G.W. Schulz

Austin, Texas

G.W. Schulz

Journalist covering the Lone Star State and beyond



Lessons I learned from hustling in the 'gig economy'

Life as the lowest-ranking member of the ride-hailing explosion
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Are Christian activists behind a breach of 18M voter records?

Chris Vickery could hardly believe what he was looking at: millions of bits of personal information.

Indiana serial killer’s victims still unknown after his death

At first, Scott McCord thought the boxes contained trash and nearly tossed them out.

Left for Dead: America's missing and unidentified

More than 10,000 people have been found deceased without an identity in the United States

Va. police secretively stockpiling phone records

Another secretive database of phone records has gone largely unnoticed and without scrutiny.

Coast Guard's deadly accidents highlight lapses in safety

Retired Coast Guard master chief William J. Johnson frequently jogged along the shoreline.

Hollywood-style police tech inches closer to reality

CIR and KQED take an inside look at the emerging technologies that could revolutionize policing

How subpoenas can turn your personal info against you

It’s not just the NSA that can create a dossier on you

Four of five border drug busts involve US citizens

The public’s view of a typical drug smuggler might not include a Naval Academy grad

Mall visitors unknowingly end up in terror reports

On May 1, 2008, at 4:59 p.m., Brad Kleinerman entered the spooky world of homeland security.

Government secrecy orders stifle more than 5,000 inventions

More than 5,300 such orders have been issued, with some of them in effect for decades

As drone debate rages, police move on to spy planes

Who needs stinking drones when you have an all-seeing manned plane?


G.W. Schulz

G.W. Schulz is a graduate journalism student at the University of Texas-Austin. He has been an investigative reporter for 12 years, most recently as a staff journalist at the Center for Investigative Reporting in California, where he spent nearly eight years.

At CIR, Schulz covered security, technology, digital rights and criminal justice. In 2015, he released a multi-platform project with the center exploring the thousands of people who have been found deceased in the United States and never identified. The project won numerous awards, including a national Sigma Delta Chi award, two National Headliner Awards, two national Edward R. Murrow awards and a national Emmy for new approaches in current news coverage. It was published and aired in partnership with major daily newspapers and websites, PBS NewsHour and the CIR-produced public radio program Reveal, which broadcasts on public radio stations around the United States.

His other reporting at CIR has won a regional Emmy in Public Affairs for a documentary showing that the sheriff of Los Angeles County secretly experimented with high-altitude surveillance technology. He has also won a National Headliner Award for reporting on deadly accidents in the Coast Guard and shared in a Tom Renner Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors for collaborative work with the Chauncey Bailey Project, which investigated the killing of a prominent African American newspaper editor in Oakland.

Schulz has reported stories for NPR, PBS,, Newsweek, The Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle and others. Before CIR, Schulz was a staff writer at the San Francisco Bay Guardian and Urban Tulsa Weekly. Schulz completed his undergraduate journalism degree at the University of Kansas in 2003.



  • Homeland Security
  • National Security
  • Criminal Justice
  • Open Government
  • Data Reporting
  • Investigative Reporting
  • Document Reporting