Ralph K.M. Haurwitz

Higher education reporter

Ralph K.M. Haurwitz has covered higher education for the Austin American-Statesman since 2004. He was previously a projects reporter and, before that, covered the environmental beat. He began working at the Statesman in 1993 after editing and writing at newspapers in western Pennsylvania. He and his wife live in Austin and have two adult children.

Latest from Ralph K.M. Haurwitz

Lawsuit prompts UT to lift student’s suspension for sexual misconduct
 The University of Texas has lifted – at least for now – the suspension of a student it accused of sexual misconduct for having sex with another student who says she was intoxicated when she gave consent after a 2016 sorority formal. In a document filed Monday in U.S. Western District Court, the university asked a federal judge...

Posted: a day ago

The University of Texas has lifted – at least for now – the suspension of a student it accused of sexual misconduct for having sex with another student who says she was intoxicated when she gave consent after a 2016 sorority formal. In a document filed Monday in U.S. Western District Court, the university asked a federal judge...
Man charged with aggravated assault in baseball bat attacks
 A 26-year-old man was charged with five counts of aggravated assault after police said he struck five people with his hands and an aluminum baseball bat in North Austin. Kenney Irons was booked into the Travis County Jail in lieu of bail set at $100,000 following the incident at Zoe’s Helping Hand, 8007 Burnet Road. An affidavit filed...

Posted: 2 days ago

A 26-year-old man was charged with five counts of aggravated assault after police said he struck five people with his hands and an aluminum baseball bat in North Austin. Kenney Irons was booked into the Travis County Jail in lieu of bail set at $100,000 following the incident at Zoe’s Helping Hand, 8007 Burnet Road. An affidavit filed...
FORECAST: Austin in for a run of cool nights, sunny days
 Sunday forecast for Austin
            : You can’t beat this kind of weather: cool, crisp mornings and sunny afternoons. Following overnight temperatures that dipped into the 40s, Sunday afternoon will be sunny with a high of 64 in Austin, according to the National Weather Service. It will be partly cloudy with a low around 40 tonight...

Posted: 2 days ago

Sunday forecast for Austin : You can’t beat this kind of weather: cool, crisp mornings and sunny afternoons. Following overnight temperatures that dipped into the 40s, Sunday afternoon will be sunny with a high of 64 in Austin, according to the National Weather Service. It will be partly cloudy with a low around 40 tonight...
Police identify 3 killed in Killeen when stopped car is rear-ended

Posted: 2 days ago

Monday, Nov. 20 update: Killeen police have identifed the travelers killed in a collision early Sunday on Fort Hood Road. According to a preliminary investigation by police, Dustin Corey Moore drove a Kia sedan that rear-ended a Nissan sedan that was stopped at a red light around 3 a.m. Donald Christian Adu Larbi and Tanya Evette Perry, the...
University of California regents vote to bid for Los Alamos contract

Posted: 5 days ago

The University of California system, as expected, wants to keep operating Los Alamos National Laboratory. The system’s Board of Regents voted Thursday to authorize a bid for the management and operating contract at the federal nuclear weapons lab in the mountains of New Mexico. University of Texas System regents...
Texas State fraternity was under investigation before pledge’s death
 The death of a Texas State University student who attended an off-campus social event hosted by a fraternity could result in criminal charges, but no decision will be made until an extensive investigation is completed, San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp told the American-Statesman on Wednesday. “Any death in our community we take seriously...

Posted: 6 days ago

The death of a Texas State University student who attended an off-campus social event hosted by a fraternity could result in criminal charges, but no decision will be made until an extensive investigation is completed, San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp told the American-Statesman on Wednesday. “Any death in our community we take seriously...
Texas State University suspends Greek activities after pledge’s death
 Texas State University President Denise Trauth confirmed that a Phi Kappa Psi pledge died Monday after attending an off-campus fraternity event, and she announced an immediate suspension of all activities organized by fraternity and sorority chapters at the university while officials complete a review. Matthew McKinley Ellis, 20, was at an...

Posted: 7 days ago

Texas State University President Denise Trauth confirmed that a Phi Kappa Psi pledge died Monday after attending an off-campus fraternity event, and she announced an immediate suspension of all activities organized by fraternity and sorority chapters at the university while officials complete a review. Matthew McKinley Ellis, 20, was at an...
Four deaths make for grim weekend on Austin roads
 Two car wrecks, each causing two deaths, occurred within a few hours of each other Saturday on an unusually deadly weekend on Austin’s roads, police said. More than 60 traffic deaths have occurred in Austin in 2017, according to the Police Department. Though the city is not on track to surpass the 79 deaths on Austin roads last year...

Posted: 9 days ago

Two car wrecks, each causing two deaths, occurred within a few hours of each other Saturday on an unusually deadly weekend on Austin’s roads, police said. More than 60 traffic deaths have occurred in Austin in 2017, according to the Police Department. Though the city is not on track to surpass the 79 deaths on Austin roads last year...
Four deaths make for grim weekend on Austin roads
 Two car wrecks, each causing two deaths, occurred within a few hours of each other Saturday on an unusually deadly weekend on Austin’s roads, police said. More than 60 traffic deaths have occurred in Austin in 2017, according to the Police Department. Though the city is not on track to surpass the 79 deaths on Austin roads last year...

Posted: 9 days ago

Two car wrecks, each causing two deaths, occurred within a few hours of each other Saturday on an unusually deadly weekend on Austin’s roads, police said. More than 60 traffic deaths have occurred in Austin in 2017, according to the Police Department. Though the city is not on track to surpass the 79 deaths on Austin roads last year...
Bullet fired into display case to rob Dripping Springs jewelry store
 A jewelry store in Dripping Springs was robbed Saturday morning after a bullet was fired into a display case to gain access to jewelry, according to the Hays County sheriff’s office. Two suspects brandishing handguns entered Vik’s Jewelers on U.S. 290 shortly before 11:30 a.m. and ordered two employees to raise their hands, the...

Posted: 10 days ago

A jewelry store in Dripping Springs was robbed Saturday morning after a bullet was fired into a display case to gain access to jewelry, according to the Hays County sheriff’s office. Two suspects brandishing handguns entered Vik’s Jewelers on U.S. 290 shortly before 11:30 a.m. and ordered two employees to raise their hands, the...