James Barragan

Business reporter

James Barragan covers Latino issues, community affairs and nonprofits for the Austin American-Statesman. He enjoys local news, coffee and a good records request. He believes in local reporting that keeps decision-makers accountable. On his off-time he can be found searching for the best Al Pastor tacos in Austin.

Latest from James Barragan

Two people dead after crash in Hays County

2:20 AM Tuesday, Jan. 03, 2017

Two people died Monday night in a fatal crash in Hays County, authorities said. The crash happened around 7:45 p.m. on State Highway 21, just south of Farm to Market Road 2001, according to the Department of Public Safety. Two people were confirmed dead. Two other people were involved in the crash: a two-year old child who was taken to Dell...
Three people displaced by fire in Northwest Austin duplex

10:12 PM Monday, Jan. 02, 2017

5:37 p.m. update: Three people have been displaced from their home after a fire at a duplex in Northwest Austin, authorities said. Firefighters responded to the fire at a duplex on the 8100 block of Tuscarora Trail at 4:44 p.m. Less than an hour later, firefighters had put out the fire but the duplex had received heavy damage to both sides...
Man arrested for firing shots into air to scare New Year revelers

10:02 PM Monday, Jan. 02, 2017

An Austin man was arrested early New Year’s Day for firing a gun in the air to scare off neighbors who were popping firecrackers in his neighborhood, according to police. Shawn Smith, 40, was arrested for discharging a firearm in certain municipalities. He was not in custody as of Monday afternoon. Police responded to a call of shots...
Manor teenager arrested after threatening father, shooting at police
 An 18-year-old Manor man was arrested early New Year’s Day after he threatened his father with a knife and fired on officers responding to a police call at his home, police said. Allen Gordon remained in custody at the Travis County Jail Monday afternoon on counts of aggravated assault against a public servant and aggravated assault...

9:14 PM Monday, Jan. 02, 2017

An 18-year-old Manor man was arrested early New Year’s Day after he threatened his father with a knife and fired on officers responding to a police call at his home, police said. Allen Gordon remained in custody at the Travis County Jail Monday afternoon on counts of aggravated assault against a public servant and aggravated assault...
Plenty of nonprofits looking for holiday help
 For many nonprofit, charity and community organizations, the December holiday season is a very busy time of giving as well as fundraising. This December, you can help out the groups that help out so many others. Here is the first of our weekly columns during the holiday season to connect you with groups that need help. Mission: Caritas of...

6:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 04, 2016

For many nonprofit, charity and community organizations, the December holiday season is a very busy time of giving as well as fundraising. This December, you can help out the groups that help out so many others. Here is the first of our weekly columns during the holiday season to connect you with groups that need help. Mission: Caritas of...
Austin Monitor teams with website to amplify nonprofit coverage
 Covering the philanthropy beat in Austin is a tall task. There is some dispute over the actual number, but it is estimated that there are more than 5,600 nonprofits in the Austin metro area, which makes the region one of the densest with regards to nonprofits per capita in the country and the densest in the state of Texas and the southwest...

6:00 AM Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

Covering the philanthropy beat in Austin is a tall task. There is some dispute over the actual number, but it is estimated that there are more than 5,600 nonprofits in the Austin metro area, which makes the region one of the densest with regards to nonprofits per capita in the country and the densest in the state of Texas and the southwest...
Gobierno mexicano no abordará públicamente planes de Trump
 El diplomático mexicano de mayor rango en Norteamérica dijo el lunes 14 que su gobierno no comentará públicamente sobre la construcción de un muro en la frontera sur de Estados Unidos, deportaciones ni cualquier otro asunto discutido durante la campaña presidencial estadounidense, hasta que el presidente...

4:39 PM Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

El diplomático mexicano de mayor rango en Norteamérica dijo el lunes 14 que su gobierno no comentará públicamente sobre la construcción de un muro en la frontera sur de Estados Unidos, deportaciones ni cualquier otro asunto discutido durante la campaña presidencial estadounidense, hasta que el presidente...
Mexican official strikes cautious tone when discussing Trump’s policies
 In what can be seen as the extension of a diplomatic olive branch, the highest-ranking Mexican diplomat in North America said Monday that his government was not going to publicly engage in conversations about a border wall, deportations or any other issues discussed in the U.S. presidential campaign until after President-elect Donald Trump...

12:42 AM Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

In what can be seen as the extension of a diplomatic olive branch, the highest-ranking Mexican diplomat in North America said Monday that his government was not going to publicly engage in conversations about a border wall, deportations or any other issues discussed in the U.S. presidential campaign until after President-elect Donald Trump...
Inmigrantes indocumentados de Austin en alerta tras victoria de Trump
 A medida que los resultados de la elección presidencial del martes 8 comenzaron a mostrar que el candidato republicano Donald Trump llevaba la ventaja, Sheridan Aguirre recibió una llamada de su hermano de 10 años. Él niño estaba preocupado de que Trump ganará la presidencia y deportara a los miembros...

3:20 PM Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016

A medida que los resultados de la elección presidencial del martes 8 comenzaron a mostrar que el candidato republicano Donald Trump llevaba la ventaja, Sheridan Aguirre recibió una llamada de su hermano de 10 años. Él niño estaba preocupado de que Trump ganará la presidencia y deportara a los miembros...
For unauthorized immigrant community, Trump’s election sparks fear
 As election results began pouring in Tuesday night showing Republican candidate Donald Trump with a surprising lead, Sheridan Aguirre received a phone call from his 10-year-old brother. He was worried that Trump would win the presidency and deport his family members, said Aguirre, who is an immigrant and works for the immigrant advocacy group...

12:29 AM Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016

As election results began pouring in Tuesday night showing Republican candidate Donald Trump with a surprising lead, Sheridan Aguirre received a phone call from his 10-year-old brother. He was worried that Trump would win the presidency and deport his family members, said Aguirre, who is an immigrant and works for the immigrant advocacy group...
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On Election Night, five Austin City Council seats are up for grabs, and the fate of a $720 million transportation bond to address the city’s traffic problems will be determined.

5:10 PM Tuesday, Nov. 08, 2016

On Election Night, five Austin City Council seats are up for grabs, and the fate of a $720 million transportation bond to address the city’s traffic problems will be determined.