Jayme Lozano covers rural news in West Texas for The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit digital news organization based in Austin. Prior to this, Lozano reported on the rise of rural hospital closures in Texas for Lubbock’s NPR station, KTTZ, and the PBS series “Frontline.” Her journalism career started at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal as a copy editor, and as a reporter she reestablished the regional news beat. Lozano studied journalism at South Plains College and Texas Tech University. Her work has earned awards from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors.
Beat: Community reporting in the Texas Panhandle and South Plains
The Texas Panhandle is home to 900,000 people and includes 13 counties without a newspaper. This bilingual multimedia reporter is embedded in this region, developing strong ties with local residents, and amplifying their experiences to readers, including legislators. These rural areas face major issues including inadequate funding for infrastructure, and access to quality education and health care.