William Wilcoxen

William Wilcoxen

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
wwilcoxen@mpr.org

Urban and rural influences alike are part of William Wilcoxen's reporting background. Born and raised in Chicago, Ill., William graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa in 1984. He was an intern in Minnesota Public Radio's St. Paul newsroom in 1985 and was hired as a reporter at the Minnesota Public Radio station in Collegeville the following year. He spent six years out there on the edge of the prairie where all the reporters are above average, producing stories about the people and events in Stearns County and the rest of central Minnesota. In 1992, he returned to St. Paul, where he has covered the city of St. Paul, sports, and labor and economic issues. These days, William is primarily a newscaster, although he still occasionally ventures out into the field for reporting duty. He is also a member of the Minnesota Public Radio bowling team and is known on the lanes by the pseudonym Wally.

William Wilcoxen Feature Archive

A lengthy journey
An Ely man and his fellow arctic adventurer are back from an unprecedented North Pole expedition. Tyler Fish and John Huston made a 55-day trek across the Arctic Ocean without any external help; skiing, snowshoeing, and even swimming their way to the top of the Earth. (05/12/2009)
The state Transportation Department reports 2008 was the deadliest year for Minnesota bicyclists since 2000. Thirteen bicyclists were killed in traffic accidents -- up from four the previous year. (05/04/2009)
Air ride suspension
St. Paul's west side is spruced up and ready to host the region's largest Cinco de Mayo festival today and Saturday. Along with the jalapeno-eating contest and the headlining musical act from Mexico, there'll be a hundred or so entries in the lowrider car show. (05/01/2009)
The lawyer for several survivors of the 35W bridge collapse says some of them wept when they learned of the compensation amounts offered to them in last week's settlements with the state. A legislative committee heard a final report today from the panel that distributed the nearly $37 million compensation fund. (04/21/2009)
New Commerce Department numbers show a key measure of prosperity grew slightly more in Minnesota than the national average last year. (03/25/2009)
Tuesday has been a busy day for Fridley-based Medtronic. The company told employees in the morning that job cuts are in the offing, but no details will be available until the company's accounting year starts in May. Meantime, there are developments on two issues that have dogged the medical device maker. (02/24/2009)
Motorists who received tickets under Minneapolis' PhotoCop program can expect to receive refunds in the next two-to-three months. (01/22/2009)
Ameriprise Financial plans to cut about 300 jobs in Minnesota. The Minneapolis-based financial services company revealed the cutbacks in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Tuesday. (01/20/2009)
Ford Motor Company is suing a Hecker dealership in Stillwater for allegedly failing to pay for more than 3 million dollars in vehicles and parts. (01/14/2009)
Minnesotans in business, sports and philanthropic circles are looking back on the life of Carl Pohlad, who died yesterday at the age of 93. (01/05/2009)
The Vikings were knocked out the NFL playoffs in the first round when they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 26-14 at the Metrodome. (01/05/2009)
The Minnesota Vikings missed a chance to wrap up their first division title since 2000, as they lost to the Atlanta Falcons 24 to 17 at the Metrodome yesterday. (12/22/2008)
Concordia University's women's volleyball team has now won two straight national titles. The team, which competes at the NCAA's Division Two level, has generated plenty of enthusiasm on campus. (12/12/2008)
The closing of six Denny Hecker auto dealerships in the Twin Cities area late last week has cast a pall over the region's surviving dealers. Some industry observers expect more closings. Others, though, say the doom and gloom is overdone and that conditions are not so bad. (11/24/2008)
The Vikings' victory Sunday ended a streak of five straight losses to their arch rivals, the Packers. (11/10/2008)