KXAN Investigates is a nationally-recognized, award-winning team of eight journalists – the largest investigative unit in Central Texas. The team was recently honored with the national IRE Award from the Investigative Reporters & Editors organization. We tackle stories that hold your leaders accountable and make your lives safer. Scroll down to learn more about each KXAN Investigates team member and some of our latest results.
Director of Investigations & Innovation
Josh Hinkle is KXAN’s Director of Investigations & Innovation, leading the station’s duPont and IRE Award-winning investigative team on multiple platforms. He also leads KXAN’s political coverage as the executive producer and host of “State of Texas,” a weekly program focused on the Texas Legislature and elections, seen in 14 markets statewide. His work on the show has been honored three times with the national Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.
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.
Jody Barr graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism. He served as an investigative reporter in Cincinnati, OH and Columbia, S.C. before joining KXAN in July, 2017. While working in Cincinnati, Jody exposed the Queen City’s waste in a city loan program, giving millions of tax dollars away to private businesses after the city failed to make an effort to collect those dollars. Following the murders of 8 members of the same family, Jody’s investigative efforts led to exposing the Pike County Sheriff’s Office’s failure to secure major pieces of evidence in the case.
Arezow Doost is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who joined KXAN in August of 2016 as an investigative reporter. This isn’t Arezow’s first stint in Austin. She attended the University of Texas and also worked in the city professionally nearly a decade ago. This time, she returns with her family including her husband and three kids Zade, Kai and Zara. 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.
Kevin comes to Texas after spending the last five years reporting in Florida. While in Jacksonville, Kevin’s stories about illegal gambling and child adoptions sparked state investigations. He also reported from the field during Hurricanes Matthew and Irma. Kevin is a proud graduate of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. While it’s not the shade of orange he’s used to rooting for, he’s excited to check out a few Longhorns games. Kevin is a proud graduate of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. While it’s not the shade of orange he’s used to rooting for, he’s excited to check out a few Longhorns games.
Avery is an investigative reporter, covering the courts and justice system. This proud Longhorn is thrilled to be back in Austin, returning to the KXAN newsroom where it all began. While at the University of Texas, Avery interned with the Investigative Team at KXAN. She then worked as a multimedia journalist at KAMC in Lubbock, TX, before working her way up to morning and midday anchor on Good Morning Lubbock.
Senior Investigative Producer and Digital Reporter
David was born and raised in Houston. He received a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and a master’s of journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin. David has reported for Reporting Texas, KUT News, Austin American-Statesman, Associated Press, Texas Climate News and Community Impact Newspaper. His work has been syndicated by many more publications. While studying at UT, David was selected from students throughout the country to help cover President Obama’s inauguration as a digital reporter for PBS NewsHour.