Reporting Texas
News and features from UT-Austin's School of Journalism
Reporting Texas Archives
Mar 10, 2023

Experts Say Focus on Water Infrastructure Vital for Texas’ Future

For more than 37 days, Julie Walker, 53, and her neighbors in the Channel Oaks II subdivision outside of Marble Falls, Texas, have had to boil their water, which often comes out of the tap a dark, murky brown.  Walker rents a home in Channel Oaks II, high on a hill south of the Colorado […]

Mar 10, 2023

Reporting Texas TV – March 9, 2023

Journalism students from Moody College at the University of Texas produced their first newscast of the semester on March 9, 2023. Student journalists reported this week on the results of the 2023 Student Government elections, the demolition of the nation’s first African American public housing project, and UT’s annual STEM Girl Day.

Mar 09, 2023

Why the Nation’s First African American Public Housing Project is Being Torn Down

AUSTIN, Texas – Construction crews are tearing down Rosewood Courts in East Austin after the complex provided affordable housing for over 80 years. Sylvia Blanco, the Chief Operating Officer at the Housing Authority for the City of Austin (HACA), said the redevelopment plan will build more public housing while preserving the site’s history. Built in […]

Mar 09, 2023

The Race for UT Student Government Elections is Over

AUSTIN, Texas – Helen Getachew and William Ramirez are the newly elected University of Texas Student Government president and vice president. Student Government started on campus in 1902, and serves as a voice for the student body. It covers a wide range of projects to provide resources for students as well as act as a […]

Mar 09, 2023

UT Girl Day Makes Progress in Closing the STEM Gender Gap

AUSTIN, Texas – Over 9,000 Texas children participated in UT’s STEM Girl Day this year, an outreach event hosted by Women in STEM (WiSTEM) to get young girls excited about futures in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The kids got to code fruits to be musical instruments, catapult water balloons, watch a fire and […]

Mar 08, 2023

Texas Republicans Look to Expand Restrictions on Trans Athletes to College

Texas Republicans — who passed a law in 2021 banning transgender athletes from competing on K-12 sports teams that match their gender identity —  are working to extend restrictions on transgender athletes to college sports.

House Bill 23, by Rep. Valoree Swanson, R-Spring, would prohibit transgender public college students from joining college sports teams that align with their gender identity. The bill stipulates that athletes participate on teams based on the “biological sex” listed on their birth certificate. The measure would allow women to compete on men’s teams if there is no corresponding women’s team available.

Mar 08, 2023

Reporting Texas Newsletter March 2, 2023

Download the March 2, 2023 edition of the Reporting Texas Newsletter

Mar 06, 2023

How UT Adapted to Governor’s TikTok Ban

AUSTIN, Texas – Gov. Greg Abbott issued a ban on access to the TikTok app on government Wi-Fi on Feb. 6, which required all government institutions to implement the changes by Feb 15. The ban followed several concerns raised by Gov. Abbott around the app, including data harvesting.  TikTok hosts millions of unique content creators. […]

Mar 06, 2023

UT Women’s Tennis Head Coach Prioritizes Psychology to Win Matches

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Longhorns women’s tennis team won back-to-back NCAA National Championships in 2021 and 2022, and are aiming for a three-peat. The recent success under head coach Howard Joffe was part of continued growth from making the top 10 in 2019 and rising to fourth in 2020 before reaching number one the […]

Mar 06, 2023

UT Students Create App to Help Promote Sustainable Farming

AUSTIN, Texas – Sustainable practices are becoming less affordable for farmers, but a group of UT students designed an app to help financially support these methods. UT students formed Gazelle Ecosolutions to primarily address the issue of overgrazing for ranchers. Their main focus has been in Botswana, where many ranchers overgraze land to the point […]

Mar 04, 2023

James Beard Award Semifinalists Dish on Prominence of Mexican Food in Austin’s Culinary Scene

Of the six James Beard award semifinalists in Austin, three are Mexican food establishments. Comadre Panadería is nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker, Suerte for Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program, and La Condesa for Outstanding Restaurant. 

The James Beard Foundation, founded in 1986, is a non-profit that celebrates and promotes America’s diverse culinary heritage through events and awards. 

Their annual awards, first given 1990, are often referred to as the “Oscars of the food world.”

Mar 04, 2023

UT Students to Bike from Austin to Anchorage

AUSTIN, Texas- – Fifty University of Texas at Austin students will ride their bikes 4,000 miles this summer to Anchorage, Alaska, to raise cancer awareness with the nonprofit organization Texas 4000. The nonprofit organization fundraises and advocates for cancer awareness. Students have a lot of work to do before they leave for the trip. Each […]

Mar 03, 2023

University of Texas Students Rally Against I-35 Expansion Plans

AUSTIN, Texas – Chants of “Let us walk, let us ride, no more lanes on I-35,” echoed through the University of Texas at Austin’s West Mall. Over 30 UT Austin students, professors and Austinites marched through the campus on Feb. 15 to protest against I-35 Capital Express Central Project — a proposal to expand and […]

Mar 03, 2023

Political Student Organization Hosts Workshops on Texas Legislature

AUSTIN, Texas – With the 88th Texas legislative session now in full swing, the University of Texas political student organization Texas Rising held its first TX LEGE 101 workshop of the year. The goal of the Feb. 15 meeting was to teach students about the legislature’s structure, key players and upcoming bills in the legislature. […]

Mar 03, 2023

CapMetro Mechanic Shortage Impacts UT Riverside Commuters

AUSTIN, Texas – Off-campus students living in East Riverside are dealing with multiple cancellations of CapMetro shuttles in recent weeks due to a shortage of bus mechanics. On Feb. 9, CapMetro canceled all the shuttles on the 670 and 672 routes while the 671 ran just twice, at 12:53 p.m. and 1:41 p.m.  CapMetro sent […]

Mar 03, 2023

Thousands of Runners Push Through the Final Miles at the Austin Marathon

AUSTIN, Texas – Over 18,000 people gathered Feb 19. in downtown Austin to run the 31st annual Ascension Seton Austin Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K. Drew Chibib, a recent UT graduate, trained for about a year before he participated. “Roughly two-and-a-half years ago, I got sober from opioids and alcohol, and part of entering into […]

Mar 03, 2023

Activists Demand More Resources to Combat Overdoses

AUSTIN, Texas – 2022 was the deadliest year for people who died from preventable overdoses. Travis County Judge Andy Brown announced in November that the county had 118 deaths from fentanyl in the first six months of 2022, the same number as the county’s total for 2021. Citizens from across Texas gathered at the Capitol […]

Mar 01, 2023

Hundreds of Protesters and Families of Uvalde Victims, Rally at Capitol Against Gun Violence

Families of victims of the Uvalde shooting  joined hundreds of protestors to advocate for laws aimed at preventing violence the Capitol on Tuesday. 

Feb 15, 2023

Families Rally for Better Conditions for Incarcerated Loved Ones

Dozens of family members of incarcerated Texans descended on the state Capitol for a rally for criminal justice reform sponsored by Texas Inmate Families Association, a nonprofit group that provides support.

Texas imprisons more people than any state in the country, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. In 2022 more than 180,000 residents were incarcerated in state prisons and local jails.

Feb 07, 2023

Driven: Race Champ Overcomes Challenges

Photo Gallery by Ry Olszewski Since he was 4, Chris Morris loved to race. He was a motocross competitor for 16 years, but in 2016, he broke his back while practicing for a race. Even though he now needs a wheelchair, he still wanted to race and was determined to find a way to do […]