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Kiah Collier

Kiah Collier is a reporter and associate editor for the Tribune with a focus on energy and environment. Since graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in philosophy and multimedia journalism, Kiah has reported for publications across the state, including the San Angelo Standard-Times, Reuters, the Austin-American Statesman and the Houston Chronicle. Her beats have included local and state government and politics, shipping and airlines and public education. She has covered several natural disasters from the ground, including Hurricane Harvey, and investigated everything from maritime pilots, to lax environmental enforcement to the federal government’s abuse of eminent domain in building the first sections of wall along the Texas-Mexico border. Kiah’s reporting has garnered a variety of local, state and national awards, including a Peabody in 2017 for her work on a project that examined the Houston area's extreme vulnerability to hurricanes.

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Newly-elected Harris Co. Judge Lina Hidalgo at the Harris County Administration Building in downtown Houston on Dec. 3, 2018.
 Annie Mulligan for The Texas Tribune

Harris County's first Latina county judge takes the helm

Democrat Lina Hidalgo — a 27-year-old Colombian immigrant with a rich life story — will preside over her first Harris County Commissioners Court meeting as county judge on Tuesday. The political newcomer rode into office on a Democratic wave that swept the state's most populous county.

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