Maggie Q. Thompson

News Editor

Maggie Q. Thompson joined The Austin Chronicle as Assistant News Editor in February 2022 and took on the mantle of News Editor in May 2023. Maggie takes a special interest in criminal justice reporting, having cut her teeth as a crime and courts reporter in Spokane, Washington. She grew up in a college town on the Washington/Idaho border and now lives in North Austin with her husband and their two dachshunds and one cat.

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Plantations to Prison Farms: How Far Have We Come?
Plantations to Prison Farms: How Far Have We Come?
Texas’ tradition of forced labor lives on

News, June 13, 2024

Texas’ Maternal Mortality Committee Loses Advocate, Adds Anti-Abortion Doctor
Texas’ Maternal Mortality Committee Loses Advocate, Adds Anti-Abortion Doctor
As committee expands, former advocate role is eliminated

News, May 22, 2024

Palestinian Woman Finds a Friend in Austin and a Plan to Escape From Gaza
Palestinian Woman Finds a Friend in Austin and a Plan to Escape From Gaza
How a Snapchat message turned into an evacuation campaign

News, May 16, 2024

Adoptable Poison Ivy-Munching Goats Make Dramatic Return to Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail
Adoptable Poison Ivy-Munching Goats Make Dramatic Return to Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail
They will be back

News, May 9, 2024

Remembering the Reasons for the Protests
Remembering the Reasons for the Protests
Students call for UT to divest from weapons manufacturers

News, May 2, 2024

SCOTUS Blocked Shackles in Court. What About Jail Cell Hearings in Austin?
SCOTUS Blocked Shackles in Court. What About Jail Cell Hearings in Austin?
Bail hearings in confinement are common in Travis County

News, April 22, 2024

Books, Sculpture, and Weed Lead Our Recommended Arts Events
Books, Sculpture, and Weed Lead Our Recommended Arts Events
It'd be a lot cooler if you went to one of these events this week

Arts, April 18, 2024

Geto Gala, Two Step Inn, and a 420 Smokeout Headline Our Crucial Concerts
Geto Gala, Two Step Inn, and a 420 Smokeout Headline Our Crucial Concerts
From country to hip-hop to sludge metal, get some ideas for your week in live music

Music, April 18, 2024

VIDEO: Travis County Violating Rights by Barring Attorneys From Bail Hearings, ACLU Claims
VIDEO: Travis County Violating Rights by Barring Attorneys From Bail Hearings, ACLU Claims
Virtual hearings at times conducted through slots in jail cell doors

News, April 18, 2024

ACLU Sues Demanding Attorneys Be Present at Initial Bail Hearings
ACLU Sues Demanding Attorneys Be Present at Initial Bail Hearings
Travis County blocks defenders; ACLU says that's unconstitutional

News, April 11, 2024

Texas Has Kicked 1.3M Kids Off Medicaid, Most Often for Incomplete Applications
Texas Has Kicked 1.3M Kids Off Medicaid, Most Often for Incomplete Applications
The state has the rest of April to process another 195,000 pending cases

News, April 11, 2024

Squirrel Fest, a Bidi Bidi Birthday, and More Community Events
Squirrel Fest, a Bidi Bidi Birthday, and More Community Events
Plan your week with some of our recommended happenings around town

Arts, April 11, 2024

Mini Music Fests Abound in This Week's Crucial Concerts
Mini Music Fests Abound in This Week's Crucial Concerts
Country, hip-hop, pop, and more shows worth the cover

Music, April 11, 2024

No Beyoncé, Lots of Jelly Roll, and More Takeaways From the CMT Music Awards
No Beyoncé, Lots of Jelly Roll, and More Takeaways From the CMT Music Awards
Best and worst moments from the ceremony’s uneven Moody Center return

Music, April 8, 2024

After DEI Cuts, This Sixth-Gen Austinite Is Losing Access to UT
After DEI Cuts, This Sixth-Gen Austinite Is Losing Access to UT
“It feels like Jim Crow”

News, April 5, 2024

Elizabeth Morris: 100 Years of Memories in Austin
Elizabeth Morris: 100 Years of Memories in Austin
Of back porches, corrupt politicians, and fireworks at Zilker

News, April 4, 2024

Texas Maternal Mortality Task Force Hasn’t Counted Abortion Death Cases for 10 Years
Texas Maternal Mortality Task Force Hasn’t Counted Abortion Death Cases for 10 Years
Committee members discovered longtime omission this year

News, March 22, 2024

Texas Task Force That Reviews Pregnancy-Related Deaths Losing Advocate Role
Texas Task Force That Reviews Pregnancy-Related Deaths Losing Advocate Role
When state withheld death data, advocate pushed back

News, March 13, 2024

SXSW Panel Finds Families Struggling to Make Ends Meet in Different Ways Across America
SXSW Panel Finds Families Struggling to Make Ends Meet in Different Ways Across America
Mayors meet in Austin to discuss the affordability problem

SXSW, March 8, 2024

Sherine Thomas Unseats Incumbent in Family-Focused 353rd Court, Takes On Backlog
Sherine Thomas Unseats Incumbent in Family-Focused 353rd Court, Takes On Backlog
She aims to have streamlined court processes in the first six months

News, March 7, 2024

José Garza Wins Democratic Primary in Contentious District Attorney Race
José Garza Wins Democratic Primary in Contentious District Attorney Race
Garza got two thirds of the vote

News, March 6, 2024

Will Texas Outlaw IVF Following Alabama Ruling?
Will Texas Outlaw IVF Following Alabama Ruling?
Abbott not pushing legislation, but signals support for IVF

News, Feb. 27, 2024

After a Million Texas Kids Were Kicked Off Medicaid, Thousands More Are Still in Limbo
After a Million Texas Kids Were Kicked Off Medicaid, Thousands More Are Still in Limbo
Application backlog grew from December to January

News, Feb. 15, 2024

Dog Toys and Puppy Sports Lead Our Recommended Community Events
Dog Toys and Puppy Sports Lead Our Recommended Community Events
Bucking broncos, drag vampires, and more highlights

Arts, Feb. 8, 2024

How Much You Need to Make to Buy a House in Austin
How Much You Need to Make to Buy a House in Austin
In 2024, we’ve got lower prices, higher monthly payments

News, Feb. 1, 2024

Austin Milk Bank Surpasses 10 Million Ounces Dispensed
Austin Milk Bank Surpasses 10 Million Ounces Dispensed
The only accredited nonprofit milk bank in Central Texas isn’t slowing down

News, Jan. 25, 2024

Feds Approve Texas’ Plan to Expand Medicaid to Postpartum Moms
Feds Approve Texas’ Plan to Expand Medicaid to Postpartum Moms
Texas is one of the last states to offer new moms coverage

News, Jan. 17, 2024

Tips for Freezing Temperatures in Austin and Where to Go to Stay Warm
Tips for Freezing Temperatures in Austin and Where to Go to Stay Warm
It’s gonna be cold! Here’s what you should do.

News, Jan. 12, 2024

Is Medicaid for Postpartum Moms Still Happening? Most Likely.
Is Medicaid for Postpartum Moms Still Happening? Most Likely.
Federal agency has a track record of long delays answering Texas’ requests

News, Jan. 11, 2024

Three Years After the January 6 Insurrection, What’s Changed in Central Texas?
Three Years After the January 6 Insurrection, What’s Changed in Central Texas?
Locals have pleaded guilty, but conspiracy theories still reign

News, Jan. 6, 2024

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