was a an engagement reporter for the ProPublica-Texas Tribune investigative unit in 2020 and a reporting fellow at the Tribune in 2018, covering water issues. She received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Missouri. Before joining the Tribune, she bounced around the Midwest for five years, covering the Missouri legislature for the Columbia Missourian and also reporting for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Omaha World-Herald. She was born and raised in Houston.
While Danielle Hale managed the emergency operations center at the Port of Corpus Christi during Hurricane Harvey, her family evacuated their Rockport home. A year later, she and her family continue to help Rockport rebuild, while the port continues to fine-tune its emergency preparedness plans. Full Story
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Hays County well owners thought they won the water fight against Houston-based Electro Purification three years ago. Now, regulators are left trying to balance residential priorities with business interests. Full Story
Webb County officials say they want to rely on the latest science to ensure the site is safe from floods. The company behind the proposed landfill thinks opponents are playing politics to delay construction. Full Story