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Lead investigative reporter Brian Collister departs KXAN

Gary Dinges

Brian Collister, KXAN’s lead investigative reporter, has departed the station.

In an interview with the American-Statesman, Collister, who spent nearly four years at the city’s NBC affiliate, said he’s already busy looking for his next opportunity.

“Like any relationship, sometimes the parties decide they need to go in a new direction – and that’s what we decided to do,” he said.

Before arriving at KXAN, he spent time as an investigative reporter at KTRK in Houston and WOAI in San Antonio. Earlier in his career, he helped start the 7 On Your Side unit at Austin’s KTBC.

“I’ve been an investigative reporter for 20 years,” Collister said. “Whether it’s here in Austin, elsewhere in Texas or beyond, I’m going to continue to fight for the public’s right to know.”

While at KXAN, Collister and the station’s heavily promoted investigative team won a slew of awards, including the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for their coverage of racial profiling by Texas law enforcement officers.

“Viewers and tipsters were confident we’d tell their stories,” Collister said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity I had to do some really great things at KXAN. I appreciate every opportunity they gave me.”

While he’s not sure what’s next, Collister said there’s one thing he wants viewers to know no matter where he lands.

“Regardless of where I am, I want people to realize they can still reach out and I can help them,” he said.