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Jan Ross Piedad

News Operations Producer

Raised in San Antonio, Jan Ross is a graduate of UT Austin’s School of Journalism. Before Texas Public Radio, she interned for the News Desk at NPR Headquarters and the network’s mid-day program, Here & Now. She was a member of Texas Standard’s digital-first web team during the newsmagazine show’s launch in 2015. Jan Ross was selected for the inaugural cohort of Gwen Ifill Fellows by the International Women's Media Foundation, an alum of NPR's Next Generation Radio Project and an executive board member overseeing outreach for the Archer Fellowship Alumni Association. 

Jan Ross is interested in all things pop culture and global affairs. Her journalistic interests range from issues of social inequality to media commentary. She enjoys travel, podcasts, live music, and sharing the best of film and television. 


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Sixty-four percent of Texans support laws protecting gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination, according to the Public Religion Research Institute.

Yet a new report from Equality Texas details the many obstacles that still remain for nearly 1 million LGBTQ+ individuals living in Texas. What can policy do to change the future of equality in the state? 

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Palm oil is one of the most-traded commodities in the global economy and tropical countries around the world are working to meet the growing demand. What are the pros and cons of harvesting and consuming this ubiquitous crop? 

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The United States is seeing a sharp rise in the number of pedestrian fatalities, according to a recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Nearly 300 pedestrians were killed on Texas roads in the first half of 2018.

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A victim's forensic exam can be one of the strongest pieces of evidence in a sexual assault investigation. Why is so much evidence related to cases of sexual assault not being processed? 

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Genetic testing offers a peek into your own DNA and at-home kits can make the process even more accessible. What are the best practices for anyone looking to learn more about their genes?

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If your personal tax tradition is to wait until the last minute to file, this might be the year to reconsider. 

What are the evolutionary roots of today's partisan landscape? San Antonio-based clinical psychologist and author Hector Garcia's new book delves into factors contributing to sociopolitical divides and ideologies around the world. 

The 86th Texas legislature is in full swing. A coalition of San Antonio businesses and chambers of commerce are teaming up to vocalize their legislative priorities. 

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San Antonio is in a race against time to address key transportation issues to meet the demands of a growing population. 

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According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, at least 68.5 million people worldwide are displaced from home due to war or persecution. Many choose to seek asylum by applying for protection in another country. What does this legal process look like?