is a reporting fellow at The Texas Tribune. Born and raised in Minnesota, she’s developed a fascination with Texas that’s kept her here four years and counting. In the summer of 2018, Katie completed a dual master’s program in Journalism and Global Policy Studies from the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs and School of Journalism. Some of her previous work can be found in the Austin-American Statesman, the Austin Chronicle, the Texas Health Journal and Sports Illustrated, where she was a reporter intern.
More than 450 others were sexually abused, according to the Austin newspaper's investigation of the state's oversight of child care facilities. Gov. Greg Abbott's spokesman said lawmakers should address the issue next year. Full Story
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Thursday for Deanna Robinson's First Amendment case against the Hunt County Sheriff's Office. At issue is whether the sheriff's office was allowed to block her from its Facebook page. Full Story
Using new methodology that includes flood maps and hydraulic modeling, scientists and flood engineers worked with the city to find out which parts of Houston are still struggling post-Harvey, and what it'll take to help residents recover. Full Story
Last week, Gov. Greg Abbott rallied his supporters on social media against the removal of defining Alamo defenders as "heroic" from social studies curriculum standards. This week, the State Board of Education tentatively voted to keep the language intact. Full Story
After submitting a recommendation to remove the word "heroic" from seventh-grade history textbooks, a Texas State Board of Education workgroup backed off its proposal after outcry from officials and the public. Full Story
The Texas Education Agency says cosmetologists don’t make enough to justify continuing high school cosmetology programs. Teachers and students say reported salaries don’t tell the whole story. Full Story