David Barer is the Senior Investigative Producer and Digital Reporter with KXAN’s investigative team. David was born and raised in Houston. He received a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and a master’s of journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin. David has reported for Reporting Texas, KUT News, Austin American-Statesman, Associated Press, Texas Climate News and Community Impact Newspaper. His work has been syndicated by many more publications. While studying at UT, David was selected from students throughout the country to help cover President Obama’s inauguration as a digital reporter for PBS NewsHour. David was also one of the first Belo Fellows of Journalism at The Dallas Morning News, where he covered state politics and general assignments from the paper’s Austin bureau. In his spare time, David enjoys fishing throughout Central Texas.


In recent years, there have been efforts to increase other competency restoration alternatives – like jail-based or outpatient methods – but for some people, those options are not always available.