Jeremy Schwartz

Investigative reporter

Jeremy Schwartz is a member of the Austin American-Statesman's investigative team and focuses on military, veteran and border security issues. He previously served as the Statesman's correspondent in Mexico City from 2005 to 2009 covering politics, drug violence and immigration issues. Schwartz won the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors first place awards in 2015 for Best Online Project for a story about a failed Department of Veterans Affairs brain research program and Deadline Writing for his work on the 2014 SXSW crash. He also took 3rd Place in the Reporter of the Year category and Honorable Mention in the Freedom of Information category for a story on interior Border Patrol traffic stops. 

Latest from Jeremy Schwartz

Amid privacy concerns, ‘virtual’ wall brings powerful spy tech to border
 In the future imagined by the Department of Homeland Security, an army of small drones will hover over the southwestern border, outfitted with facial recognition technology that can cull criminal histories of people on the ground. Advanced cameras will instantly identify drivers and passengers as they cross international bridges into Mexico...

Posted: a day ago

In the future imagined by the Department of Homeland Security, an army of small drones will hover over the southwestern border, outfitted with facial recognition technology that can cull criminal histories of people on the ground. Advanced cameras will instantly identify drivers and passengers as they cross international bridges into Mexico...
Amid privacy concerns, ‘virtual’ wall brings powerful spy tech to Texas border
 In the future imagined by the Department of Homeland Security, an army of small drones will hover over the southwestern border, outfitted with facial recognition technology that can cull criminal histories of people on the ground. Advanced cameras will instantly identify drivers and passengers as they cross international bridges into...

Posted: a day ago

In the future imagined by the Department of Homeland Security, an army of small drones will hover over the southwestern border, outfitted with facial recognition technology that can cull criminal histories of people on the ground. Advanced cameras will instantly identify drivers and passengers as they cross international bridges into...
More than 100 call for ouster of Texas State Student Government leader
 More than 100 students rallied Monday night at Texas State University, calling for the ouster of Student Government President Connor Clegg at a raucous meeting of the student Senate. Student groups, including the Pan African Action Committee, said Clegg should be removed from office after several of his old Instagram posts surfaced last...

Posted: 18 days ago

More than 100 students rallied Monday night at Texas State University, calling for the ouster of Student Government President Connor Clegg at a raucous meeting of the student Senate. Student groups, including the Pan African Action Committee, said Clegg should be removed from office after several of his old Instagram posts surfaced last...
More than 100 call for ouster of Texas State’s student government president
 9 p.m. update: More than 100 students are addressing the Texas State student senate, calling for the ouster of Student Government President Connor Clegg at a raucous meeting of the student Senate. Dozens of students carrying signs with messages such as “Don’t defend racism” chanted “Hey hey, ho ho, Connor Clegg has...

Posted: 18 days ago

9 p.m. update: More than 100 students are addressing the Texas State student senate, calling for the ouster of Student Government President Connor Clegg at a raucous meeting of the student Senate. Dozens of students carrying signs with messages such as “Don’t defend racism” chanted “Hey hey, ho ho, Connor Clegg has...
Texas State student leader’s racist social media posts fuel outrage
 The Texas State University student government president faces calls for his resignation and an impeachment push from angry students after a series of his racist and sexist Instagram posts surfaced this week. Texas State senior Connor Clegg apologized for several posts from 2014 in which he made derogatory comments about Asian tourists during...

Posted: 21 days ago

The Texas State University student government president faces calls for his resignation and an impeachment push from angry students after a series of his racist and sexist Instagram posts surfaced this week. Texas State senior Connor Clegg apologized for several posts from 2014 in which he made derogatory comments about Asian tourists during...
Facial recognition scanners to be tested soon at Texas-Mexico border
 As early as this summer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will set up a pilot program to digitally scan the faces of drivers and passengers — while they are in moving vehicles — at the busy Anzalduas Port of Entry outside of McAllen, the agency announced Thursday. The agency will use the results of the South Texas effort to...

Posted: 22 days ago

As early as this summer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will set up a pilot program to digitally scan the faces of drivers and passengers — while they are in moving vehicles — at the busy Anzalduas Port of Entry outside of McAllen, the agency announced Thursday. The agency will use the results of the South Texas effort to...
Facial recognition scanners to be tested soon at Texas-Mexico border
 U.S. Customs and Border Protection has long sought a way to identify the millions of travelers who leave the country each year through land border crossings into Mexico and Canada. The logistical hurdles have been monumental: At the U.S.-Mexico border in particular, setting up an exit checkpoint could cause disastrous traffic backups and...

Posted: 22 days ago

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has long sought a way to identify the millions of travelers who leave the country each year through land border crossings into Mexico and Canada. The logistical hurdles have been monumental: At the U.S.-Mexico border in particular, setting up an exit checkpoint could cause disastrous traffic backups and...
Austin may join boycott of border wall contractors, as feds cry foul
 As the Austin City Council considers joining dozens of other cities in refusing to do business with companies involved with border wall construction, the Homeland Security Department’s second-in-command blasted the idea Wednesday, implying it is undemocratic. Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke said “we shouldn’t be tolerating&rdquo...

Posted: 23 days ago

As the Austin City Council considers joining dozens of other cities in refusing to do business with companies involved with border wall construction, the Homeland Security Department’s second-in-command blasted the idea Wednesday, implying it is undemocratic. Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke said “we shouldn’t be tolerating&rdquo...
Austin may join boycott of border wall contractors, as feds cry foul
 As the Austin City Council considers joining dozens of other cities in refusing to do business with companies involved with border wall construction, the Department of Homeland Security’s second-in-command blasted the idea Wednesday morning, implying it is undemocratic. Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke said the practice of “blackball(ing)&rdquo...

Posted: 23 days ago

As the Austin City Council considers joining dozens of other cities in refusing to do business with companies involved with border wall construction, the Department of Homeland Security’s second-in-command blasted the idea Wednesday morning, implying it is undemocratic. Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke said the practice of “blackball(ing)&rdquo...
New PTSD study shows recovery for Fort Hood soldiers in just two weeks
 A recent Fort Hood-based study holds hope for a speedy recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms — in as little as two weeks — for service members returning from combat. Researchers say the study, which involved 370 active-duty service members seeking PTSD treatment, has already led to a Defense Department directive...

Posted: 28 days ago

A recent Fort Hood-based study holds hope for a speedy recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms — in as little as two weeks — for service members returning from combat. Researchers say the study, which involved 370 active-duty service members seeking PTSD treatment, has already led to a Defense Department directive...
The VA targets another landscaping purchasing scheme – this time in Massachusetts
 Even as
             VA investigators continue to 
            probe a wide-ranging conspiracy involving potentially illegal purchase orders and the
             theft of landscaping equipment at the agency’s Temple campus, the
             Office of Special Counsel is urging the removal of a VA employee accused...

Posted: 29 days ago

Even as  VA investigators continue to probe a wide-ranging conspiracy involving potentially illegal purchase orders and the  theft of landscaping equipment at the agency’s Temple campus, the Office of Special Counsel is urging the removal of a VA employee accused...