Jon Collins

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

It's largely symbolic, since the city doesn't invest in fossil fuel firms. But a committee hearing on the matter drew many residents and students in support. (03/03/2015)
Uptown criterium
The summer bike race attracts about 50,000 spectators and 250 professional bicyclists to the region. There are six races scheduled over five days from June 17-21. (03/03/2015)
Getting a car out of the ditch
Blowing snow caused havoc Tuesday in parts of Minnesota. A mid-morning crash shut down Interstate 94 in Wright County. The State Patrol reported 150 metro-area crashes. (03/03/2015)
Declining passenger numbers are leading Allegiant to end scheduled flights from Duluth to Las Vegas. The service, which began in 2006, will end Aug. 18, airport officials said. (03/02/2015)
A baby western lowland gorilla was born at St. Paul's Como Zoo last week. The infant appears to be strong and healthy, zoo officials said Monday. (03/02/2015)
The driver had gotten out of his cab following a fender bender Monday morning. (03/02/2015)
Despite slippery conditions and a new fee, 11,200 people took in Wisconsin's Lake Superior ice caves over the weekend. The weather is likely to shut the caves by March 17. (03/02/2015)
Minnesota's ice dam removers are being greeted in Boston 'like Santa Claus.' (02/26/2015)
Pilots say they don't want to strike but that they earn well below industry standards. Negotiations began in 2010. Federal mediators have been involved since 2012. (02/25/2015)
Descriptions of suspects will still be included when they help identify a potentially dangerous suspect. (02/25/2015)
MnDOT estimates the number of state roads in poor condition will increase by 75 percent by 2025 if no changes are made. (02/24/2015)
A leading expert on al-Shabab said the video it posted encouraging attacks on the Mall of America could be a ploy to regain international attention. Minnesota's Somali community leaders condemned the call for attacks. (02/23/2015)
There is growing concern that the drug's distribution remains too limited and that not enough people know about it. (02/23/2015)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported partially snow-covered roads on Friday morning in all but the southwestern corner of the state. (02/20/2015)
One snowkiter says the feeling of being dragged across the ice and snow while attached to a kite is euphoric. (02/18/2015)