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

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)
Showing support for Franken
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)
Inside the concentrator building
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)
Jim Hagedorn initially backed Aaron Miller's bid for 1st District Rep. Tim Walz's seat after the Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran won the GOP endorsement. Then Hagedorn changed his mind. The two Republicans will face off in the Aug. 12 primary. (08/04/2014)
In his bid for the U.S. Senate, Independence Party candidate Kevin Terrell aims to capitalize on voter discontent with the two largest parties. (07/21/2014)
Flush with campaign money and buoyed by the Republican endorsement, political newcomer Mike McFadden seems a lock to win the Aug. 12 GOP primary. (07/13/2014)
Advocates on both sides of the abortion debate said the lower number reflects their efforts to help women. (07/02/2014)
Drinking and driving was the number one reason for fatalities, killing 117 people. (06/30/2014)
Minnesotans lined up for nearly a mile Wednesday morning to get free tickets to hear President Obama speak at the Lake Harriet Bandshell on Friday. (06/25/2014)