Becca Aaronson News Apps Developer

Becca Aaronson develops news applications and works on special investigative projects for The Texas Tribune. As a native of Austin with a bachelor’s degree in cultural theory from Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., Becca joined the Tribune in 2010 with a passion for building a new media model that promotes civic engagement. She was promoted in 2012 to cover health care for the Tribune, during which time she was nationally recognized for her coverage of women’s health and abortion politics. A founding member of the Tribune’s news apps team, Becca left the health care beat in 2014 to work on news apps full-time.

Recent Contributions

UT-Austin Program Helps Health Care Go Digital

The Health IT Learning Center, located in the Norman Hackerman Building on the UT Austin campus, features a classroom and a simulated clinic to teach students the workflow of new health information exchange systems.
The Health IT Learning Center, located in the Norman Hackerman Building on the UT Austin campus, features a classroom and a simulated clinic to teach students the workflow of new health information exchange systems.

As federal policies push medical providers to switch to electronic health systems, a new job market for highly trained health IT professionals is quickly emerging — and the University of Texas at Austin is taking advantage of it.

Medicaid Providers Push Back on Fraud Investigations

Helen Hawkins, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, treats 13-month-old Kevin Gorostieta at Carousel Pediatrics in Austin on Nov. 8, 2012.
Helen Hawkins, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, treats 13-month-old Kevin Gorostieta at Carousel Pediatrics in Austin on Nov. 8, 2012.

Medical providers are speaking out against the state's Medicaid fraud investigations, saying the investigations are crippling innocent businesses and impacting patient care. Investigators say they only target providers when there's credible evidence.

Congressional Roundup: Gallego Closely Defeats Canseco

Pete Gallego makes his acceptance speech accompanied by his wife, Maria Elena and son, Nicolas, 8,  during the district 23 victory party at Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant in south San Antonio, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
Pete Gallego makes his acceptance speech accompanied by his wife, Maria Elena and son, Nicolas, 8, during the district 23 victory party at Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant in south San Antonio, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, is headed from the Texas House to the U.S. House after narrowly defeating Republican U.S. Rep Francisco “Quico” Canseco in the state's expensive congressional race.

Texas Women's Health Program Won't Launch as Planned

Oct. 31, 2012: TribLive event with Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek
Oct. 31, 2012: TribLive event with Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek

Kyle Janek, executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, said Wednesday morning that the new state-led Women's Health Program would be ready to start on Nov. 1. But the program will not launch until court controversy is clarified or federal funds run out.