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

Greg Kelley case fuels DA’s push for more scrutiny of felony charges
 With his about-to-be unveiled presentation beaming onto a big screen behind him, Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick stood before two dozen police investigators for a candid conversation. The focus of the discussion was what Dick views as his office’s responsibility to thoroughly vet a police investigation before proceeding...

Posted: 11 days ago

With his about-to-be unveiled presentation beaming onto a big screen behind him, Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick stood before two dozen police investigators for a candid conversation. The focus of the discussion was what Dick views as his office’s responsibility to thoroughly vet a police investigation before proceeding...
Greg Kelley case fuels DA’s push for more scrutiny of felony charges
 With his about-to-be unveiled presentation beaming onto a big screen behind him, Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick stood before two dozen police investigators for a candid conversation. The focus of the discussion was what Dick views as his office’s responsibility to thoroughly vet a police investigation before proceeding...

Posted: 11 days ago

With his about-to-be unveiled presentation beaming onto a big screen behind him, Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick stood before two dozen police investigators for a candid conversation. The focus of the discussion was what Dick views as his office’s responsibility to thoroughly vet a police investigation before proceeding...
Hundreds of true believers drawn to Greg Kelley sex assault case
 Each year, tens of thousands of child sexual assault abuse cases quietly churn through Texas courts, and sometimes, they also lead to appeals similar to that of Greg Kelley, who is seeking to have his conviction and mandatory 25-year prison sentence overturned. But in the four years since his arrest, Kelley’s case has sparked endless...

7:40 PM Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017

Each year, tens of thousands of child sexual assault abuse cases quietly churn through Texas courts, and sometimes, they also lead to appeals similar to that of Greg Kelley, who is seeking to have his conviction and mandatory 25-year prison sentence overturned. But in the four years since his arrest, Kelley’s case has sparked endless...
Hundreds of true believers drawn to Greg Kelley sex assault case
 Standing on the back of a pickup at Leander High School with a Radio Shack megaphone in his hand and hundreds of people staring at him, Jake Brydon realized he had just done something either really good or really, really bad. It was the summer of 2014, and the Williamson County construction company owner had kick-started an effort to help...

7:37 PM Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017

Standing on the back of a pickup at Leander High School with a Radio Shack megaphone in his hand and hundreds of people staring at him, Jake Brydon realized he had just done something either really good or really, really bad. It was the summer of 2014, and the Williamson County construction company owner had kick-started an effort to help...
Judge seeks extension in Greg Kelley sex assault case
 A state district judge will ask the state’s highest court for more time before she gives it her recommendations in the Greg Kelley case, Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick said Wednesday. Dick said Judge Donna King could need several more weeks, but possibly as long as December, before providing written recommendations about...

10:55 PM Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017

A state district judge will ask the state’s highest court for more time before she gives it her recommendations in the Greg Kelley case, Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick said Wednesday. Dick said Judge Donna King could need several more weeks, but possibly as long as December, before providing written recommendations about...
Harvey’s wrath takes psychological toll on survivors
 Jimmy Caraway was safe. It had been a week since he was evacuated from his east Houston apartment, a week since rescuers had plucked him from the rising waters he couldn’t escape on his own because of his debilitating arthritis. Now he was 12 miles away at the George R. Brown Convention Center, physically removed from the dangers that...

8:34 PM Saturday, Sep. 02, 2017

Jimmy Caraway was safe. It had been a week since he was evacuated from his east Houston apartment, a week since rescuers had plucked him from the rising waters he couldn’t escape on his own because of his debilitating arthritis. Now he was 12 miles away at the George R. Brown Convention Center, physically removed from the dangers that...
How do you find treasures in a thrift store? Follow our tips
 Mountains of clothes. Boxes of vintage glassware. Rooms stuffed with shoes, shirts, dresses, electronics, games and housewares. That’s what life behind the scenes of a thrift store looks like. When I started volunteering for Austin Pets Alive’s thrift store in May, I didn’t know what to expect at the new shop. Then I became...

5:00 AM Friday, Sep. 01, 2017

Mountains of clothes. Boxes of vintage glassware. Rooms stuffed with shoes, shirts, dresses, electronics, games and housewares. That’s what life behind the scenes of a thrift store looks like. When I started volunteering for Austin Pets Alive’s thrift store in May, I didn’t know what to expect at the new shop. Then I became...
HURRICANE HARVEY: Grim homecoming is the first step in recovery
 Two decades. That’s how long the Gomez family spent fixing up their Talton Street house just the way they liked it. The privacy gate, the garden benches, the treadmill in the back room. The flat-screen TV on the living room wall, the blue pictures of fish in the bathroom, the brand new cream-colored dining room chairs. On Thursday,...

11:20 PM Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

Two decades. That’s how long the Gomez family spent fixing up their Talton Street house just the way they liked it. The privacy gate, the garden benches, the treadmill in the back room. The flat-screen TV on the living room wall, the blue pictures of fish in the bathroom, the brand new cream-colored dining room chairs. On Thursday,...
Houston Chief Acevedo looked to time in Austin to prepare for Harvey
 As Hurricane Harvey took aim, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo immediately thought of the Onion Creek flood that struck Southeast Austin in 2013. The former Austin police chief remembered that flood gauges that could have alerted thousands of residents to grave danger failed in the storm, which wound up damaging about 600 homes and killing...

8:06 PM Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

As Hurricane Harvey took aim, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo immediately thought of the Onion Creek flood that struck Southeast Austin in 2013. The former Austin police chief remembered that flood gauges that could have alerted thousands of residents to grave danger failed in the storm, which wound up damaging about 600 homes and killing...
HURRICANE HARVEY: First sunny day brings hint of optimism after flood
 For Priscilla Hernandez and her eight children, the worst is over. Just days earlier, the family from northern Houston barely survived an ill-fated attempt to escape their trailer by wading through waist-high water in the middle of one of the worst storms to hit this city. Now they are safe. Sitting at a large round table at the George R...

11:15 PM Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

For Priscilla Hernandez and her eight children, the worst is over. Just days earlier, the family from northern Houston barely survived an ill-fated attempt to escape their trailer by wading through waist-high water in the middle of one of the worst storms to hit this city. Now they are safe. Sitting at a large round table at the George R...
HURRICANE HARVEY EVACUEE: ‘We are blessed in spite of this’
 Outside the George R. Brown Convention Center, survivors of Hurricane Harvey’s wrath on this city are already expressing a hint of optimism on the city’s first full rain-free day and as they consider how they will rebuild their lives. Scores of people stood outside under a cloudy sky that showed no signs of rain. Among them...

6:31 PM Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

Outside the George R. Brown Convention Center, survivors of Hurricane Harvey’s wrath on this city are already expressing a hint of optimism on the city’s first full rain-free day and as they consider how they will rebuild their lives. Scores of people stood outside under a cloudy sky that showed no signs of rain. Among them...