Christian McPhate is an award-winning journalist who specializes in investigative reporting. He covers crime, the environment, business, government and social justice. His work has appeared in several publications, including the Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the Miami Herald, San Antonio Express News and The Washington Times.
6 days ago | News
When I saw 23-year-old Jerry Drake Varnell’s mugshot on my Facebook newsfeed, I didn't know there'd be a single degree of separation between us. Federal authorities arrested Varnell early Saturday, Aug. 12. He's charged with plotting an att...
6 days ago | DFW Music News
Ride for Dime has yet to announce its annual celebration and ride in memory of Dimebag Darrell Abbott, but it hasn't stopped local bands from coming together to celebrate the late guitarist on his birthday this weekend at The Rail Club.
7 days ago | News
Denton local Willie Hudspeth has spent the last decade trying to remove the confederate soldier monument on the courthouse lawn. Now he plans to run for Denton County Judge if he can get the 1,800 signatures needed to get on the ballot.
9 days ago | Legal Battles
Joshua Baish looks uncomfortable in his orange jumpsuit as he tells his story in a video conference call at the Denton County Jail in early August. Fifteen video monitors line the walls inside the small visitation room, and nearly all of them...
21 days ago | News
Sara Mutschlechner was the designated driver for her friends on New Year's Eve in 2016. The 20-year-old was enrolled in the radio, television and film program at the University of North Texas. Eric Johnson was a 21-year-old Marine c...
22 days ago | Crime
The Sotelo family gathers on the patio of Tia’s on the Bluff as a guitarist fingerpicks Spanish tunes. It's a large family with roots in what was once known as the Rock Island neighborhood on the north side of Fort Worth. On this Sunday afternoon ...