Ryan Murphy plays a role in developing the Tribune's collection of data interactives (with a focus on mapping), conducts data analysis and currently maintains and updates the government employee salary database. Ryan graduated in 2010 with a degree in multimedia journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as the web editor for The Daily Texan.
When Gov. Rick Perry left the presidential campaign trail Thursday, he took his considerable fundraising muscle with him. His departure frees up his federal campaign coffers and the support of the Super PAC that backed Perry.Full Story
From debates and campaign stops to TV ads and parodies, here’s an interactive look at the rise and fall of Rick Perry’s presidential bid and his corresponding placement in the polls.Full Story
Texas Gov. Rick Perry may be near the end of the biggest race in his political career. Check the latest updates to our PerryTracker map. Within a 14-month span, Perry has made 220 appearances outside the Lone Star State.Full Story
Thirty-five years ago today, the state of Utah restarted the death penalty in the United States when Gary Gilmore was executed. Texas followed suit in 1982 and since then has executed 477 men and women, more than any other state.
Some of our most popular data apps deserve a new year's makeover. The Tribune's original Census 2010 population viewer has been updated with new functions that make it faster and easier to use. Explore U.S. Census Bureau population data with our improved county-by-county maps.Full Story
As it has since the Trib's launch in 2009, data continued to reign supreme on the site in 2011. Today, we take a look at the 10 most-visited data apps since Jan. 1.Full Story
In Texas, where mental health professionals are already hard to come by, another issue has exacerbated the situation in the state's growing minority populations: finding treatment providers who understand the communities' cultural and language differences.Full Story
Using information provided by the Texas Ethics Commission, we have built a new interface for accessing campaign contributions and expenditures dating back to 2000 — our most comprehensive campaign finance database yet.Full Story
While more Texans are being diagnosed with mental illness every year, experts say there aren't enough psychiatrists or behavioral health professionals to meet growing demand. Use our video and interactive county-by-county maps to find out why.Full Story
Communities across Texas saw a spike in ozone pollution this year, amid hot weather and drought. Still, ozone pollution in Texas cities has fallen dramatically over the last decade. Use this data interactive to understand how the number of bad ozone days in Texas metropolitan areas has changed over time.Full Story
Eleven communities are on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s “high priority” water list, meaning there is a risk they could run out of water within six months or do not know how much water they have remaining. Use our map to see where each community is located and how many days of water it has left.Full Story
Pending any legal intervention, the three court-issued redistricting maps (House, Senate and Congress) and the State Board of Education map drawn up by the 82nd Legislature are now in effect. Use our interactive to see which district you live in now and who represents you.Full Story
Thousands of Texas doctors, researchers and medical experts — including more than 100 who are employed by the state and are paid with taxpayer dollars — routinely supplement their salaries with income from pharmaceutical companies.Full Story
Use our interactive — culled from ProPublica's Dollars for Docs data and the Tribune's Government Employee Salary Database — to see which Texas state employees are also on the payroll of drug companies.Full Story