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

Area judges make plans to try out ‘pajama’ court
 Williamson County Justice of the Peace Bill Gravell calls it “pajama justice.” A software program his court and one in Travis County will begin using in July gives people a chance to quickly resolve their civil lawsuits through mediation without leaving their homes. “People can sit at home in their pajamas and get emails...

Posted: a day ago

Williamson County Justice of the Peace Bill Gravell calls it “pajama justice.” A software program his court and one in Travis County will begin using in July gives people a chance to quickly resolve their civil lawsuits through mediation without leaving their homes. “People can sit at home in their pajamas and get emails...
Travis County builds on its commitment to affordable housing
 Veronica Bello never allowed her kids to play outside at the family’s previous apartment complex in northeastern Travis County because of how much crime surrounded them. The apartment, where her family lived for about six years, was crawling with cockroaches, Bello said, and seemed to always be flooded. Their neighbors were noisy, arguing...

Posted: 3 days ago

Veronica Bello never allowed her kids to play outside at the family’s previous apartment complex in northeastern Travis County because of how much crime surrounded them. The apartment, where her family lived for about six years, was crawling with cockroaches, Bello said, and seemed to always be flooded. Their neighbors were noisy, arguing...
EXCLUSIVE: Travis wants to combine prosecution offices — will Republicans approve?
 After tossing around the idea for decades, Travis County officials are prepared to seek Legislative approval to combine the prosecutorial offices that handle misdemeanor and felony crimes and all civil cases. The merger would save area taxpayers roughly $1.4 million a year, according to local criminal justice leaders. It would also bring...

Posted: 11 days ago

After tossing around the idea for decades, Travis County officials are prepared to seek Legislative approval to combine the prosecutorial offices that handle misdemeanor and felony crimes and all civil cases. The merger would save area taxpayers roughly $1.4 million a year, according to local criminal justice leaders. It would also bring...
Travis wants to combine prosecution offices — will Republicans approve?
 After tossing around the idea for decades, Travis County officials are prepared to seek Legislative approval to combine the prosecutorial offices that handle misdemeanor and felony crimes and all civil cases. The merger would save area taxpayers roughly $1.4 million a year, according to local criminal justice leaders. It would also bring...

Posted: 11 days ago

After tossing around the idea for decades, Travis County officials are prepared to seek Legislative approval to combine the prosecutorial offices that handle misdemeanor and felony crimes and all civil cases. The merger would save area taxpayers roughly $1.4 million a year, according to local criminal justice leaders. It would also bring...
El atentado de bomba que marcó a la familia de Esperanza Herrera
 Sentada en su silla favorita en la cocina, Mary Moreno le daba un trago a su café por la mañana mientras su hija, quien la cuidaba, salió para recoger un paquete que habían dejado afuera de la puerta principal de su casa en el este de Austin. Moreno, de 93 años, a menudo recibía paquetes de medicinas...

Posted: 11 days ago

Sentada en su silla favorita en la cocina, Mary Moreno le daba un trago a su café por la mañana mientras su hija, quien la cuidaba, salió para recoger un paquete que habían dejado afuera de la puerta principal de su casa en el este de Austin. Moreno, de 93 años, a menudo recibía paquetes de medicinas...
Parts of Northeast Metro Park closed after damage from Monday’s storm
 Parts of Northeast Metropolitan Park are closed after Monday morning’s storm split trees, downed tarp-like playscape structures and took out electricity. Most of the 349-acre park in northeast Travis County is closed until further notice, and all field play has been suspended, according to a note on the Travis County Parks website....

Posted: 13 days ago

Parts of Northeast Metropolitan Park are closed after Monday morning’s storm split trees, downed tarp-like playscape structures and took out electricity. Most of the 349-acre park in northeast Travis County is closed until further notice, and all field play has been suspended, according to a note on the Travis County Parks website....
Buda to enact twice-a-week watering restriction starting Monday
 Effective Monday, the city of Buda will return to Stage 1 water restrictions after below average rainfall over the last five months. This year, so far 11.73 inches of rain has fallen in Buda, and four out of the first five months have been below average on rainfall, according to a news release. Over half of the city’s year-to-date precipitation...

Posted: 16 days ago

Effective Monday, the city of Buda will return to Stage 1 water restrictions after below average rainfall over the last five months. This year, so far 11.73 inches of rain has fallen in Buda, and four out of the first five months have been below average on rainfall, according to a news release. Over half of the city’s year-to-date precipitation...
Two months after Austin bombings, victim’s family wonders, ‘Why here?’
 Seated in her favorite chair in the kitchen, Mary Moreno was sipping her morning coffee when her daughter and caretaker stepped outside to pick up a package left outside the front door of their East Austin home. Moreno, 93, often received packages of medicine and clothes, so nothing seemed amiss to Esperanza “Hope” Herrera, who...

Posted: 18 days ago

Seated in her favorite chair in the kitchen, Mary Moreno was sipping her morning coffee when her daughter and caretaker stepped outside to pick up a package left outside the front door of their East Austin home. Moreno, 93, often received packages of medicine and clothes, so nothing seemed amiss to Esperanza “Hope” Herrera, who...
Two months after Austin bombings, victim’s family wonders, ‘Why here?’
 Seated in her favorite chair in the kitchen, Mary Moreno was sipping her morning coffee when her daughter and caretaker stepped outside to pick up a package left outside the front door of their East Austin home. Moreno, 93, often received packages of medicine and clothes, so nothing seemed amiss to Esperanza “Hope” Herrera, who...

Posted: 18 days ago

Seated in her favorite chair in the kitchen, Mary Moreno was sipping her morning coffee when her daughter and caretaker stepped outside to pick up a package left outside the front door of their East Austin home. Moreno, 93, often received packages of medicine and clothes, so nothing seemed amiss to Esperanza “Hope” Herrera, who...
Travis County donating inmate-grown food to Central Texas Food Bank
 Steve Wentrcek walks alongside the sprawling rows of green bean, radish and carrot plants, labeled with wooden sticks stuck in the dirt at the edge of the 1-acre garden. Texas’ near-summer humidity hangs heavy in the air. Even with the barbed wire fence enclosing the campus, the serene landscape can feel far removed from its home at...

Posted: 20 days ago

Steve Wentrcek walks alongside the sprawling rows of green bean, radish and carrot plants, labeled with wooden sticks stuck in the dirt at the edge of the 1-acre garden. Texas’ near-summer humidity hangs heavy in the air. Even with the barbed wire fence enclosing the campus, the serene landscape can feel far removed from its home at...
Fix to collapsed Shoal Creek slope could take up to three months
 A proposed fix to a partially collapsed slope along Shoal Creek could take up to three months to complete, a lead engineer with the city of Austin said Friday. Precipitated by torrential rains, the roughly 80-foot-long landslide on May 4 pulled away large swaths of at least three homeowners’ backyards and damaged city parkland at Pease...

Posted: 23 days ago

A proposed fix to a partially collapsed slope along Shoal Creek could take up to three months to complete, a lead engineer with the city of Austin said Friday. Precipitated by torrential rains, the roughly 80-foot-long landslide on May 4 pulled away large swaths of at least three homeowners’ backyards and damaged city parkland at Pease...