Taylor Goldenstein

Travis/Hays counties reporter

Taylor Goldenstein covers Travis and Hays counties and is also a breaking news reporter on Saturdays. Previously, she reported for the Los Angeles Times, where she contributed to the Pulitzer Prize-winning San Bernardino shooting coverage, as well as the Chicago Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. She hails from Buffalo Grove, a suburb of Chicago, and is a proud University of Illinois alumna. She joined the Statesman in September 2016. Follow her on Twitter @taygoldenstein.

Latest from Taylor Goldenstein

5 things to know about Travis County’s newest STAR Flight helicopters
 Travis County commissioners last month approved the $34 million purchase of three new helicopters for medical and other emergency rescues and for fire suppression through its STAR Flight program. An overview of the improvements: 1. Increased range: While the existing helicopters can only go about 130 miles on one tank of fuel, the new helicopters...

Posted: 2 days ago

Travis County commissioners last month approved the $34 million purchase of three new helicopters for medical and other emergency rescues and for fire suppression through its STAR Flight program. An overview of the improvements: 1. Increased range: While the existing helicopters can only go about 130 miles on one tank of fuel, the new helicopters...
Residents sue Central Health over funding of UT Dell Medical School
 After five years of arguing that the Travis County health district’s voter-approved contributions of taxpayer money to the University of Texas’ Dell Medical School are unlawful, activists have finally put the issue into the hands of a Travis County state judge. Travis County voters agreed in 2012 to raise Central Health&rsquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

After five years of arguing that the Travis County health district’s voter-approved contributions of taxpayer money to the University of Texas’ Dell Medical School are unlawful, activists have finally put the issue into the hands of a Travis County state judge. Travis County voters agreed in 2012 to raise Central Health&rsquo...
Plaintiff says Central Health needs to focus on ‘us poor people’
 After five years of arguing that the Travis County health district’s voter-approved contributions of taxpayer money to the University of Texas’ Dell Medical School are unlawful, activists have finally put the issue into the hands of a Travis County state judge. Travis County voters agreed in 2012 to raise Central Health&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

After five years of arguing that the Travis County health district’s voter-approved contributions of taxpayer money to the University of Texas’ Dell Medical School are unlawful, activists have finally put the issue into the hands of a Travis County state judge. Travis County voters agreed in 2012 to raise Central Health&rsquo...
Would taxpayers profit if Dell Medical School creates something new?
 One of the University of Texas’ Dell Medical School’s main goals — to transform healthcare delivery in the Austin area by innovating new models of care — has raised questions similar to those that might be overheard in a company conference room. If these models or any other innovations some day become intellectual...

Posted: 5 days ago

One of the University of Texas’ Dell Medical School’s main goals — to transform healthcare delivery in the Austin area by innovating new models of care — has raised questions similar to those that might be overheard in a company conference room. If these models or any other innovations some day become intellectual...
Travis County unveils larger, high-tech medical examiner’s office
 Forensic investigator Jennifer Giesecke said space is so tight in the old Travis County medical examiner’s office that she must share the room she uses to review skeletal remains with forensic pathologists doing autopsies. That means that if they’re occupying the space, her work has to wait. The new facility at 7723 Springdale...

Posted: 12 days ago

Forensic investigator Jennifer Giesecke said space is so tight in the old Travis County medical examiner’s office that she must share the room she uses to review skeletal remains with forensic pathologists doing autopsies. That means that if they’re occupying the space, her work has to wait. The new facility at 7723 Springdale...
Muerte tras deportación a México
 La esposa de Juan Coronilla Guerrero le advirtió a un juez federal esta primavera que a su esposo lo matarían si el gobierno de Estados Unidos llevaba a cabo su deportación. Su predicción se cumplió en septiembre. Tres meses después de que el ex residente de Austin fuera mandado de regreso al centro...

Posted: 12 days ago

La esposa de Juan Coronilla Guerrero le advirtió a un juez federal esta primavera que a su esposo lo matarían si el gobierno de Estados Unidos llevaba a cabo su deportación. Su predicción se cumplió en septiembre. Tres meses después de que el ex residente de Austin fuera mandado de regreso al centro...
Hays County Commissioner Will Conley steps down to run for judge
 Hays County Commissioner Will Conley is stepping down from his post to seek the Republican nomination for county judge, he announced Tuesday night at a press conference. County Judge Bert Cobb has been on leave since August as he battles cancer. Cobb is not seeking re-election when his term expires in 2018, Conley said. “These are critical...

Posted: 12 days ago

Hays County Commissioner Will Conley is stepping down from his post to seek the Republican nomination for county judge, he announced Tuesday night at a press conference. County Judge Bert Cobb has been on leave since August as he battles cancer. Cobb is not seeking re-election when his term expires in 2018, Conley said. “These are critical...
Travis commissioners put one of their own on Capital Metro board

Posted: 13 days ago

Travis County Commissioner Jeff Travillion will finish the term of longtime Capital Metro board member Beverly Silas, who resigned last week after her race-related comments sparked controversy. The commissioners court on Tuesday unanimously approved Travillion’s appointment to serve on the board until June 1, when Silas’ term...
Travis County approves $34 million purchase of STAR Flight helicopters
 The Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved the $34 million purchase of three helicopters to replace its aging fleet of STAR helicopters used for emergency medical transportation, search-and-rescue operations and fire suppression. The county is buying the helicopters from AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation. Each helicopter...

Posted: 13 days ago

The Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved the $34 million purchase of three helicopters to replace its aging fleet of STAR helicopters used for emergency medical transportation, search-and-rescue operations and fire suppression. The county is buying the helicopters from AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation. Each helicopter...
JUST IN: Travis commissioner to replace Silas on Capital Metro board
 Travis County Commissioner Jeff Travillion will finish the term of longtime Capital Metro board member Beverly Silas, who resigned last week after her race-related comments sparked controversy. The commissioners court on Tuesday unanimously approved Travillion’s appointment until June 1, when Silas’ term would have ended. &ldquo...

Posted: 13 days ago

Travis County Commissioner Jeff Travillion will finish the term of longtime Capital Metro board member Beverly Silas, who resigned last week after her race-related comments sparked controversy. The commissioners court on Tuesday unanimously approved Travillion’s appointment until June 1, when Silas’ term would have ended. &ldquo...
Trump’s rhetoric drawing full field of Democrats to congressional race
 It’s not unusual for the election of a Republican president to bring a surge of Democrats seeking seats in the mid-term elections. But Texas Democratic party leaders say the latest outpouring of enthusiasm and often anger-fueled passion spurred by President Donald Trump’s election is unmatched. “I’ve been recruiting...

Posted: 14 days ago

It’s not unusual for the election of a Republican president to bring a surge of Democrats seeking seats in the mid-term elections. But Texas Democratic party leaders say the latest outpouring of enthusiasm and often anger-fueled passion spurred by President Donald Trump’s election is unmatched. “I’ve been recruiting...