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T-Squared: The Watchdog Unleashed

We've emphasized accountability journalism since the day our doors opened nearly five years ago. With our new TribInvestigates site, we're pulling together our in-depth watchdog reporting in a single place.

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We've emphasized accountability journalism here at the Tribune since our doors opened nearly five years ago. Our highest aim has been to keep a close eye on the state officials and powerful politicians who hold the keys to the Capitol — and who spend Texans' tax dollars. This year, our coverage of the Legislature was recognized with a prestigious award. But we've only recently begun identifying this kind of content with "TribInvestigates" branding.

Today, we're rolling out a TribInvestigates site that pulls together all of our in-depth watchdog reporting in a single place — from Jay Root's revelations about attorney general candidate Ken Paxton's failure to follow state securities law to Becca Aaronson's investigation of a troubled multi-million dollar state Medicaid contract that resulted in thousands of children receiving orthodontic care they didn't need.

We're just getting started. Late this month, look for a series of stories and videos revealing what happens when the workers who have fueled the state's economic engine get hurt on the job. It's one of a variety of projects our newsroom is undertaking this year to examine the so-called Texas Miracle that is ever on the lips of politicians, from the people buoyed by the financial tide to those who are struggling in its wake.

We want your feedback on these projects — and to know what issues you think are worthy of an investigative eye. Email us at with questions, concerns and, best of all, tips. 

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