Christine Ayala

Christine Ayala Christine Ayala is a Texas Tribune fellow focused on newsletter production, previously a reporting fellow. Before joining the Tribune, Christine interned for the Austin American-Statesman features desk and Dallas Morning News public safety desk. She is a journalism senior at the University of Texas at Austin where she reported and edited for The Daily Texan.

Recent Contributions

Teach for America Losing Top Recruits

Bayless Elementary teacher Holly Guillmen identifies and explains the use of the contents of the Waterwise home water conservation kit provided to students by the High Plains Underground Water District in Lubbock, Texas, Oct. 17, 2012.
Bayless Elementary teacher Holly Guillmen identifies and explains the use of the contents of the Waterwise home water conservation kit provided to students by the High Plains Underground Water District in Lubbock, Texas, Oct. 17, 2012.

Exact causes for the drop in Teach for America applicants are unknown, but the decline in the program's popularity has sparked debate over whether participants are doing more harm than good inside classrooms.

KHN: Nursing Homes Under Harsher Government Standard

A patient at Sagebrook Health Center, a nursing facility in Cedar Park, kneads putty to build fine-motor coordination and dexterity. Officials from Sagebrook and other facilities have raised concerns about a proposed rule that would have the state close nursing homes found to have the highest-level violations of federal quality standards on three separate days over 24 months.
A patient at Sagebrook Health Center, a nursing facility in Cedar Park, kneads putty to build fine-motor coordination and dexterity. Officials from Sagebrook and other facilities have raised concerns about a proposed rule that would have the state close nursing homes found to have the highest-level violations of federal quality standards on three separate days over 24 months.

The star rating doled out by the federal government to nursing homes will be harder to score as scrutiny is increased based on quality measurements.

Measles Vaccinations: Separating Fact From Myth

A vile of the M-M-R Virus Vaccine at the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County in Fort Worth, Texas on August 30, 2013. The Immunization Collaboration offers low cost vaccines targeting hepatitis, the flu, chickenpox, measles, mumps and HPV amongst other illnesses.
A vile of the M-M-R Virus Vaccine at the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County in Fort Worth, Texas on August 30, 2013. The Immunization Collaboration offers low cost vaccines targeting hepatitis, the flu, chickenpox, measles, mumps and HPV amongst other illnesses.

As a measles outbreak spread from California to at least 18 jurisdictions across the country, the role of vaccinations was a hot topic in politics and medicine, prompting doctors to weigh in on best practices.