the daily texan

For three years, I worked at The Daily Texan — one of the largest college newspapers in the country. I began as a writer then editor in the Life&Arts department before eventually becoming the paper's managing editor. I won three Hearst Journalism Awards for my own work and supervised a package of 30 articles for the 50th anniversary of the UT Tower shooting. The package was a finalist for two College Media Association Pinnacle Awards. 

Austin Police officer Ramiro Martinez remembers feeling sense of duty to stop Whitman

In the elevator ride up to the UT Tower's observation deck, APD Officer Ramiro Martinez could still hear gunshots rattling the sky outside like thunder.

Spanish Civil War archaeology uncovers years of conflict, pain

MADRID — Pockmarks from German Mauser rifles and graffitied fascist symbols in Spain’s capital city quietly tell the story of the country’s painful past. 

Graffiti can be painted over and pockmarks filled in, but more difficult to move past is a conflict that still lives and breathes in the country’s people.

SWSW: America Ferrera discusses Latino voters

On Tuesday, actress and activist America Ferrera spoke to a half-empty room to discuss the Latino vote.

World’s oldest living roadie tells his story in documentary “King of the Roadies”

At age 15, Ben Dorcy became an Ice Capades dancer. A few years later he became a Navy seaman, and now, at 90 years old, he is the world’s oldest living roadie.

Roe v. Wade lawyer, UT alumna reflects on landmark women’s rights case

Dr. Jane Hodgson’s medical license was on the line. As she drove to Florida in the pouring rain, she listened as Walter Cronkite’s voice came on the radio: “In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court today legalized abortions.” 

Volunteer lifeguards band together to tackle refugee crisis

In 2015, photos of three-year-old Syrian Alan Kurdi, face down and drowned on a Turkish beach, became a symbol of the refugee crisis. 

After seeing the photo, activist and former soccer player Oscar Camps embarked on a journey that would lead him almost 2,000 miles away to save over 55,000 lives. 

Lucha Underground wrestlers battle at Austin Music Hall at SXSW

For the first time in their history, the professional wrestlers of Lucha Underground went to battle outside of their televised arena, The Temple.

The Music Men

The year is 1970. Janis Joplin has just died, and there are fewer than 250,000 people living in Austin. It’s the year Armadillo World Headquarters opened its doors, sparking Austin’s music community and setting the stage for several UT alumni to create some of Austin's most iconic musical institutions.

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