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.
The state's growth spurt continues, and one way to see what's ahead is to look at the state's youth population. Use these maps to see the raw population growth and fastest rates of growth in two groups: Texans ages 4 and younger and Texans from ages 5 to 19.Full Story
Using campaign finance reports, we've put together a quick way to find the biggest donors to statewide candidates, the distribution of large and small donations, and how much money came in for each date in a reporting period.Full Story
Use this census interactive to take a county-by-county tour of how the state's youth population grew between 2010 and 2012 — and how Texas' youngest Hispanics are driving the trend.Full Story
Use our interactive to see which of Texas' existing abortion facilities would meet the new standards being debated in the second special legislative session, and to compare them with restrictions in other states.Full Story
Some of the state's most Republican counties are seeing sharp growth in the number of residents who are 65 and older, according to revised county population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Use this interactive to explore the numbers.Full Story
The second special session has begun — and so has lawmakers' bill-filing. Check out the legislation that's been filed so far, and track the bills as they progress through both chambers or die on the vine.
Wednesday's execution of Kimberly McCarthy for the 1997 stabbing death of her neighbor will mark Texas' 500th execution since 1976 and the 261st during Gov. Rick Perry's tenure. Use our interactive to view information on each execution under Perry.Full Story
An interactive look at the legislative and congressional district maps used for the 2012 elections — the same maps Gov. Rick Perry asked lawmakers to ratify during the current special session — and what they're like, demographically and politically.Full Story
Republican lawmakers are racing to approve an omnibus abortion bill that would restrict access to the procedure. This interactive shows the potential impact in Texas and compares the proposed 20-week abortion ban with bans in other states.Full Story
The U.S. Census Bureau last week released its latest set of national population estimates. According to the data, six more Texas counties became majority Hispanic in 2012. Use our interactive to explore population growth by county.Full Story
Hotter days are back, and cities across Texas are again at risk of running out of water. Barnhart, a small community in West Texas, already ran out of water just this month. Use our redesigned interactive to track water systems at risk.Full Story
Lawmakers failed during the regular session to approve money for construction at public universities, but some are hoping the special session will provide a second chance at the money. Use this interactive to see what's at stake.Full Story
The current special session is the 10th in Gov. Rick Perry's gubernatorial tenure. Take a look at our visualization to see all the special sessions called since 1971, the subjects lawmakers tackled and how Perry compares to previous governors.Full Story
As the longest-serving Texas governor, Rick Perry has vetoed his share of bills — 275 of them since taking office in December 2000. Use our interactive to see the history of Perry's veto power.Full Story