Aaron Schrank

Reporter

Before joining Texas Public Radio, Aaron worked as a reporter and anchor at Wyoming Public Radio in Laramie, covering K-12 education across the Cowboy State. Prior journalism experience includes freelance reporting in Los Angeles and interning at outlets including NPR, Southern California Public Radio and ABC's Nightline. Aaron left Texas Public Radio in 2016, and now lives in California. 

Aaron has won regional Edward R. Murrow awards for his reporting on school nutrition standards as well as rodeo culture’s treatment of gay fans and athletes. His radio work has aired on programs including NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, American Public Media’s Marketplace, PRI’s The World and National Native News

 

He earned a master’s degree in audio journalism from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. 

 

When not reporting, he spends time hiking, camping, traveling and exploring film, music, and food.

 

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, arrested more than 680 foreign nationals last Thursday and Friday in a series of enforcement actions. 

The agency says 51 of those arrests were made in Austin, and no arrests were made on those days in San Antonio or the rest of the region overseen by ICE's San Antonio field office. That office covers Austin and much of South Texas. 

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Last month, San Antonio’s Archbishop removed the longtime priest at Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church. It's not just any church. It was founded by converts from the Anglican Church--and was the very first Catholic parish in the country to bring Anglican traditions into mass. Some worry the priest’s removal threatens those traditions. 

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Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro left his position as President Obama’s Housing Secretary two weeks ago, and says the U.S.-Mexico relationship has since reached a crossroads.  

"The key to maintaining our sanity over these next four years and also ensuring that we come out on the other end of it a better country--is to adhere to the values that have always defined the United States," said Castro. "And to follow the blueprint that has been set out for the relationship with Mexico."

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Hundreds attended ‘Muslim Capitol Day’ in Austin on Tuesday. The regular event encourages Muslim Texans to meet with their state representatives. Today’s Muslim Day event was scheduled months ago, but takes on new meaning following Friday’s executive order by President Donald Trump restricting U.S. immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries.

More than a thousand people flooded the south steps of the Capitol for the event organized by The Council on Islamic Relations, or CAIR. CAIR San Antonio President Sarwat Husain says it’s been her duty to come here every other year and make her voice heard.

"Lately we have seen some demonstrations against us," Husain says. "That is not going to stop us at all. We are Americans."

Two years ago, the Muslim Day rally was interrupted by protesters. Today, hundreds of non-Muslims formed a human chain to keep any protesters away from participants. Rashad Sharaf was one of at least 30 Muslims who came to Tuesday’s event from San Antonio. He says the display made him feel proud to be an American.

"After the elections, I was slowly beginning to lose faith, but now, really, when I see--around the country--how people have spontaneously risen to protest. And what I see in San Antonio, what I see over here, it really is heartwarming," Sharaf says.

 

He and others visited the offices of several state lawmakers--including House Speaker Joe Strauss. The group brought up issues including immigrant rights, bullying and police body cameras. Muslim groups also came from Houston and Dallas.

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Pope Francis has nominated a Hill Country priest to be San Antonio's new Auxiliary Bishop.  

Monsignor Michael Boulette will be ordained in March and will assist Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller across the growing San Antonio region. Boullette is founder and director of a spiritual training program for priests called 'St. Peter Upon The Water' in Ingram.  The Bishop-Elect says he has mixed emotions about his new role in the Church. 

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