The Texas public school system almost broke Andrew Gonzales' spirit. Then he won a leadership role in Austin Independent School District.
Michelle Pitcher is a staff writer at the Texas Observer, covering criminal justice, housing, and education. She received her master’s in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley and was part of the team at The Marshall Project that won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Her reporting has been featured on NPR, FiveThirtyEight, The Dallas Morning News, and more. Michelle was born and raised in Dallas and is now based in Austin.
Articles by Michelle Pitcher
Texas' deadly spring continues: Two Black men, Gary Green and Arthur Brown Jr. are set to be killed this week by the state.
Andre Thomas is scheduled to be executed in April.
"I'm willing to die for the cause, because I can't live."
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals will now reconsider Areli Escobar’s case which prosecutors and defense attorneys agree relied on flawed forensics.
“We defended these books, which remained in the library ... We saw book banning slow down, and that was really phenomenal to see.”
The city quietly paid off Alan Pean, a man injured by an off-duty Bayou City police officer during a mental health crisis.
Fort Worth spends six times more on criminal justice than community services.
Federal grants are rebooting higher education behind bars, but the benefits aren't evenly distributed to all of the incarcerated.
“Critical Race Theory” boosts multiple new conservative voices onto the board, including a participant in January 6 pro-Trump rally.