G.W. Schulz

G.W. Schulz is a journalist of 15 years covering security and criminal justice issues and a recent graduate of the Master's program in journalism at the University of Texas-Austin.

By G.W. Schulz:


The Eyes Above Texas

THE EYES ABOVE TEXAS An Observer analysis finds that DPS’ spy planes are flying over Texas communities, with little oversight. – by G.W. Schulz and Melissa del Bosque May 23, 2018 In recent years, the Texas Department of Public Safety … Read More

News, News, The Issue

Tracking DPS Across the Sky: How We Did It

Tracking DPS Across the Sky: How We Did It To find out where the Texas Department of Public Safety flies its two surveillance aircraft, the Texas Observer and the Investigative Fund teamed up to analyze commercially available flight data that … Read More


The Surge

How Texas’ decade-long border security operation has turned South Texas into one of the most heavily policed and surveilled places in the nation. Read More


After Observer Story, Congressman Questions DEA’s Secretive Surveillance Partnership with Texas National Guard

“I want to know why a federal law enforcement agency is working with a military unit,” Congressman Joaquin Castro said in an interview.

Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro is asking the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to explain its role in the use of controversial cellphone spying devices on surveillance aircraft owned by the Texas National Guard, after the Observer first reported on the partnership … Read More

Ridehailing, Austin
Culture, Featured Stories, Investigative Projects, The Issue

Fare Game

Lessons I learned from hustling for a living in the brave new ‘gig economy’.

What one ridehailing driver learned after Austin voters gave Uber and Lyft the boot. Tips are still lousy and passengers are still, well... Read More