Jayme Fraser covers suburban government and growth for the Houston Chronicle. She joined the newspaper as a Heart Journalism Fellow after graduating from The University of Montana's School of Journalism, where she studied multimedia storytelling. Before coming to Texas in 2012, Jayme's byline appeared in The Seattle Times, The Oregonian and several small newspapers throughout the northwest. She also reported on the Montana State Legislature for a no-charge news service designed to ensure even the state's smallest communities had access to journalism about their elected officials.
She has covered higher education, nonprofits, medical marijuana, religion and governments ranging from local and state to tribal and federal. She has interviewed teenagers as they ducked under church pews to evade gunfire, donned a blue sanitation suit to shuffle through 7,300 hens laying organic eggs in a methane-clouded barn and revealed that executive members of the Houston mayor's staff used city funds to pay the bills of a floundering nonprofit that would eventually file for bankruptcy. A story that questioned the conviction of a father for the death of his infant son spurred the Montana Innocence Project to push for his release from prison, and an investigation that revealed hundreds of homeless veterans slept on Houston streets despite available funding led two federal agencies to change their rules.
Lanier Middle School (Houston): Feb. 12, 2015