Taylor Goldenstein

Travis/Hays counties reporter

Taylor Goldenstein covers Travis and Hays counties and is also a breaking news reporter on Saturdays. Previously, she reported for the Los Angeles Times, where she contributed to the Pulitzer Prize-winning San Bernardino shooting coverage, as well as the Chicago Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. She hails from Buffalo Grove, a suburb of Chicago, and is a proud University of Illinois alumna. She joined the Statesman in September 2016. Follow her on Twitter @taygoldenstein.

Latest from Taylor Goldenstein

Travis GOP chair will run for re-election in March
 Travis County Republican Party Chairman Matt Mackowiak announced Thursday that he will run for re-election. Mackowiak was elected in June to finish one year of the unexpired term of James Dickey, who stepped down after being elected chair of the state GOP. If voters pick him in the March Republican primary, Mackowiak would serve a full, two-year...

Posted: 5 days ago

Travis County Republican Party Chairman Matt Mackowiak announced Thursday that he will run for re-election. Mackowiak was elected in June to finish one year of the unexpired term of James Dickey, who stepped down after being elected chair of the state GOP. If voters pick him in the March Republican primary, Mackowiak would serve a full, two-year...
Travis County GOP chairman announces re-election bid
 Travis County Republican Party Chairman Matt Mackowiak announced Thursday that he will run for re-election. Mackowiak was elected in June to finish one year of the unexpired term of James Dickey, who stepped down after being elected chair of the state GOP. If voters pick him in the March Republican primary, Mackowiak would serve a full, two-year...

Posted: 5 days ago

Travis County Republican Party Chairman Matt Mackowiak announced Thursday that he will run for re-election. Mackowiak was elected in June to finish one year of the unexpired term of James Dickey, who stepped down after being elected chair of the state GOP. If voters pick him in the March Republican primary, Mackowiak would serve a full, two-year...
Pence, in Austin, stresses federal commitment to Harvey recovery
 On the day that Vice President Mike Pence visited the South Texas city of Victoria after Hurricane Harvey, one he said he’ll never forget, he noticed that volunteers were distinguishable by their T-shirt colors. A few were wearing blue, and many were wearing red. Pence, who was in Austin on Wednesday to receive a briefing from Federal...

Posted: 6 days ago

On the day that Vice President Mike Pence visited the South Texas city of Victoria after Hurricane Harvey, one he said he’ll never forget, he noticed that volunteers were distinguishable by their T-shirt colors. A few were wearing blue, and many were wearing red. Pence, who was in Austin on Wednesday to receive a briefing from Federal...
Vice President Pence says he’s committed to Texas’ Harvey recovery
 Update 3 p.m.: Vice President Mike Pence, in Austin to receive a briefing from Federal Emergency Management Agency officials on Hurricane Harvey response, praised state and federal leaders for the way they have handled the disaster recovery. “President Trump asked me to be here today not only for an update but also as continuing our...

Posted: 6 days ago

Update 3 p.m.: Vice President Mike Pence, in Austin to receive a briefing from Federal Emergency Management Agency officials on Hurricane Harvey response, praised state and federal leaders for the way they have handled the disaster recovery. “President Trump asked me to be here today not only for an update but also as continuing our...
Travis County approves $1.8 million in employee raises
 Travis County commissioners on Tuesday approved $1.8 million in raises for some county employees, saying the extra pay was needed to keep up with market changes. The increases, which span the areas of finance, social services and maintenance and will affect 649 employees, come as a result of a benchmark study done by county staff. Commissioners...

Posted: 7 days ago

Travis County commissioners on Tuesday approved $1.8 million in raises for some county employees, saying the extra pay was needed to keep up with market changes. The increases, which span the areas of finance, social services and maintenance and will affect 649 employees, come as a result of a benchmark study done by county staff. Commissioners...
Wynne, Limon-Mercado announce bids for Travis Democratic Party chair
 Dyana Limon-Mercado, an executive with a Planned Parenthood advocacy group, and Anne Wynne, an attorney, have thrown their hats into the ring for Travis County Democratic Party chair. Limon-Mercado is the deputy executive director for Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, the political and advocacy arm for Planned Parenthood in Texas. “I&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

Dyana Limon-Mercado, an executive with a Planned Parenthood advocacy group, and Anne Wynne, an attorney, have thrown their hats into the ring for Travis County Democratic Party chair. Limon-Mercado is the deputy executive director for Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, the political and advocacy arm for Planned Parenthood in Texas. “I&rsquo...
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...
Two dead after vehicle fire on East Riverside Drive
 9 p.m. update: Police, arson specialists and the medical examiner’s office are investigating a fiery crash that claimed two lives in the 6400 block of East Riverside Drive shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday. “Speed’s possibly a factor, but it’s not clear at this moment” pending further investigation, said Christopher...

Posted: 10 days ago

9 p.m. update: Police, arson specialists and the medical examiner’s office are investigating a fiery crash that claimed two lives in the 6400 block of East Riverside Drive shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday. “Speed’s possibly a factor, but it’s not clear at this moment” pending further investigation, said Christopher...
Police: Threats of shootings made at Manor High, South Austin church
 Authorities on Friday arrested two people accused of making separate threats of mass shootings — one of them a Manor High School student who allegedly threatened a Columbine-style attack at his school and the other a woman who showed up at a South Austin church with a shotgun, according to reports. The two incidents reflect a heightened...

Posted: 10 days ago

Authorities on Friday arrested two people accused of making separate threats of mass shootings — one of them a Manor High School student who allegedly threatened a Columbine-style attack at his school and the other a woman who showed up at a South Austin church with a shotgun, according to reports. The two incidents reflect a heightened...
At Camp Ax, burn survivors rejoin friends and suit up as firefighters
 Going to camps designed for burn survivors is so common within the burn survivor community that many can recall at exactly which retreat they met which friend. But once those survivors reach their teenage years, the selection of camps thins out. Most are geared toward children, such as the well-known Camp David, a weeklong event in Kerrville...

Posted: 10 days ago

Going to camps designed for burn survivors is so common within the burn survivor community that many can recall at exactly which retreat they met which friend. But once those survivors reach their teenage years, the selection of camps thins out. Most are geared toward children, such as the well-known Camp David, a weeklong event in Kerrville...