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Rachel Osier Lindley

Rachel Osier Lindley is the Statewide Coordinating Editor for the Texas Station Collaborative.

Lindley holds an MBA from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, as well as a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, Lindley received News Manager Training & Certification from Public Radio News Directors Inc. in 2015 and is currently a PRNDI board member. Previously, Lindley has served as news director for WBHM in Birmingham, Ala., where she established the station as a statewide journalistic force in Alabama.

Lindley also served as news director at Marfa Public Radio/West Texas Public Radio, where she played an essential role in building the station from the ground up. Lindley was recently named “Best Reporter” in radio by the Alabama Associated Press Media Editors.

The 86th Texas Legislature is underway, and one group of state lawmakers say they are determined to make sure public safety needs in rural areas are better met, especially when it comes to the state’s backlog of rape evidence kits.  

From Texas Standard:

This political season in Texas, yard signs have been at the center of stories that sound straight out of The Onion. There’s the couple who turned their front lawn into a giant, hand-painted Beto O’Rourke sign. Or the anti-Brett Kavanaugh sign in Hamilton that police threatened to confiscate after Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller posted about it on Facebook. Our Texas Decides series continues with a listener question you might call a sign of the times.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera/Bob Daemmrich

It was more duel than debate as Republican Senator Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke went after each other from the start of their Friday showdown in Dallas. Snappy and heavy on snark, Cruz and O’Rourke held nothing back in the first of three debates.

GABRIEL C. PÉREZ / KUT

Update 3/23

A string of bombings in Austin this month have the city on edge. Two people have been killed and four others hurt.

The Austin Police Department, along with state and federal agencies, are racing to figure out who’s behind the bombings. And the radius of their investigation grew Tuesday, after a package exploded at a FedEx facility in Schertz, a city of roughly 40,000 that borders San Antonio and is about 60 miles south of Austin.

But that blast was just the beginning.


The 85th Texas Legislature is over. And while the threat of a special session looms, most of us are still trying to figure out what actually made it across the finish line.