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

Senate State Affairs Committee Questions Kitzman

Texas Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman gives testimony to the Senate Committee on State Affairs on August 30th, 2012
Texas Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman gives testimony to the Senate Committee on State Affairs on August 30th, 2012

State senators on Thursday took advantage of a committee hearing on cross-state health coverage to question Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman on her controversial decision to delay previously-approved consumer protections.

Deuell to Kitzman: Reconsider Consumer Rules

Texas Sen. Bob Deuell and Texas Department of Insurance Commissioner, Eleanor Kitzman
Texas Sen. Bob Deuell and Texas Department of Insurance Commissioner, Eleanor Kitzman

A decision to table new rules intended to protect consumers has landed state Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman in hot water with the chairman of the Senate Nominations Committee, which will play a key role in the decision to confirm her appointment.

Interactive: Healthy Food Scarcity

Nearly a third of Texans are obese. Limited access to healthy food options is part of the problem, particularly in low-income communities. This map shows the percentage of food retailers that offer healthy options by census tract, as calculated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Report: TWIA Improves Claims Processes

U.S. Airforce conduct search and rescue - Galveston Island, Texas, after Hurricane Ike Sept. 13.
U.S. Airforce conduct search and rescue - Galveston Island, Texas, after Hurricane Ike Sept. 13.

After years of controversy and legal wrangling, a bit of good news for the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association came today in a report from the State Auditor's Office: The insurer's claims process is improving.