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. In recent years his reporting has concentrated on the war in Iraq and national politics as they pertain to the Midwest. 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

Former Republican State Rep. Tom Emmer
Earlier this week the other two candidates, former state Rep. Phil Krinkie of Circle Pines and Anoka County Board Chair Rhonda Sivarajah of Lino Lakes, announced primary campaigns, acknowledging that most delegates are backing Emmer for the GOP endorsement. (04/11/2014)
Republican Mike McFadden called reporters to a news conference Thursday to talk about his plans to fight wasteful government spending, but when reporters started asking questions about other issues McFadden declined to offer specifics. (04/10/2014)
Former Republican state Rep. Phil Krinkie will skip Saturday's 6th District GOP convention and fight instead for the party nomination in a primary. (04/09/2014)
South-metro Republicans Saturday endorsed 2nd District Republican Congressman John Kline for a seventh term. (04/05/2014)
Longtime DFL State Rep. Phyllis Kahn will seek to fight off an endorsement challenge today from Minneapolis School Board member Mohamud Noor. (04/05/2014)
Several Minnesota Republicans vying to run against U.S. Sen. Al Franken this fall sharply criticized the Democrat during a candidate forum in St. Louis Park on Tuesday. (04/02/2014)
Demand for charter school education is outpacing the growth of charter schools and Congress can help by making it easier for states to develop charter schools and replicate successful charter school models from state to state, Republican Rep. John Kline said. (04/01/2014)
After essentially going dormant for almost a year, MichelePAC is again sending out email fundraising solicitations. Some MichelePAC donors, though, might be surprised by what their money is being spent on. (03/31/2014)
The changes Dayton wants would align Minnesota's child care tax credit with the federal government's. Depending on income and the number of children in a family, the total annual credit would range from $600 to $2,100. (03/18/2014)
Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans says his department needs tax bill information as soon as possible to accommodate this year's filers because some of the cuts will likely be retroactive. (03/17/2014)
A few dozen people gathered in the basement of church in south Minneapolis to talk about the importance of paying minimum wage workers more. (03/15/2014)
The Minnesota Medical Association has come out against the legalization of medical marijuana in Minnesota as the proposed legislation is written. (03/15/2014)
In announcing her campaign outside a church in Plymouth, Sund criticized Paulsen for supporting what she called "endless cuts" to federal programs and his brinksmanship over budget matters. (03/13/2014)
Democrats in the Minnesota House want to set the minimum wage at $9.50 an hour. Senate Democrats agreed this week to that rate for large businesses, but oppose a provision for automatic future increases based on inflation. (03/07/2014)
Xcel Energy officials say the cost of natural gas is about 15 percent higher this heating season than the previous one. (03/03/2014)