Online Clips



St. Luke's, the Houston transplant center made famous by Denton Cooley, has fallen far and fast, dropping to levels far short of its reputation. In recent years, the famed program has performed an outsized number of transplants resulting in deaths or unusual complications, has lost several top physicians and has scaled back its ambition for treating high-risk patients, all the while marketing itself based on its storied past, an investigation by the Houston Chronicle and ProPublica reveals. This series reveals the troubles, using previously private or undiscovered documents, fresh data analysis and interviews with several families whose loved ones had bad outcomes and who say they had no idea of the hospital's troubles.

President Donald Trump has empowered federal authorities to deport immigrants here illegally, promised to punish so-called sanctuary cities and is pushing Congress to start funding a complete wall along our southern border.Fearful of being exposed and sent back to countries that may no longer be familiar or welcoming, immigrants are withdrawing even more into the shadows. The worry extends to their spouses and children, who, in many cases, are American citizens.

Hurricane Harvey was the most destructive storm in Houston's history. The late-August storm dumped up to 60 inches of rain on southeast Texas, but the resulting damage was multiplied by actions taken ­– and not taken – during the past 50 years.

For nearly eight years, a convicted sex offender was accused of raping homeless women in Harris County. Authorities arrested the man for those crimes more than once. The following is an account of how a series of failures in the criminal justice system allowed Keith Edward Hendricks to go free.

DENIED (2016)
In 2004, Texas arbitrarily decided what percentage of students should get special education services. 
Today, tens of thousands of children are paying the price.


In February 2016 I was part of the team that broke the news of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death. In addition to providing West Texas sources, making calls and reporting, I also handled publishing and promoting subscriber-only coverage and digital extras on 

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia found dead at West Texas Ranch | February 2016
San Antonio professors: Scalia 'respected and idealized' by St. Mary's law students | February 2016
Slate: How the San Antonio Express-News Got the Scoop on Scalia's Death


Canadian College Teams, Midwest High Schools Win Big  | April 2014
Students Reflect on Shipping, Travel Costs During Last Leg of Race | April 2014
Student Teams Share Tools, Advice Off the Track During Eco-marathon | April 2014
Detroit Teams Look to Innovation and the City’s Future | April 2014
Shell Eco-marathon Americas Heats Up in Houston as Student Teams Test Prototypes | April 2014


Litter crackdown: states battle trash left by ice anglers | February2010
Asian carp push Great Lakes invasion through Minnesota | August2011
Poisoning Michigan: Author revisits PBB crisis |  June2010
Great Lakes states hand out cash for clunker appliances | February 2010
Drought causes lake level drops in Minnesota, Wisconsin | November 2009
U.S/Canadian examine inconsistent water quality measuring | October 2009
Study: Winter road salt pollutes Great Lakes streams | September 2009
Tree rings record Lake Erie water levels, could predict future | September 2009

BEACH CONFLICT |  With more than 10,000 miles of shoreline, the Great Lakes have the most freshwater access in the world — at least, in theory. There are growing conflicts over who can do what where roads meet the water.

GREAT LAKES COMPACT | In 2008, Great Lakes state governors agreed to prevent large-scale water diversions and employ conservation measures. See how states measure up to policy requirements halfway through implementation.

WATER WAGES | Many Great Lakes city utilities are setting water rate structures that discourage consumption and encourage conservation. But these rates can be bad for business if set poorly.

CLEANING COAL | Burning coal is dirty business. Coal-fired power plants install scrubbers to clean air emissions. But sometimes that means the pollution goes into the water instead of the air. Click here for the entire project.

Echo catches up with a quick-witted Asian carp | August 2011
See emerald ash borers in action; states still battling the bug | July2011
Can you pronounce Great Lakes cities better than a Texan? | February 2011
Great Lakes SmackDown! | October-November 2010
What's on your Great Lakes bucket list? | October 2010
Researchers use planes, lasers to survey Lake Superior | August 2010
People with Midwest ties make Time's influential 100 |  May 2010
Michigan officials: Latin name of state tree too sexy for plate | June 2010
Cool maps of deformed lakes | March 2010