Andrea Ball

Investigative reporter

Andrea Ball has worked for the Statesman since 1999, focusing on issues including mental health, poverty and nonprofits. Before that, she worked at newspapers in New York and North Carolina.

Latest from Andrea Ball

Women describe 14 years of Austin Opera maestro’s lewd talk, touches
 In the weeks since Austin Opera’s conductor was fired amid allegations of harassment, seven women have come forward to describe a culture of permissiveness that they say allowed Richard Buckley to touch women inappropriately and engage in lewd talk because he was a star. The women told the American-Statesman that Buckley — who...

Posted: 9 days ago

In the weeks since Austin Opera’s conductor was fired amid allegations of harassment, seven women have come forward to describe a culture of permissiveness that they say allowed Richard Buckley to touch women inappropriately and engage in lewd talk because he was a star. The women told the American-Statesman that Buckley — who...
Women describe 14 years of Austin Opera maestro’s lewd talk, touches
 In the weeks since Austin Opera’s conductor was fired amid allegations of harassment, seven women have come forward to describe a culture of permissiveness that they say allowed Richard Buckley to touch women inappropriately and engage in lewd talk because he was a star. The women told the American-Statesman that Buckley — who...

Posted: 9 days ago

In the weeks since Austin Opera’s conductor was fired amid allegations of harassment, seven women have come forward to describe a culture of permissiveness that they say allowed Richard Buckley to touch women inappropriately and engage in lewd talk because he was a star. The women told the American-Statesman that Buckley — who...
Judge calls out Texas foster care chief as teen runs away for 5th time
 An Abilene judge has ordered the leader of Texas Child Protective Services to show up in court Wednesday to explain why his agency can’t keep a 14-year-old girl from repeatedly running away from foster care. Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman — who runs Child Protective Services — has...

Posted: 26 days ago

An Abilene judge has ordered the leader of Texas Child Protective Services to show up in court Wednesday to explain why his agency can’t keep a 14-year-old girl from repeatedly running away from foster care. Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman — who runs Child Protective Services — has...
Judge calls out Texas foster care chief as teen runs away for 5th time
 An Abilene judge has ordered the leader of Texas Child Protective Services to show up in court Wednesday to explain why his agency can’t keep a 14-year-old girl from repeatedly running away from foster care. Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman — who runs Child Protective Services — has...

Posted: 26 days ago

An Abilene judge has ordered the leader of Texas Child Protective Services to show up in court Wednesday to explain why his agency can’t keep a 14-year-old girl from repeatedly running away from foster care. Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman — who runs Child Protective Services — has...
New APD policy emphasizes defusion, alternatives to using force
 Austin police have enacted a new policy that requires officers to first try to tamp down a volatile situation before turning to more aggressive means, including using their guns, batons and Tasers. The move comes amid a national effort among law enforcement aimed at curtailing violent clashes between officers and suspects. According to a...

9:38 PM Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Austin police have enacted a new policy that requires officers to first try to tamp down a volatile situation before turning to more aggressive means, including using their guns, batons and Tasers. The move comes amid a national effort among law enforcement aimed at curtailing violent clashes between officers and suspects. According to a...
New Austin police policy emphasizes alternatives to using force
 Austin police have enacted a new policy that requires officers to first try to tamp down a volatile situation before turning to more aggressive means, including using their guns, batons or Tasers. The move comes amid a national effort among law enforcement aimed at curtailing violent clashes between officers and suspects. According to a new...

9:16 PM Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Austin police have enacted a new policy that requires officers to first try to tamp down a volatile situation before turning to more aggressive means, including using their guns, batons or Tasers. The move comes amid a national effort among law enforcement aimed at curtailing violent clashes between officers and suspects. According to a new...
State lawyer says Greg Kelley could prove actual innocence in sex assault case
 A lawyer appointed by the highest criminal court in Texas has lodged concerns over an effort to overturn the sexual assault conviction of a former Leander High School football star, telling the judges that allegations of poor policing and inadequate legal representation aren’t enough to exonerate Greg Kelley. But the Court of Criminal...

11:29 PM Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

A lawyer appointed by the highest criminal court in Texas has lodged concerns over an effort to overturn the sexual assault conviction of a former Leander High School football star, telling the judges that allegations of poor policing and inadequate legal representation aren’t enough to exonerate Greg Kelley. But the Court of Criminal...
ACC staff pays off tuition debt for once homeless teen
 Austin Community College wants Lyric Wardlow back in school. Members of the ACC Cabinet, campus operations and public affairs departments pooled donations and paid off $332 in Pell grant debt that Wardlow owed when she needed to drop out of classes after a family member died. Now the once-homeless teen can restart school with a clean slate...

9:15 PM Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

Austin Community College wants Lyric Wardlow back in school. Members of the ACC Cabinet, campus operations and public affairs departments pooled donations and paid off $332 in Pell grant debt that Wardlow owed when she needed to drop out of classes after a family member died. Now the once-homeless teen can restart school with a clean slate...
As Texas special education overhaul stalls, TEA answers don’t add up
 At 5 p.m. on a Friday, the Texas Education Agency abruptly announced that it had pulled the plug on a special education data-mining project it had defended for months. Parents and advocacy groups had too many concerns over the $4.4 million, no-bid contract, TEA Commissioner Mike Morath said. He promised to review the agency’s contracting...

2:47 PM Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

At 5 p.m. on a Friday, the Texas Education Agency abruptly announced that it had pulled the plug on a special education data-mining project it had defended for months. Parents and advocacy groups had too many concerns over the $4.4 million, no-bid contract, TEA Commissioner Mike Morath said. He promised to review the agency’s contracting...
As Texas special education overhaul stalls, TEA answers don’t add up
 At 5 p.m. on a Friday, the Texas Education Agency abruptly announced that it had pulled the plug on a special education data-mining project it had defended for months. Parents and advocacy groups had too many concerns over the $4.4 million, no-bid contract, TEA Commissioner Mike Morath said. He promised to review the agency’s contracting...

2:45 PM Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

At 5 p.m. on a Friday, the Texas Education Agency abruptly announced that it had pulled the plug on a special education data-mining project it had defended for months. Parents and advocacy groups had too many concerns over the $4.4 million, no-bid contract, TEA Commissioner Mike Morath said. He promised to review the agency’s contracting...
Greg Kelley should be found innocent of child sex assault, judge finds
 A state district judge in Williamson County recommended Monday that the conviction of Greg Kelley — a former high school football star sent to prison on child sexual assault charges — be overturned and that he meets the state’s legal threshold to be declared innocent. Had a jury been presented with certain evidence...

1:14 AM Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

A state district judge in Williamson County recommended Monday that the conviction of Greg Kelley — a former high school football star sent to prison on child sexual assault charges — be overturned and that he meets the state’s legal threshold to be declared innocent. Had a jury been presented with certain evidence...