Bob Collins

Bob Collins writes the News Cut blog for MPR News. He joined MPR in 1992. He served as broadcast editor and coordinated MPR's political coverage until 1999, when he was asked to direct MPR's foray into online journalism. He previously was vice president of programming for Berkshire Broadcasting Company in Massachusetts, and national desk editor at the RKO Radio Network in New York. He also was editor at WHDH in Boston, where he received the Edward R. Murrow Award for his investigation into the Boston mob scene. Bob is a private pilot and is building his own airplane.

Stories by Bob Collins

As opposition to airport mounts, more people move next to it

Across the street from the Lake Elmo Airport, the second-smallest airport of the Metropolitan Airports Commission's "reliever airports" -- a neighborhood is rising from the onetime cornfields. That's significant given that the airport is becoming the focus of neighborhood opposition because of plans to expand one of the runways to a length similar to those at other small airports in the area, such as South St. Paul's Holman Field.

Marines reopen investigation into famous WWII photograph

AP photographer Joe Rosenthal didn't get the names of the guys who re-enacted the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima in 1945. There was a war going on and some of the men pictured were dead not long after he took the photograph. It was left to the ages to figure out and, for the most part, the ages did a pretty good job crediting John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, Harlon Block, Michael Strank and Franklin Sousley for their display that buoyed a nation that was sick of the war and its thousands of casualties.