Investigative reporter for the Texas Tribune. Made a documentary called Border Hustle. Hit me on Signal: +1-512-716-8643. About me: bit.ly/2wQnYXB
RT @pamelacolloff: Paul Skalnik is a con artist with a long criminal record. He may also be one of the most prolific jailhouse informants i…
RT @Andalalucha: In Mexico when we go out with friends we always tell each other that we will text once we are at home because the chance t…
RT @MWatkinsTrib: ICYMI from @ShannonNajma: UT-Austin investigating former procurement official after review finds irregularities https://t…
Find out why the @TexasTribune is suing to force the government to tell us — and you — how a public agency spent millions of dollars, much of it on political consultants. Go to 16:50 mark. twitter.com/kxan_news/stat…
RT @russellgold: Someone is trying to get inside computers at small utilities near important infrastructure. wsj.com/articles/utili…
RT @Sleutert: The issue here is that CBP only uses one metric to determine success of MPP: the # of people arriving at the border. If it al…
RT @NewsLitProject: @Checkology TONIGHT: Check out our Facebook page at 7pm CT for live video of a panel at the @TexasTribune, "Covering i…
This sounds like a good candidate for a TPIA overcharge complaint. Also, they don’t HAVE to charge you. The law allows them to decide it’s in the public interest to, well, let the public see it #transparency twitter.com/aliyyaswaby/st…
RT @jayrosen_nyu: Wowzer. "A new national nonprofit news organization aimed at giving women the facts, tools and information they need to b…
RT @marissaaevans: Here's my story for @StarTribune on how Minnesota is using Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers. More than 800 fo…
RT @viaAlana: The @TexasTribune wins its first-ever Emmy award for our mini-documentary “13 Hours to Midnight!!!” Kudos to our scrappy mult…
RT @carla_astudi: When @ShannonNajma & @byjayroot crunched the numbers on inaguration spending, they found a HUGE spike in how much Gov. Gr…
RT @Fahrenthold: Indicator of how the GOP is shrinking into a party for one man’s benefit: of last 7 big RNC meetings, 3 included events at…
RT @Fahrenthold: NEW: the @GOP will hold its winter mtgs at @realDonaldTrump’s Doral resort, a contract worth hundreds of thousands for Tru…
I’m sure @Wisconsinwatch knows how lucky they are to get @Jmalewitz. We miss him down here in Texas. twitter.com/jmalewitz/stat…
RT @MorrisReports: A judge & CPS head were horrified by photos that show foster children staying in small cinderblock rooms at a Hill Count…
Yes. We already had the “final report” for the 2019 inaugural. What you will find interesting in our next story is how much of an outlier it is. twitter.com/precinct1/stat…
RT @pamelacolloff: This is such a good and compassionate thread on why it's important to make those hard reporting phone calls. 👇 https://t…
RT @MedillSchool: Statement from Medill Dean Charles Whitaker on The Daily Northwestern's coverage of campus events: https://t.co/d4R2yE1xr…
It took a while but @ShannonNajma and I finally tracked down all of the financial reports of TX inaugurals going back to 1979. We could sure use a little more sunshine in this dark corner of state government and politics. https://t.co/FgdQW9zSjS
I’ve often reminded folks I’ve never taken a journalism class in my life. And if this is what they’re teaching in J school these days, I never will. dailynorthwestern.com/2019/11/10/lat…
RT @SchwartzChron: Memo to self: Never hire anyone connected to this embarrassment twitter.com/royalpratt/sta…
RT @jsmccullou: Ted Cruz now saying #rodneyreed case may warrant additional review. The calls for a stop to Reed’s execution are far beyond…
RT @Fahrenthold: Donald Trump Jr writes that -- when he saw rows of graves at Arlington Cemetery -- he thought of...himself, and the busine…
After the @TexasTribune reported that @txst underreported campus crime, the feds launch a probe. twitter.com/shannonnajma/s…
Just got another 2 cancelled checks from the 2019 Texas Inaugural Committee, a state agency that had an account at Frost Bank. Still need help piecing together the details of the record $5.3m in spending on inaugural of @GregAbbott_TX and @DanPatrick. Reach out if you have info twitter.com/byjayroot/stat…
This is masterful — and such a quick turn. Recommended read for anyone to understand the current state of affairs in Mexico, but even more for reporters to admire a flawlessly executed look behind the scenes of a major breaking news event. twitter.com/mariasacchetti…
RT @Sleutert: MPP in Nuevo Laredo is a never-ending series of horrors. twitter.com/becky_gendelma…
RT @bova_gus: I just checked the Manchaca/Pack Saddle-area camps. Everyone moved their things across the frontage road during the TxDOT o…
RT @pamelacolloff: I just interviewed a man who’s serving a life sentence who said he had not had a visitor since 2003.
Months after being stymied in our efforts to find out how the record $5.3 million raised for the 2019 Texas Inaugural was spent, @ShannonNajma and I obtained this check and others written by the secretive committee that oversaw it. We will be revealing more soon so stay tuned! https://t.co/4EJeQ6ammg
RT @nachoaguilar: Chaos erupts in Juarez as warring cartels retaliate against recent police arrests #border ktsm.com/news/juarez/ch…
From @MorrisReports’ story: federal judge “accused state officials of lying to her” and threatened to throw them in jail over their “shameful” oversight of Texas foster kids. Uh, ouch. twitter.com/byjayroot/stat…
Judge fines Texas $50K a day over 'broken' foster care system houstonchronicle.com/news/local/pol… via @MorrisReports
RT @Fahrenthold: Last 2 wks at Trump Org: --Announced possible sale of their DC hotel --Redecorated NY ice rinks to downplay the Trump name…
RT @charlesornstein: MUST READ by ⁦@marshall_allen⁩: Dignity Health said its employee, an ER nurse, failed to meet the deadline to add her…
RT @MarkHalperin: Democrats who watch @MSNBC & @CNN all day are living in a parallel & misleading “reality” in which @realDonaldTrump has n…
RT @disolis: CVS rejects Purdue student's Puerto Rican ID, asks for #immigration papers to buy cold medicine. 'I tried to explain that Puer…
Hearing @WillieNelson singing happy birthday to us at the @TexasTribune just made my day, week, month and year. Would love to get Sister Bobbie in there, too! twitter.com/texastribune/s…
And for all you political fundraising experts out there, hit me up! I want someone qualified to tell me if getting 19 percent for fundraising — as the 2019 Texas Inaugural folks did — is on the high side. Anyone know? I’m on Signal via my Twitter bio FYI. twitter.com/byjayroot/stat…
Re-upping this request for help. If you received $$ from the 2019 Texas Inaugural Committee and want to tell me about it, reach out here or on Signal in my Twitter bio. twitter.com/byjayroot/stat…
Days after the office of @GregAbbott_TX told us NO STATE DOLLARS were spent on the 2019 Texas Inaugural, @TXLegeCouncil, a state agency, wants over $1,000 for government records related to their work on past inaugurals, including 2019.
RT @Sleutert: U.S. apprehensions of Central Americans have dropped from more than 100,000 in May to less than 18,000 in September. https://…
RT @PhilPrazan: #BREAKING: @GregAbbott_TX office confirms to me today @TxDOT workers will give notice to people camping underneath state hi…
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wages war on the Texas Legislative Budget Board | The Texas Tribune texastribune.org/2019/10/29/tex…
RT @MorrisReports: Almost all of Gov. Abbott’s gun safety suggestions after Santa Fe went nowhere, with lawmakers behind the bills saying t…
RT @RoigFranzia: This could turn into an epic fight. “There are at least 100 landowners in Texas who will need to give up property for the…
Ok going back to my default position of not caring about football. Otherwise too painful.
Gov. Abbott’s gun safety suggestions fizzled after Santa Fe. Will 2021 be different? expressnews.com/news/local/pol… via @mysa h/t @MorrisReports
Great read about how press access works — and doesn’t work — from my friend @JohnnieMo. Important context for the #bonnghazi mess. twitter.com/johnniemo/stat…
RT @JessicaHuseman: I applaud the @dcexaminer for releasing this horrific display by a public official. “Off the record” is a mutual agreem…
Did you mean GOOD MORNING! @AlexSamuelsx5? twitter.com/alexsamuelsx5/…
Kudos to @thecrimson for adhering to the fundamental principles of journalism in the face of misguided and woefully uninformed protest. twitter.com/tracyjan/statu…
Like death and taxes, student loans hang over you til the end. Great reporting here by @ShannonNajma on elderly Texans and Americans having their often tiny Social Security checks garnished to pay off student loans from decades ago texastribune.org/2019/10/23/stu…
RT @Sleutert: On October 28th, Matamoros officials will dismantle the tent camp of asylum seekers near the international bridge and attempt…
Goodbye Chubby Chuck #6. I will never forget you — or the half-n-half basket. Too many memories to count at @HutsHamburgers. #sad twitter.com/luzmorenolozan…
Esperanto is trending. What a time to be alive.
RT @maggieNYT: This is all true. And something people around him say a lot. Still quite striking to hear it on record. https://t.co/5w7wIIJ…
RT @ioangrillo: How the Sinaloa Cartel Beat The Mexican Army. I write in Time how these insurgency tactics have been a long time coming. B…
RT @NickMiroff: This is not Syria, it’s Sinaloa, where the arrest of El Chapo’s son Iván by Mexican authorities has unleashed mayhem in the…
RT @Fahrenthold: I just talked to the mayor of Doral — who now needs to plan to host 8 world leaders and thousands of diplomats. He learned…
RT @Fahrenthold: LISTEN: We have tape of @realdonaldtrump's hired representative explaining that Trump Doral is "severely underperforming"…
OK, you fundraising experts. It appears to me if you do the math (admittedly not my forte!) that the as-yet-unknown fundraisers here got about 19 percent of the $5 million raised from donors. Is that a lot for political fundraising? texastribune.org/2019/10/09/201…
RT @cd_hooks: i may or may not have made the bonnen tape my wake-up alarm #txlege
A sign of our times in the inbox: “The Texas Public Information Act does not require a governmental entity to answer factual questions.” Lol.
RT @Fahrenthold: The summit will be held in June, when Miami is hot and Doral is usually empty. In 2017, only 38% of Doral's rooms were occ…
RT @PhilPrazan: Why did @MQSullivan go into @RepDennisBonnen and @Burrows4TX meeting recording anyway? I asked. He told me he didn't wan…
RT @eramshaw: In the huge news department: @TexasTribune and @ProPublica are joining forces to launch an 11-person investigative unit in Te…
RT @PhilPrazan: NEW: @MQSullivan critics say releasing secret @RepDennisBonnen @Burrows4TX audio will only hurt the @TexasGOP. What he says…
I’m thinking the quote from the GOP TX House speaker — “let’s go after these Republicans” — is gonna be on some bumper stickers. twitter.com/cassi_pollock/…
RT @pamelacolloff: This is the accountability story you didn’t know you needed—about parakeets, bird poop, and a misguided university chanc…
This is not an Aggie joke. It really happened! texastribune.org/2019/10/14/tex…
Cartel figure says he bribed current and former presidents of Honduras. This story helps explain why so many people are fleeing the tiny Central American nation, and raises troubling questions about our longtime foreign policy there. apnews.com/33c1950f869c4c…
RT @carla_astudi: ICYMI: the Texas Tribune suing to get the receipts for the $5.3 million spent at the 2019 Texas inauguration, thanks to t…
RT @MorrisReports: Public Safety Commission reaffirms the waistline measurements for ⁦@TxDPS⁩ officers. DPS leaders said they will give a…
RT @MorrisReports: Gov office: trust us ⁦@byjayroot⁩ & ⁦@ShannonNajma⁩: but verify The 2019 Texas inauguration cost $5.3 million. Where a…
RT @eramshaw: @TexasTribune @GregAbbott_TX @DanPatrick @ShannonNajma @byjayroot keeping the pressure on
RT @yatescait: If you haven’t read @Sleutert’s work for @lawfareblog on the at least 650 migrants who have died in Brooks County, Texas sin…
RT @_BrianSandler: If I have to have a receipt to expense a $5 sandwich on a business trip, how can there be no receipts for how $5 MILLION…
RT @bobbycblanchard: we're in the sunshine business over here at the @TexasTribune texastribune.org/2019/10/09/201… via @ShannonNajma / @byjayroot
RT @WellsDunbar: With Will Hurd’s retirement, the GOP has lost its only black member of Congress. Texas Republicans, writes @TexasTribune
If you are one of the 30 charities said to have gotten some of the $800,000 the Texas Inaugural Committee spent on charitable donations, I would love to hear from you! DMs open and see Signal contact info on my Twitter bio. twitter.com/byjayroot/stat…
Nobody would tell us who got the record $5.3m that was spent to put on the 2019 Texas inauguration. It was held just months ago but they say there are no receipts. Now we’re suing to see if we can find some. texastribune.org/2019/10/09/201…
After revealing that Texas State University underreported rapes and other serious crimes on campus, @ShannonNajma reports how the school systematically underfunded public safety and sometimes even had students working police dispatch. twitter.com/shannonnajma/s…
RT @ACLUMaine: CBP doesn't even try to hide the fact that they are following people into stores and questioning them because they have brow…
A Mexican citizen had court papers allowing him to be in the U.S. But a Border Patrol agent detained him anyway. texastribune.org/2019/10/04/tex… via @TexasTribune h/t @nachoaguilar
A good lesson for all of us: keep pushing for more access. Often it fails. But when it works it’s awesome! twitter.com/keribla/status…
I think they’re just watching you, @BobMooreNews twitter.com/bobmoorenews/s…
RT @amanbatheja: Wild to see Rick Perry, who national media loved to describe as "swaggering" when he was Texas governor, is now apparently…
I cannot lie, the @TxDPS does not like big butts! But you gotta love this story by @MorrisReports, in which state police officers say the new physical fitness directive aimed at their waistlines is all about "an appearance policy," not their ability to perform. twitter.com/MorrisReports/…
RT @MorrisReports: .⁦@georgepbush⁩ had poor college grades. His grandmother helped him rally. The story by ⁦@byjayroot⁩ with a great find o…
RT @dadams7308: In a stunning opening statement in the New York drug trial of Tony Hernandez, a federal prosecutor alleged Wednesday that M…
Gee I wonder why so many people are fleeing Honduras. twitter.com/skinosian/stat…
Major respect for the reporter here. Not easy to keep your cool and keep trying to get answers under fire like this. Major pro. twitter.com/maggienyt/stat…
After reading this link I’ve concluded my dogs know something terrible about the mailman. twitter.com/hcookaustin/st…
RT @skinosian: As someone who covered Honduras closely and is now covering Venezuela... the evolution of the US choice to stick with JOH th…
RT @Grav1: Ghostly image captured along Lake James reignites Bigfoot fever in North Carolina star-telegram.com/news/nation-wo…
 
 
 
 
 
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