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

‘God was with us that day’: Crews recount Travis County fire rescue
 Firefighters Jessilyn Davis and Lt. Brannon Stengel were looking for a safe place to fight a brush fire last week in western Travis County, when the wind shifted. They were trapped with flames coming straight toward them. Their training taught them to always stay “in the black,” or the already burnt areas, when fighting fires...

Posted: 2 days ago

Firefighters Jessilyn Davis and Lt. Brannon Stengel were looking for a safe place to fight a brush fire last week in western Travis County, when the wind shifted. They were trapped with flames coming straight toward them. Their training taught them to always stay “in the black,” or the already burnt areas, when fighting fires...
‘God was with us that day’: Crews recount Travis County fire rescue
 For about 10 minutes, Emergency Services District 1 firefighters Jessilyn Davis and Lt. Brannon Stengel found themselves surrounded by a brush fire April 11 in western Travis County. The winds, which had shifted toward them, and 20 percent humidity that day only made matters worse. They tried to stay positive, but Stengel said in the backs...

Posted: 3 days ago

For about 10 minutes, Emergency Services District 1 firefighters Jessilyn Davis and Lt. Brannon Stengel found themselves surrounded by a brush fire April 11 in western Travis County. The winds, which had shifted toward them, and 20 percent humidity that day only made matters worse. They tried to stay positive, but Stengel said in the backs...
To combat homelessness, Austin nonprofit looks to outside investors
 An initiative to house and provide services to up to 250 homeless people in Travis County is set to be among the first in Texas to use an innovative funding model where investors pay upfront costs and are reimbursed by local governments only if goals are met. The funding model, known as “Pay for Success,” has gained popularity...

Posted: 7 days ago

An initiative to house and provide services to up to 250 homeless people in Travis County is set to be among the first in Texas to use an innovative funding model where investors pay upfront costs and are reimbursed by local governments only if goals are met. The funding model, known as “Pay for Success,” has gained popularity...
To combat homelessness, Austin nonprofit looks to outside investors
 An initiative to house and provide services to up to 250 homeless people in Travis County is set to be among the first in Texas to use an innovative funding model where investors pay upfront costs and are reimbursed by local governments only if goals are met. The funding model, known as “Pay for Success,” has gained popularity...

Posted: 7 days ago

An initiative to house and provide services to up to 250 homeless people in Travis County is set to be among the first in Texas to use an innovative funding model where investors pay upfront costs and are reimbursed by local governments only if goals are met. The funding model, known as “Pay for Success,” has gained popularity...
Architecture firm recommends preservation of Palm School historic core
 Travis County is one step closer to finding a new life for the Palm School after commissioners signaled Thursday that they will be convening a citizen committee to decide what to do with the historic building and set conditions for the site’s sale. The building’s fate has been hotly contested since 2015, when county leaders raised...

Posted: 8 days ago

Travis County is one step closer to finding a new life for the Palm School after commissioners signaled Thursday that they will be convening a citizen committee to decide what to do with the historic building and set conditions for the site’s sale. The building’s fate has been hotly contested since 2015, when county leaders raised...
Texas GOP denies booth at state convention to conservative LGBT group
 If the Log Cabin Republicans, a conservative LGBT political group, were just given a chance to speak with Texas Republicans about what they’re all about, the group’s state chairman Michael Baker said he believes many in his party would be more accepting. But the State Republican Executive Committee, as it has since at least 1998...

Posted: 11 days ago

If the Log Cabin Republicans, a conservative LGBT political group, were just given a chance to speak with Texas Republicans about what they’re all about, the group’s state chairman Michael Baker said he believes many in his party would be more accepting. But the State Republican Executive Committee, as it has since at least 1998...
Most Travis County ESDs to part ways with Austin’s medical director

Posted: 17 days ago

Saying they lack a voice in policy decisions, all but one of Travis County’s 11 fire departments operated by emergency services districts will split from the medical director they share with the city of Austin by October. The medical director is the physician who oversees the clinical side of an EMS program and sets certain medical...
STAR Flight sees higher payouts since August transport fee bump
 Since tripling its fees in August, Travis County’s STAR Flight helicopter program for medical transportation and other emergencies has tended to nearly double its average payment from private insurance payers, officials told the Commissioners Court during a briefing Tuesday. STAR Flight’s average payment from private insurance...

Posted: 17 days ago

Since tripling its fees in August, Travis County’s STAR Flight helicopter program for medical transportation and other emergencies has tended to nearly double its average payment from private insurance payers, officials told the Commissioners Court during a briefing Tuesday. STAR Flight’s average payment from private insurance...
STAR Flight sees higher payouts since August fee bump
 Tracy Velek and her late husband were living in Rockne, an unincorporated community in Bastrop County, in 2014 when he suffered a heart attack and first responders decided to airlift him to an Austin hospital. Doctors were unable to save him, and weeks later, a bill for about $25,000 arrived in the mail. Velek’s insurance covered $17...

Posted: 17 days ago

Tracy Velek and her late husband were living in Rockne, an unincorporated community in Bastrop County, in 2014 when he suffered a heart attack and first responders decided to airlift him to an Austin hospital. Doctors were unable to save him, and weeks later, a bill for about $25,000 arrived in the mail. Velek’s insurance covered $17...
Most Travis County ESDs to part ways with Austin’s medical director

Posted: 21 days ago

Saying they lack a voice in policy decisions, all but one of Travis County’s 11 fire departments operated by emergency services districts will split from the medical director they share with the city of Austin by October. The medical director is the physician who oversees the clinical side of an EMS program and sets certain medical...
Funeral on Saturday for bombing victim Draylen Mason open to public
 The funeral for Draylen Mason, the 17-year-old music virtuoso who was killed in the Austin bombings, will be Saturday morning at Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church, 4301 Tannehill Lane. The service, which will start at 11 a.m., will be open to the public. A private reception will take place after the service for friends and family. Pastor...

Posted: 24 days ago

The funeral for Draylen Mason, the 17-year-old music virtuoso who was killed in the Austin bombings, will be Saturday morning at Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church, 4301 Tannehill Lane. The service, which will start at 11 a.m., will be open to the public. A private reception will take place after the service for friends and family. Pastor...