Katie Hall

Breaking news reporter

Katie Hall has been a breaking news reporter for the Austin American-Statesman since August 2015. Previously, she covered parts of western Travis County, including the Eanes school district, West Lake Hills and Rollingwood. Before that, she wrote about crime for newspapers in southern Louisiana and New Orleans, where she is originally from.

Latest from Katie Hall

Austin pastors among church leaders filing complaint against Sessions
 Hundreds of leaders within the United Methodist Church, including some Austin pastors, filed a formal complaint Monday against Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the midst of widespread outcry over the separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border. The complaint against Sessions, who is Methodist, came in a letter from pastors...

Posted: 4 days ago

Hundreds of leaders within the United Methodist Church, including some Austin pastors, filed a formal complaint Monday against Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the midst of widespread outcry over the separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border. The complaint against Sessions, who is Methodist, came in a letter from pastors...
Austin pastors among Methodist leaders filing complaint against Sessions
 Hundreds of leaders within the United Methodist Church, including some Austin pastors, filed a formal complaint Monday against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, requesting that church authorities “dig deeply into Mr. Sessions’ advocacy and actions that have led to harm against thousands of vulnerable humans.” Sessions...

Posted: 5 days ago

Hundreds of leaders within the United Methodist Church, including some Austin pastors, filed a formal complaint Monday against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, requesting that church authorities “dig deeply into Mr. Sessions’ advocacy and actions that have led to harm against thousands of vulnerable humans.” Sessions...
Lawsuit calls out Travis County officials over sex assault investigations
 A federal class action lawsuit filed Monday slams current and former Travis County and Austin officials, including district attorneys and police chiefs, arguing that they don’t adequately investigate or seek to prosecute suspects in women’s sexual assault cases. The suit names as defendants the city of Austin, Travis County and...

Posted: 5 days ago

A federal class action lawsuit filed Monday slams current and former Travis County and Austin officials, including district attorneys and police chiefs, arguing that they don’t adequately investigate or seek to prosecute suspects in women’s sexual assault cases. The suit names as defendants the city of Austin, Travis County and...
Credit card skimmer reported at 7-Eleven on Burnet Road
 Someone reported a credit card skimmer at a gas station pump in North Austin, according to the state Department of Agriculture. An inspector found a possible Bluetooth skimmer device at a 7-Eleven at 7844 Burnet Road, officials said.  Police have removed the device, state officials said.

Posted: 5 days ago

Someone reported a credit card skimmer at a gas station pump in North Austin, according to the state Department of Agriculture. An inspector found a possible Bluetooth skimmer device at a 7-Eleven at 7844 Burnet Road, officials said.  Police have removed the device, state officials said.
Some scattered showers rolling through Austin area
 3:40 p.m. update: Austinites may hit some rain as they drive home this afternoon and evening. Scattered showers are currently rolling through the Austin area.  Forecasters are calling for a 50 percent chance of rain for the rest of the day in Austin. Track the storms on the American-Statesman’s weather radar. Earlier: ...

Posted: 6 days ago

3:40 p.m. update: Austinites may hit some rain as they drive home this afternoon and evening. Scattered showers are currently rolling through the Austin area.  Forecasters are calling for a 50 percent chance of rain for the rest of the day in Austin. Track the storms on the American-Statesman’s weather radar. Earlier: ...
Cigarette-sparked blaze displaces dozens from South Austin apartments
 More than 30 apartment residents in South Austin were forced from their homes Tuesday afternoon after an improperly discarded cigarette sparked a massive blaze and gutted the building, fire officials said.  Fire investigators ruled the fire an accident and said it started on a wooden balcony on the second floor of the complex and quickly...

Posted: 11 days ago

More than 30 apartment residents in South Austin were forced from their homes Tuesday afternoon after an improperly discarded cigarette sparked a massive blaze and gutted the building, fire officials said.  Fire investigators ruled the fire an accident and said it started on a wooden balcony on the second floor of the complex and quickly...
Deputies looking for man who stabbed, sexually assaulted, robbed woman in Wells Branch
 Travis County deputies are looking for man who stabbed, sexually assaulted and robbed a woman Saturday who was walking through a Wells Branch apartment complex, the sheriff’s office said.  The woman was walking through the Churchill Crossing apartment complex in the  14100 block of Thermal Drive when she was attacked around...

Posted: 11 days ago

Travis County deputies are looking for man who stabbed, sexually assaulted and robbed a woman Saturday who was walking through a Wells Branch apartment complex, the sheriff’s office said.  The woman was walking through the Churchill Crossing apartment complex in the  14100 block of Thermal Drive when she was attacked around...
Man pushes cyclist off bike at St. Edward’s, tries to rob him, officials say
 A man pushed a cyclist off his bike on the St. Edward's University campus in South Austin and tried to rob him last week, campus police said. The incident happened near around 9:30 p.m. June 5, at the retention pond known as Lynch Lake, near Woodward Street and South Congress Avenue, St. Edward’s University police said. Police...

Posted: 12 days ago

A man pushed a cyclist off his bike on the St. Edward's University campus in South Austin and tried to rob him last week, campus police said. The incident happened near around 9:30 p.m. June 5, at the retention pond known as Lynch Lake, near Woodward Street and South Congress Avenue, St. Edward’s University police said. Police...
BAD BUNS: In-N-Out temporarily closes all Texas locations due to issues with burger buns
 In-N-Out Burger closed all its Texas locations Monday morning because the quality of the hamburger buns weren’t up to the company’s standards, according to the company’s customer service representatives.  The fast food chain will reopen its locations on Tuesday, when they get new shipments of buns. The burger buns did...

Posted: 12 days ago

In-N-Out Burger closed all its Texas locations Monday morning because the quality of the hamburger buns weren’t up to the company’s standards, according to the company’s customer service representatives.  The fast food chain will reopen its locations on Tuesday, when they get new shipments of buns. The burger buns did...
UPDATE: 21 people displaced after North Austin fourplex fire
 Twenty-one people were displaced after an electrical short of an AC unit started a fire that damaged a fourplex Monday afternoon, Austin fire official said. Firefighters responded around 4:20 p.m., and the fire was showing from the second story of the complex at 1718 Colony Creek Drive when firefighters arrived, fire officials said. By 5...

Posted: 12 days ago

Twenty-one people were displaced after an electrical short of an AC unit started a fire that damaged a fourplex Monday afternoon, Austin fire official said. Firefighters responded around 4:20 p.m., and the fire was showing from the second story of the complex at 1718 Colony Creek Drive when firefighters arrived, fire officials said. By 5...
Motorcyclist has life-threatening injuries after crash with car
 A motorcyclist has life-threatening injuries after he was involved in a crash with a car in Northeast Austin early Saturday.  The motorcyclist, a man estimated to be in his 60s, was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. Medics responded to the crash in the 7400 block of Cameron Road at 12:07 a.m...

Posted: 15 days ago

A motorcyclist has life-threatening injuries after he was involved in a crash with a car in Northeast Austin early Saturday.  The motorcyclist, a man estimated to be in his 60s, was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. Medics responded to the crash in the 7400 block of Cameron Road at 12:07 a.m...