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

Texas border wall map looks a lot like private firm’s proposal
 The recently revealed map of Trump administration plans for new border wall segments in Hidalgo County is almost identical to a proposal drafted by a politically connected private engineering firm and endorsed by Hidalgo County officials in February. In a letter to the Homeland Security Department, Hidalgo County officials proposed a partnership...

Posted: 7 days ago

The recently revealed map of Trump administration plans for new border wall segments in Hidalgo County is almost identical to a proposal drafted by a politically connected private engineering firm and endorsed by Hidalgo County officials in February. In a letter to the Homeland Security Department, Hidalgo County officials proposed a partnership...
New map details Trump’s Texas border wall plan, renewing flood concerns
 The full scope of the Trump administration’s border wall ambitions in the Rio Grande Valley emerged this week with the revelation that the U.S. Border Patrol has plans to build 32 miles of barrier in Starr County, where flooding concerns helped kill off similar plans half a decade ago. According to a Border Patrol map shown to local...

Posted: 10 days ago

The full scope of the Trump administration’s border wall ambitions in the Rio Grande Valley emerged this week with the revelation that the U.S. Border Patrol has plans to build 32 miles of barrier in Starr County, where flooding concerns helped kill off similar plans half a decade ago. According to a Border Patrol map shown to local...
New map details Trump’s Texas border wall plan, renewing flood concerns
 The full scope of the Trump administration’s border wall ambitions in the Rio Grande Valley emerged this week with the revelation that the U.S. Border Patrol has plans to build 32 miles of barrier in Starr County, where flooding concerns helped kill off similar plans half a decade ago. According to a Border Patrol map shown to local...

Posted: 10 days ago

The full scope of the Trump administration’s border wall ambitions in the Rio Grande Valley emerged this week with the revelation that the U.S. Border Patrol has plans to build 32 miles of barrier in Starr County, where flooding concerns helped kill off similar plans half a decade ago. According to a Border Patrol map shown to local...
Bastrop oil spill stirs Austin’s angst over Longhorn pipeline
 Six months before a maintenance crew caused an 87,000-gallon crude oil spill in Bastrop County on July 13, the pipeline’s owner and operator agreed to pay $18 million in penalties and remediation efforts related to three spills that fouled waterways in three states, including a 20,000-gallon spill in Texas City. As part of...

Posted: 15 days ago

Six months before a maintenance crew caused an 87,000-gallon crude oil spill in Bastrop County on July 13, the pipeline’s owner and operator agreed to pay $18 million in penalties and remediation efforts related to three spills that fouled waterways in three states, including a 20,000-gallon spill in Texas City. As part of...
Border wall may sidestep review and cut off access to wildlife refuge
 The Trump administration’s push to build a border wall through sensitive wildlife refuge lands in the Rio Grande Valley will face minimal, if any, scrutiny of environmental or other impacts, experts and former federal officials told the American-Statesman. The Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge, a popular birding destination near McAllen that...

Posted: 29 days ago

The Trump administration’s push to build a border wall through sensitive wildlife refuge lands in the Rio Grande Valley will face minimal, if any, scrutiny of environmental or other impacts, experts and former federal officials told the American-Statesman. The Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge, a popular birding destination near McAllen that...
GULF WAR ILLNESS: Waco VA office denies 92% of veteran benefit claims
 Department of Veterans Affairs benefits officials in Waco have denied a whopping 92 percent of claims related to Gulf War Illness, giving Central Texas veterans one of the highest denial rates in the nation, according to data in a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report. The report found serious and persistent problems with how...

3:22 PM Thursday, Jul. 20, 2017

Department of Veterans Affairs benefits officials in Waco have denied a whopping 92 percent of claims related to Gulf War Illness, giving Central Texas veterans one of the highest denial rates in the nation, according to data in a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report. The report found serious and persistent problems with how...
Waco Veterans Affairs office denies 92% of Gulf War claims
 Department of Veterans Affairs benefits officials in Waco have denied a whopping 92 percent of claims related to Gulf War illness, giving Central Texas veterans one of the highest denial rates in the nation, according to data in a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report. The report found serious and persistent problems with how...

3:20 PM Thursday, Jul. 20, 2017

Department of Veterans Affairs benefits officials in Waco have denied a whopping 92 percent of claims related to Gulf War illness, giving Central Texas veterans one of the highest denial rates in the nation, according to data in a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report. The report found serious and persistent problems with how...
Texas sees surge in foreign purchases of agricultural land
 With good reason, Texas politicos like to brag on the state’s agricultural exploits: Texas leads the nation when it comes to cattle, cotton and hay production and boasts more farms and ranches than any other state in the union. But Texas agriculture has another distinction that gets considerably less attention. Over the last ten years...

3:22 PM Friday, Jul. 14, 2017

With good reason, Texas politicos like to brag on the state’s agricultural exploits: Texas leads the nation when it comes to cattle, cotton and hay production and boasts more farms and ranches than any other state in the union. But Texas agriculture has another distinction that gets considerably less attention. Over the last ten years...
Texas leads U.S. in number of farms. It also leads in foreign-bought agricultural land.
 With good reason, Texas politicos like to brag on the state’s agricultural exploits: Texas leads the nation when it comes to cattle, cotton and hay production and boasts more farms and ranches than any other state in the union. But Texas agriculture has another distinction that gets considerably less attention. Over the last ten years...

3:18 PM Friday, Jul. 14, 2017

With good reason, Texas politicos like to brag on the state’s agricultural exploits: Texas leads the nation when it comes to cattle, cotton and hay production and boasts more farms and ranches than any other state in the union. But Texas agriculture has another distinction that gets considerably less attention. Over the last ten years...
VA releases list, but is mum on why employees were fired

8:17 PM Monday, Jul. 10, 2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs last week released its first public list of fired and disciplined employees, an initiative of its newly created Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection. The list, which includes job descriptions, but not names of disciplined employees, is meant to increase transparency and accountability...
VA’s first public list of fired employees includes Texas workers
 As part of a push for increased transparency, the Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday released a list of nearly 700 employees who have been fired, suspended or demoted since January, including two dozen from the VA region that includes Central Texas. Most of the local firings are of lower-level workers, including nurses, medical assistants...

9:09 PM Friday, Jul. 07, 2017

As part of a push for increased transparency, the Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday released a list of nearly 700 employees who have been fired, suspended or demoted since January, including two dozen from the VA region that includes Central Texas. Most of the local firings are of lower-level workers, including nurses, medical assistants...