Becca Aaronson Senior Designer/Developer

Becca Aaronson designs and builds interactive features to expand the reach of reporting, analyzes data for projects and runs the interactive data and visuals team's fellowship program. She also works on tools to simplify workflows and conducts user research to improve design processes and reader experience. Becca joined the Tribune in 2010 and was promoted in 2012 to cover health care, during which time she was nationally recognized for her coverage of women’s health and abortion politics. A founding member of the Tribune’s interactive data and visuals team, Becca left the health care beat in 2014 to develop interactive features full-time. She has a bachelor’s degree in cultural theory from Scripps College in Claremont, Calif.

Recent Contributions

Drone Surveillance Measure Soars Through House

Micheal Cincienne of Absolute Aerospace and Texas A&M Corpus Christi, engineering student Adam Ersepke, and lab coordinator Jack Edward Esparza carry the University’s RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle, otherwise known as a drone, back to the  command center after a test flight over the Kennedy Ranch near Sarita, Texas on January 18, 2013.
Micheal Cincienne of Absolute Aerospace and Texas A&M Corpus Christi, engineering student Adam Ersepke, and lab coordinator Jack Edward Esparza carry the University’s RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle, otherwise known as a drone, back to the command center after a test flight over the Kennedy Ranch near Sarita, Texas on January 18, 2013.

UPDATED: State Rep. Lance Gooden’s bill to prevent unmanned drones from capturing indiscriminate surveillance won approval in the lower chamber on Friday.

 

As Clock Ticks, Chance for Medicaid Expansion Dwindles

Rep. John Zerwas R-Fulshear at TribLive event discussing health care in Texas on February 27th, 2013
Rep. John Zerwas R-Fulshear at TribLive event discussing health care in Texas on February 27th, 2013

UPDATED: With the prospect of Medicaid expansion on life support, protesters gathered at the Capitol on Wednesday to urge state leadership to expand coverage to poor adults, and state Democrats announced that they’re still searching for a legislative vehicle to expand coverage. 

 

Hotze to File Suit Over Federal Health Reform

Surrounded by several Texas legislators, Dr. Steve Hotze announces his lawsuit targeting the Affordable Care Act on May 7, 2013.
Surrounded by several Texas legislators, Dr. Steve Hotze announces his lawsuit targeting the Affordable Care Act on May 7, 2013.

UPDATED: The Supreme Court’s ruling that penalties under the Affordable Care Act qualify as taxes has opened the door to another constitutional challenge, Houston physician and Republican donor Steve Hotze said Tuesday. And he's filing suit. 

 

 

Janek Awaits Direction From Lege on Medicaid Expansion

Evan Smith speaks with Kyle Janek, executive commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services, during a Symposium on Health Care on April 25, 2013.
Evan Smith speaks with Kyle Janek, executive commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services, during a Symposium on Health Care on April 25, 2013.

Texas’ executive health commissioner, Kyle Janek, said Thursday that negotiations between the federal government and the Health and Human Services Commission on whether to expand Medicaid are at a standstill because he's waiting on the Legislature.