Dani Matias

Student Reporter

Austin, Texas

Dani Matias


As San Antonio Turns 300, The City Is Planning A Challenging Birthday


The US Plans To Collect Immigrants’ Social Media Data

Nothing is private once it’s posted on the internet, but social media users, especially in the U.S., expect to have the freedom to post almost anything they want. Now, the federal government wants access to accounts, search histories and other information from those filing to immigrate to the U.S.

Can We Taco ’bout Fashion?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal says tacos are a fashion trend. Tacos are now plastered on shirts, hats, and pants. Anything you can wear, you name it. Mondo Rayo is Texas’ top taco journalist and co-author of The Tacos of Texas. Rayo says if you scroll through pictures on Instagram, or hashtags on Twitter, you’ll come across numerous examples of taco-obsessed attire, which are often more expensive than you might expect.

Cowgirl Boots Made One Woman’s Wedding Miracle Possible

As she planned her wedding, Austinite Jenifer Jacobus faced a new health challenge. She could still wear her boots, but walking was a little tough. In 2014, Jacobus was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease that attacks one’s central nervous system and damages the flow of information between the brain and the body.

JFK Assassination Buffs Await Massive Federal Document Release

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been fodder for conspiracy theorists for more than 50 years. But what exactly happened on that late November day in Dallas, and what happened afterward may become clearer this week. The federal government is scheduled to release thousands of never-before-seen documents.

New Book Celebrates The Stories Of Small Town Texas

Joe Holley is a native Texan and a columnist for the Houston Chronicle. His new book, “Hometown Texas,“ collects columns he has written during the last five years. The book is a collaboration with photographer Peter Brown. Holley tells a story about the town of Nacogdoches, where four young Brooklyn men were appearing at the local opera house.

Got unwelcome critter guests? Who you gonna call?

On a blistering August afternoon in south Austin, Mike Dillon grabs a bucket and tongs and carefully extracts a coachwhip snake from the backyard of a resident who eagerly called for his help. For Dillon, the phone rings a lot. On this day, hovering at 99 degrees, he arrives to relocate a live snake from the woman’s home.

From Shop To Street, Ice-Cold Paletas Connect Generations In North Texas

There’s something about the familiar tune of an ice cream truck that sends people back to their childhood. For people in the Mexican culture, a different sound triggers similar nostalgia: Four copper bells clanging in the distance means paletas, or popsicles, are right around the corner. Paletas are traditionally sold on foot by a male vendor called a paletero, like 54-year-old Andres Mejorada.

Austin Car Clubs Give Community A Lift

Some kids come home from school and hog the television remote or hide behind their smartphone for hours. Nine-year-old Angel Martinez, however, is usually found twisting a wrench on his “lowrider” bicycle or helping his dad wipe oil off car parts. Lowriders say the hobby teaches kids how to care for something, learn independence and, most importantly, helps keep them off the streets.
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Dani Matias

I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and working toward a minor in Spanish. I am from Fort Worth, Texas. I have gained experience in broadcast, radio, print and multimedia journalism by working for campus organizations and at professional internships.

I have a passion for reporting on marginalized communities and helping to raise awareness. I am an active member of Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc., NABJ, NAHJ and AAJA. I hope to join more organizations that help me understand different point of views and beliefs in order to accurately represent all communities in my stories.

This spring, I am interning for an online publication called College Media Network as a digital producer, and working for the Daily Texan's podcast department as their technical producer.