Arezow Doost

Investigative Reporter

Arezow Doost is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who joined KXAN in August of 2016 as an investigative reporter.

Arezow covers everything from consumer complaints to women’s health. In 2019, her work on maternal health highlighted problems with how Texas tracks deaths and near-deaths in the station’s “Mothers Erased” investigation.

Arezow has also been part of “Catalyst” investigations working with the team on “Mayberry Texas” which uncovered flaws in the state’s missing persons database and “A History of Mass Violence,” about mass shootings across Texas. In 2020, Arezow contributed to a digital-first investigation called “Locked in Limbo,” focusing on mental competency among inmates in jails. Arezow’s work was also featured in “Pandemic PASS or FAIL: Solutions for Education Equity” in 2020, which showed the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on students. 

Before arriving in Austin, Arezow spent seven years working in Dallas-Fort Worth reporting and anchoring. During her time, she led investigations into rural county cover-ups, political misconduct and consumer complaints. Her series of reports on school bullying inside one North Texas school district led to permanent changes within the district, including how officials respond to bullying. 

Arezow grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan. Some of her earliest childhood memories include watching Soviet tanks and troops on city streets. Her family escaped Afghanistan during the Russian invasion by fleeing to the Afghan-Pakistan border. There they lived in refugee camps and later moved to Germany before eventually finding a permanent home in Texas. A family friend taught Arezow and her siblings English after they arrived. 

This isn’t Arezow’s first stint in Austin. She attended the University of Texas and also worked in the city professionally more than a decade ago. Arezow enjoys exploring Texas with her family — her husband and three kids, Zade, Kai and Zara.

Arezow can be contacted via email at arezow.doost@kxan.com.

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