If you have an issue that needs investigating, Erin Cargile wants to hear from you. She’s been covering news in Austin for more than a decade, and joined the station’s award-winning KXAN investigative team in 2018. Prior to becoming a full-time investigator, Erin has pretty much done it all at KXAN. She started out as the Hill Country reporter, then moved into Austin and covered the education beat for 10 years and spent about five years anchoring weekend morning and evening newscasts.
Helping people is her passion, along with holding public decision makers and people in power accountable. Erin earned a Texas Lone Star Emmy nomination for uncovering corruption in the Lexington Police Department which ultimately ended with the police chief being stripped of his law enforcement license. Problems she highlighted during historic flooding in Llano in 2018, prompted the city to put new barricade measures in place at low water crossings after a woman lost her life. Erin also caught of the city of Austin breaking its own tall grass rules while continuing to ticket citizens for the very same problem.
Erin was awarded Best Spot News Coverage of 2018 by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters for her live reporting on the scene of a major wildfire in the Hill Country. She was also selected for the assignment of a lifetime: covering the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Erin has received countless other awards over the years for her dedication to education coverage in Central Texas. In 2011, Erin earned her second Lone Star Emmy nomination and was named Best General Assignment Reporter by the TAPB for a series of reports on Ben Breedlove’s death.
Erin is from Waxahachie, Texas and graduated from Oklahoma Christian University. Her passion for storytelling took off during college internships at the ABC and NBC station in Oklahoma City. Erin’s first reporting gig was at KXII in Sherman, Texas. Prior to moving to Austin, she was a reporter at KRIS in Corpus Christi.
In her free time, Erin enjoys being outside with her dog, Lilly, hunting for cool cowboy boots and taking on DIY projects.