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

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: 9 hours 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: 4 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: 5 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: 14 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: 14 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: 22 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: 25 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...
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 post-traumatic stress disorder 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...

Posted: 25 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 post-traumatic stress disorder 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...
Lessons for media still echo from Waco tragedy
 As the gunfire began at the Branch Davidian compound 25 years ago, kicking off what would become a 51-day siege, a group of journalists found themselves smack in the middle of it. Tommy Witherspoon, along with several colleagues from the Waco Tribune-Herald, spent nearly three hours stretched flat in a ditch across the street from the compound...

8:01 PM Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018

As the gunfire began at the Branch Davidian compound 25 years ago, kicking off what would become a 51-day siege, a group of journalists found themselves smack in the middle of it. Tommy Witherspoon, along with several colleagues from the Waco Tribune-Herald, spent nearly three hours stretched flat in a ditch across the street from the compound...
Some celebrate as Texas State student president Clegg is impeached
 It started with a fiery press release that then-student government president Connor Clegg issued following the publication of a controversial column on whiteness in the student newspaper in November. It ended Monday night, with Texas State University student senators voting overwhelmingly to remove Clegg from office, an impeachment vote that...

8:41 PM Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018

It started with a fiery press release that then-student government president Connor Clegg issued following the publication of a controversial column on whiteness in the student newspaper in November. It ended Monday night, with Texas State University student senators voting overwhelmingly to remove Clegg from office, an impeachment vote that...
Texas State student president Connor Clegg removed from office 
 10:30 p.m. update: The Texas State University student government voted to impeach student president Connor Clegg Monday night, removing him from office two days before his term expires in a case that has roiled this campus for months. “I am thrilled, happy, excited, overwhelmed,” said Emmy Orioha, president of the school&rsquo...

11:58 PM Monday, Apr. 16, 2018

10:30 p.m. update: The Texas State University student government voted to impeach student president Connor Clegg Monday night, removing him from office two days before his term expires in a case that has roiled this campus for months. “I am thrilled, happy, excited, overwhelmed,” said Emmy Orioha, president of the school&rsquo...