About Nicole

05216017_NicoleCobler_EDITED_016.jpgI’m a senior majoring in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and an intern at the Houston Chronicle’s Austin bureau. I’ll cover the Texas Legislature at the bureau until I graduate in May.

I’ve spent my senior year as president of UT’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. During the fall, I also worked as a reporting fellow for The Texas Tribune –an online nonprofit media organization in Texas covering state government and public policy.

I spent this summer as an investigative reporter for News21 – a national investigative journalism project housed at Arizona State University. I reported on voter fraud in Texas for the publication’s Voting Wars Project, and found that voter fraud in Texas is predominately through mail-in ballots and can’t be prevented by the state’s voter ID law. My story was published by the Washington Post and other news outlets around the state.

I also have journalism experience through my internships at the Austin American-Statesman, San Antonio Express-News and the Victoria Advocate. Much of my focus as a student journalist has been on politics, which I became interested in while covering 84th Texas Legislature as an intern at the San Antonio-Express News’ Austin bureau.

Through my reporting experience, I’ve been able to broaden my knowledge of shooting and editing video in Final Cut Pro and have had the opportunity to create interactive visualizations that run with my stories. My goal is to not only sharpen my reporting skills by the time I graduate, but also to learn how to use interactive visualizations and social media to enhance my stories for readers.