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

In Mendota Heights, secrecy kills careers

There's good reason for data privacy laws in Minnesota, though city and school officials around the state have often appeared to use them to hide behind while settling scores, unaccountable to the people. Popular school superintendents, for example, have been fired for no apparent reason. Local boards have given big payouts to employees to go away, city employees are fired and we're none the wiser why. Maybe there were good reasons; maybe there weren't. Secrets must be kept, the law says. The public has a right to know except when it doesn't.