Mark Zdechlik

Mark Zdechlik

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
mzdechlik@mpr.org


Mark Zdechlik covers politics for MPR News. He began his MPR career in 1986 while attending St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota where he earned a degree in Business Administration. Over the past nearly two decades, Zdechlik has been involved in covering virtually every major news story in the region. Zdechlik's radio stories have been recognized with numerous awards from organizations including The Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Northwest Broadcast News Association.

Mark Zdechlik Feature Archive

Sen. Al Franken and Rep. candidate Mike McFadden
Republican Mike McFadden accused U.S. Sen. Al Franken of voting with the president 97 percent of the time. Franken accused McFadden of misrepresenting his record. (10/01/2014)
Sartell mayor Joe Perske
Republican Tom Emmer has the money and name recognition. DFLer Joe Perske is trying to compensate by reaching out to voters in the state's conservative 6th District. (09/25/2014)
Minnesotans no longer need to explain why they're voting absentee instead of on Election Day. (09/19/2014)
Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden used PreferedOne's exit from MNsure to attack incumbent Sen. Al Franken for supporting the Affordable Care Act. (09/17/2014)
Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan of Minnesota's 8th District doesn't think the U.S. should move against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. His Republican opponent, Stewart Mills, supports action. (09/11/2014)
Republican Mike McFadden has switched his Senate campaign's focus away from mining jobs in Minnesota to the president's handling on Islamic militants. (09/04/2014)
The Democratic senator said he hopes to meet soon with FBI officials in Saint Paul for an update on their assessment of the Minnesota-ISIS connection. (09/02/2014)
While Franken is trying to make the case that he can work with Republicans to get things done, McFadden is trying to paint the first-term incumbent as one of the most partisan Democrats in Washington. (08/27/2014)
A central theme of Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden's campaign is that U.S. Sen. Al Franken, President Barack Obama and other Democrats are strangling the nation's economy by over-regulating businesses. (08/22/2014)
Franken has agreed to meet McFadden in three debates, in addition to the Farm Fest forum they appeared at earlier this month. McFadden wants an additional three. Franken counters that their three remaining encounters will be enough. (08/21/2014)
When Republicans in southern Minnesota rejected their party's endorsed candidate Tuesday in favor of businessman Jim Hagedorn, they picked a tough campaigner with deep roots in the 1st District. His father represented the area in Congress from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. (08/13/2014)
Business executive Mike McFadden won an easy victory in the Republican Senate primary, setting the stage for a race against Sen. Al Franken in November. In House races, Tom Emmer won the GOP nomination to replace Rep. Michele Bachmann, Jim Hagedorn defeated the GOP endorsee in the 1st District and DFLer Mike Obermueller won the 2nd District primary. (08/12/2014)
After a candidates' forum at Farmfest, Mike McFadden told reporters he would not support requiring that American-made steel be used to build the Keystone pipeline if the project goes through. (08/11/2014)
With strong name recognition and piles of campaign money, Tom Emmer is considered a favorite to win Tuesday's Republican primary in Minnesota's 6th District. But Anoka County Board Chair Rhonda Sivarajah, says she's a better choice to replace Michele Bachmann (08/08/2014)
The hour-plus gathering was cordial, though Republicans -- businessman Mike McFadden, state Rep. Jim Abeler and Iraq War veteran David Carlson — and Independence Party candidate Kevin Terrell sought to portray Franken as part of the problem in a seemingly dysfunctional federal government. (08/06/2014)