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

Jim Hagedorn
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)
Mike McFadden speaks to his supporters
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)
Farmfest
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)
As expected, Democrats endorsed Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken for re-election at their state convention in Duluth Saturday (06/02/2014)
Party unity "gives us the best chance of beating Mark Dayton in November," says Sen. Dave Thompson. Some of his competitors don't see it that way, however, and that's set the stage for something rarely seen at political conventions: intrigue. (05/30/2014)
The $17 million project will convert five historic Fort Snelling structures into 58 studios and apartments. Public and private money is bankrolling the construction. (05/29/2014)
Some of the best-known Republicans in Minnesota are lined up behind Mike McFadden's U.S. Senate campaign, but not because he has a strong track record in elective office. (05/21/2014)