

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
jon.collins@mpr.org


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

A volunteer checks the back room to help a guest.
Minnesota's rate of volunteering is still higher than in other states -- but it is falling. (12/18/2014)
Police clear the scene of a shooting.
Authorities have confirmed the identity of one of the men who died Wednesday in a string of incidents that included an apparent killing at a Maple Grove rest stop and a fatal police shooting. (12/18/2014)
Police begin to clear the scene of a shooting.
An apparent killing at a Maple Grove rest area early Wednesday led to a police chase that ended with officers killing the suspect. (12/17/2014)
The latest lawsuit by the former Minnesota governor claims HarperCollins is profiting from defamatory references in a book by Chris Kyle, a deceased Navy SEAL. (12/16/2014)
Backers say the effort will help fill the growing demand for high tech workers in Minnesota. Tuition costs $12,500. Applications are due Jan. 22 (12/15/2014)
In a memo Thursday the U.S. Department of Justice said American Indian tribes can legalize marijuana in their territories as long as they follow the same conditions required of states that have legalized the drug. (12/12/2014)
Cyclist Greg LeMond has released a new book called "The Science of Fitness." (12/12/2014)
Duluth-based Bent Paddle Brewing has settled a lawsuit alleging that a logo used on some of its beers infringed on the trademark of a Vermont-based brewery. (12/12/2014)
Traffic was backed up on westbound Interstate 94 on Friday morning after an accident in the Lowry Hill Tunnel. (12/12/2014)
But St. Paul's data in the U.S. Conference of Mayors Task Force on Hunger and Homelessness report indicates that shelter capacity in the city is currently stretched to the limit. (12/11/2014)
The state is setting up a system to manage the medical marijuana program, which will track patient outcomes to help guide prescriptions in the future. (12/11/2014)
The renovation will transform the busy four-lane street by adding protected bike lanes, wider and buffered sidewalks, medians and left-turn lanes. (12/10/2014)
Assistant Chief Cherie Penn says the fires are unrelated. (12/09/2014)
"The public needs to see us as more transparent," Roseville Police Chief Rick Mathwig told MPR News' The Daily Circuit. (12/08/2014)
The State Patrol says a truck driven by Fidencio Ramirez Rojas lost control and hit a Chevrolet Malibu headed in the opposite direction on Highway 12 shortly after 6 p.m. (12/08/2014)