Catalyst is a specialty unit within the KXAN investigative team focused on “digital-first” storytelling that aims to make a positive change in society. The group takes a multi-platform, innovative approach to each project and rotates among various investigators. Please explore our projects below, and also subscribe and listen to the “KXAN Catalyst Podcast.”
Our analysis of more than 5,600 missing persons reveals shortfalls in the way Texas tackles those cases and prompts a state lawmaker’s promise to improve the system, helping families looking for loved ones.
A History of Mass Violence
From 1980 to 2019, Texas experienced at least 32 mass shootings. Our investigative team’s analysis shows more than 250 people were wounded in those events, and at least 208 were killed.
Locked in Limbo
Every year, thousands of mentally ill men and women languish in Texas’ county jails. Incapable of standing trial, they wait – sometimes over a year – for a bed in a state hospital for help.
Dead & Undone
When someone dies in Texas police custody, the agency must submit a report to the attorney general. But some are filing late or incomplete forms, thwarting transparency and state law.
Medical Debt Lawsuits
Hundreds of medical debt lawsuits are piling up in one Texas court filed by one hospital. What we discovered could soon have leaders taking a closer look at the state’s debt collection system.