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

Lockhart balloon crash prompts call for medical checks on pilots
 At its final hearing into the incident, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday that the Federal Aviation Administration’s lack of oversight of commercial balloon pilots contributed to the deadly Lockhart balloon crash, which killed the pilot and all 15 paying passengers in July 2016. The safety board recommended...

Posted: 4 days ago

At its final hearing into the incident, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday that the Federal Aviation Administration’s lack of oversight of commercial balloon pilots contributed to the deadly Lockhart balloon crash, which killed the pilot and all 15 paying passengers in July 2016. The safety board recommended...
NTSB calls on FAA to require medical checks for hot air balloon pilots
 Update 10:09 a.m.: The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration require medical checks for commercial hot air balloon pilots, setting the stage for a showdown between the agencies. The NTSB found that the FAA’s medical certificate exemption for balloon pilots contributed...

Posted: 5 days ago

Update 10:09 a.m.: The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration require medical checks for commercial hot air balloon pilots, setting the stage for a showdown between the agencies. The NTSB found that the FAA’s medical certificate exemption for balloon pilots contributed...
Will regulators shrug off the Lockhart balloon crash that killed 16?
 When balloon pilot Alfred “Skip” Nichols crashed his nine-story-tall hot air balloon into power lines near Lockhart in July 2016, the deadliest hot air balloon crash in modern American history did more than kill 16 people. It upended the lives of countless family members and loved ones. The toll on Patricia Morgan’s family...

Posted: 8 days ago

When balloon pilot Alfred “Skip” Nichols crashed his nine-story-tall hot air balloon into power lines near Lockhart in July 2016, the deadliest hot air balloon crash in modern American history did more than kill 16 people. It upended the lives of countless family members and loved ones. The toll on Patricia Morgan’s family...
Wildlife officials stand by dire warning of Texas border wall’s impact
 A decade ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a blistering rejection of a border fence along the Rio Grande in South Texas, writing that the barrier would probably lead to “serious, and likely irreparable, wildlife and habitat loss and damage.” In internal memos, top officials with the agency in Texas wrote that a border...

Posted: 22 days ago

A decade ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a blistering rejection of a border fence along the Rio Grande in South Texas, writing that the barrier would probably lead to “serious, and likely irreparable, wildlife and habitat loss and damage.” In internal memos, top officials with the agency in Texas wrote that a border...
On the Texas coast, a hurricane recovery haunted by the past
 Between the beaches of Port Aransas and the vacation rentals of Port O’Connor, the Texas coast is filled with small towns that suffered massive damage in Hurricane Harvey. For some, the hurricane will forever alter the course of their future: Already in Bayside (pop. 333, and falling), at least eight families, close to 10 percent of...

Posted: 23 days ago

Between the beaches of Port Aransas and the vacation rentals of Port O’Connor, the Texas coast is filled with small towns that suffered massive damage in Hurricane Harvey. For some, the hurricane will forever alter the course of their future: Already in Bayside (pop. 333, and falling), at least eight families, close to 10 percent of...
REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: Shrimp nets shredded in Harvey’s aftermath, but work must go on
 The shrimp all but disappeared those first weeks after Hurricane Harvey along the Texas Gulf Coast. Instead of seafood, Benny Torres, who lives in the city of Seadrift, pulled up all sorts of ghastly objects in his shrimp nets, including tree limbs and metal siding that ripped his nets apart and took hours to disentangle and sew up. Worse...

Posted: 24 days ago

The shrimp all but disappeared those first weeks after Hurricane Harvey along the Texas Gulf Coast. Instead of seafood, Benny Torres, who lives in the city of Seadrift, pulled up all sorts of ghastly objects in his shrimp nets, including tree limbs and metal siding that ripped his nets apart and took hours to disentangle and sew up. Worse...
DPS identifies 2 arrested at anti-fascism protest at Capitol
 6:30 p.m. update: The Texas Department of of Public Safety identified two protesters troopers arrested Saturday while trying to break up “a physical altercation in the crowd,” according to a DPS press release.  Andrew J. Alemao, 29 of Iowa City, Iowa, is accused of assaulting a trooper, a third degree felony, and attempting...

Posted: 28 days ago

6:30 p.m. update: The Texas Department of of Public Safety identified two protesters troopers arrested Saturday while trying to break up “a physical altercation in the crowd,” according to a DPS press release.  Andrew J. Alemao, 29 of Iowa City, Iowa, is accused of assaulting a trooper, a third degree felony, and attempting...
Officials: Northwest Austin fire caused by electrical failure
 Update 9:04 p.m.: The Austin Fire Deparment said the fire that engulfed a large commercial building in Northwest Austin Saturday morning was caused by an electrical failure. The accidental fire at the building on Roxie Drive, which houses a number of businesses, caused $800,000 in damages, according to officials. Earlier: Fire crews could...

Posted: 29 days ago

Update 9:04 p.m.: The Austin Fire Deparment said the fire that engulfed a large commercial building in Northwest Austin Saturday morning was caused by an electrical failure. The accidental fire at the building on Roxie Drive, which houses a number of businesses, caused $800,000 in damages, according to officials. Earlier: Fire crews could...
Nuevos planes para el muro fronterizo
 El alcance total de las ambiciones de la administración del presidente Donald Trump sobre el muro fronterizo en el área del Valle del Río Grande surgieron a mediados de agosto con la revelación de que la Patrulla Fronteriza tiene planes de construir 32 millas de esta barrera en el condado de Starr, donde las preocupaciones...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017

El alcance total de las ambiciones de la administración del presidente Donald Trump sobre el muro fronterizo en el área del Valle del Río Grande surgieron a mediados de agosto con la revelación de que la Patrulla Fronteriza tiene planes de construir 32 millas de esta barrera en el condado de Starr, donde las preocupaciones...
567 million reasons why Houston faces long, tough recovery from Harvey
 As the victims of Hurricane Harvey dry out and begin to contemplate the unimaginably huge task ahead of them rebuilding communities devastated by a historic disaster, here is number to keep in mind: $567,000,000. In September 2008, following the one-two punch of Hurricanes Ike and Dolly, Congress allocated $3.1 billion in disaster recovery...

10:26 PM Friday, Sep. 01, 2017

As the victims of Hurricane Harvey dry out and begin to contemplate the unimaginably huge task ahead of them rebuilding communities devastated by a historic disaster, here is number to keep in mind: $567,000,000. In September 2008, following the one-two punch of Hurricanes Ike and Dolly, Congress allocated $3.1 billion in disaster recovery...