Jen Reel

Jen Reel
Jen Reel was an Observer intern before joining the staff in July 2010, first as Web Editor, and most recently as Multimedia Editor. She received a Masters in Journalism with a concentration in Photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was co-chair for the student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association. She has worked in the non-profit sector for the Peruvian-American Medical Society and has been published in Utne Reader magazine, the Village Voice and Pitchfork Music. You can contact her at [email protected]
  • Gender Portraits

    Direct Quote: Celebrating Gender Diversity Through Art

    Drew Riley is a 29-year-old Austin artist and creator of “Gender Portraits,” a series of paintings accompanied by personal stories of gender nonconformists. Full Story

  • Lauren Johnson

    Direct Quote: An Inside View

    Lauren Johnson knows all too well the stigma that's often associated with having a felony conviction. Johnson now advocates with Austin-based nonprofit Grassroots Leadership to help people with a criminal history and their families get access to food stamps. Full Story

  • Ebony Stewart

    Direct Quote: Words on a Stage

    Three-time slam poetry champion, Ebony Stewart, travels around the country using spoken word to confront issues on sexual health, gender and body-image issues. Full Story

  • East Austin

    Direct Quote: Digging into Austin’s East Side

    Community activist Elizabeth Walsh believes there's room for a lot more more creativity and respect in the gentrification of East Austin. Full Story

  • Full Video of DPS Helicopter Shooting

    In this full version, a state police officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) shoots at an unarmed truck of immigrants. Out of the three wounded men, only one would survive to tell his story. Full Story