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

Cartels stalk candidates ahead of July 1 election in Mexico
 Around five a.m. on a Sunday morning earlier this month, a convoy of trucks carrying heavily armed men entered the small, rural town of Ignacio Zaragoza, about 200 miles south of El Paso in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua. A half hour later, a dozen buildings were ablaze and eight people were dead. The extreme violence was targeted...

Posted: a day ago

Around five a.m. on a Sunday morning earlier this month, a convoy of trucks carrying heavily armed men entered the small, rural town of Ignacio Zaragoza, about 200 miles south of El Paso in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua. A half hour later, a dozen buildings were ablaze and eight people were dead. The extreme violence was targeted...
Cartels stalk candidates ahead of July 1 election in Mexico
 Around five a.m. on a Sunday morning earlier this month, a convoy of trucks carrying heavily armed men entered the small, rural town of Ignacio Zaragoza, about 200 miles south of El Paso in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua. A half hour later, a dozen buildings were ablaze and eight people were dead. The extreme violence was targeted...

Posted: 2 days ago

Around five a.m. on a Sunday morning earlier this month, a convoy of trucks carrying heavily armed men entered the small, rural town of Ignacio Zaragoza, about 200 miles south of El Paso in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua. A half hour later, a dozen buildings were ablaze and eight people were dead. The extreme violence was targeted...
Cornyn seeks to ensure prosecution of juvenile sexual assault on bases
 U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, filed legislation this week to plug a jurisdictional gap on military bases that has allowed hundreds of sexual assaults committed by juveniles to go unprosecuted. Co-sponsored by New York Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Maine Independent Angus King, provisions of the bill have been included in the 2019...

Posted: 3 days ago

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, filed legislation this week to plug a jurisdictional gap on military bases that has allowed hundreds of sexual assaults committed by juveniles to go unprosecuted. Co-sponsored by New York Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Maine Independent Angus King, provisions of the bill have been included in the 2019...
Cornyn bill targets prosecution of juvenile sex assaults on base
 Sen. John Cornyn has filed legislation that seeks to plug a jurisdictional gap on military bases that has allowed hundreds of sexual assaults committed by juveniles to go unprosecuted in recent years and decades. Cornyn is the second Texas lawmaker to push for a solution to the issue, which the American-Statesman revealed in a 2015 investigation...

Posted: 3 days ago

Sen. John Cornyn has filed legislation that seeks to plug a jurisdictional gap on military bases that has allowed hundreds of sexual assaults committed by juveniles to go unprosecuted in recent years and decades. Cornyn is the second Texas lawmaker to push for a solution to the issue, which the American-Statesman revealed in a 2015 investigation...
El posible impacto de López Obrador
 Ningún candidato presidencial en México se ha beneficiado más de la postura anti-mexicana de la administración del presidente estadounidense Donald Trump que el candidato Andrés Manuel López Obrador, un nacionalista de la izquierda que estuvo a punto de ganar la presidencia hace 12 años. &ldquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

Ningún candidato presidencial en México se ha beneficiado más de la postura anti-mexicana de la administración del presidente estadounidense Donald Trump que el candidato Andrés Manuel López Obrador, un nacionalista de la izquierda que estuvo a punto de ganar la presidencia hace 12 años. &ldquo...
Frustration in West after EPA does away with chemical plant rules
 Five years after the fatal explosion of the West Fertilizer plant exposed wide gaps in oversight of chemical facilities, it appears the disaster won’t result in significant federal reforms or regulatory overhaul. The Environmental Protection Agency has announced proposed rules that will not include many of the Obama administration regulations...

Posted: 8 days ago

Five years after the fatal explosion of the West Fertilizer plant exposed wide gaps in oversight of chemical facilities, it appears the disaster won’t result in significant federal reforms or regulatory overhaul. The Environmental Protection Agency has announced proposed rules that will not include many of the Obama administration regulations...
Mexico frontrunner could stymie U.S. cooperation on cartels, migration
 The man who comfortably leads the pack in the race for Mexico’s presidency launched his campaign along the Mexico-Texas border, a few hundred yards from the border wall that has bolstered his candidacy. The location was no coincidence. “Neither Mexico nor its people will be the piñata of any foreign government,” André...

Posted: 10 days ago

The man who comfortably leads the pack in the race for Mexico’s presidency launched his campaign along the Mexico-Texas border, a few hundred yards from the border wall that has bolstered his candidacy. The location was no coincidence. “Neither Mexico nor its people will be the piñata of any foreign government,” André...
Lawmakers want answers on $543M tech contract bungled by the VA
 Frustrated lawmakers took aim at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ handling of a troubled technology contract with Austin connections on Tuesday, demanding discipline for employees who might have bungled the $543 million contract and blasting the agency for its lack of transparency. The 2012 contract, managed in part by Austin-based...

Posted: 18 days ago

Frustrated lawmakers took aim at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ handling of a troubled technology contract with Austin connections on Tuesday, demanding discipline for employees who might have bungled the $543 million contract and blasting the agency for its lack of transparency. The 2012 contract, managed in part by Austin-based...
House committee blasts VA over troubled $543 million tech contract
 Update 7:30 p.m.: VA officials said that while the contract extension called for RTLS work to be finished by June, it now expects completion by the end of the year. The VA then plans to study the “return on investment” and study the project’s benefits before deciding whether to expand to remaining facilities. Update 3:43...

Posted: 19 days ago

Update 7:30 p.m.: VA officials said that while the contract extension called for RTLS work to be finished by June, it now expects completion by the end of the year. The VA then plans to study the “return on investment” and study the project’s benefits before deciding whether to expand to remaining facilities. Update 3:43...
Audio series examines DEA culpability in 2011 Allende massacre
 When the Zetas arrived in Allende a decade ago, they infiltrated the very fiber of the hardscrabble ranching and coal mining town about 45 minutes south of the Rio Grande and the Texas city of Eagle Pass. The cartel members started construction companies and money exchange businesses. They hosted concerts and opened restaurants. They showed...

Posted: 26 days ago

When the Zetas arrived in Allende a decade ago, they infiltrated the very fiber of the hardscrabble ranching and coal mining town about 45 minutes south of the Rio Grande and the Texas city of Eagle Pass. The cartel members started construction companies and money exchange businesses. They hosted concerts and opened restaurants. They showed...
VA plans to move popular Waco PTSD program despite loud opposition
 Despite outcry from lawmakers and veterans groups, the Department of Veterans Affairs is pushing forward on a controversial plan to move a highly regarded residential PTSD program from its Waco campus to the VA’s Temple campus. A similar plan was shut down two years ago in the face of congressional opposition and U.S. Rep. Bill Flores...

Posted: 29 days ago

Despite outcry from lawmakers and veterans groups, the Department of Veterans Affairs is pushing forward on a controversial plan to move a highly regarded residential PTSD program from its Waco campus to the VA’s Temple campus. A similar plan was shut down two years ago in the face of congressional opposition and U.S. Rep. Bill Flores...