Transparency: Meet the team

A four-month investigation reveals Houston's $8 million police body-camera program is falling short of its promise.

Transparency is an investigative documentary team housed at KHOU-TV out of Houston, Texas. The team's mission is to give a voice to the voiceless.

Jeremy Rogalski / Investigative Reporter

Jeremy began investigating criminal justice issues for KHOU in 2004.

His recent work exposed the Houston Police Department’s failure to analyze fingerprint evidence in more than 2,000 crimes. In another series of reports, three HPD officers pleaded guilty to felony charges in a speeding ticket-rigging scandal. Those officers listed each other as witnesses on tickets when they were never there, all to later collect more court overtime.

The ticket-rigging series earned Jeremy an Investigative Reporters and Editors award. Additionally, Jeremy has won 20 regional Emmy awards for his work and two DuPont Columbia University awards, the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.

Jeremy is a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., and a native Chicagoan, where he grew up in the left field bleachers of Wrigley Field.

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Keith Tomshe / Investigative Photojournalist


Tomshe's journey as a photojournalist started with a cute girl in a journalism class in high school. He figured if he took the class, he'd have a better chance landing a date with the cute girl. It didn't work out.

Instead of getting the girl to fall for him, he fell for journalism. He went to Sam Houston State to major in it. For the last 23 years, he's made a living at making the unvisual visual.

Oh, and he found the girl of his dreams, his wife, anyway -- in a journalism class at Sam.

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Ty Scholes / Investigative Researcher

Ty is a desert-dweller dropped in the swamps of East Texas. A recent graduate of Arizona State University’s Cronkite School, he has a compulsion to share information and an undying love for the underdog.

While working as an investigative reporter for PBS’s award-winning Cronkite News, Ty covered Arizona’s worsening heroin epidemic, as well as malfeasance in the alternative medicine industry.

Raised in Phoenix, Ariz., Ty left home with an unruly but dogged spirit of inquiry. Fluke after fluke found him working in his field of dreams: investigative reporting.

When he’s not lost in the annals of the World Wide Web, Ty enjoys casual cycling, art exhibitions and eating good food with good friends under an open sky.

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Stephanie Kuzydym / Investigative Researcher

After writing her first book in elementary school, Stephanie decided she wanted to spend her life telling stories. As she grew, she spent hundred of hours watching sports with her dad on their couch in Northern Indiana. She decided to marry the two together and became a sports word nerd with a degree in it from Indiana University.

In the last four years, she's lived in four different states, covering some of the top high school and collegiate athletic departments. During that time, she found she's most interested in the intersection of sports and other topics, especially sports and health.

Stephanie spent a year investigating concussions in Northeast Ohio and produced a two-month long concussion project entitled Mind Over Matter.

She can be found running, reading, playing with her puppy Bentley or in front of whatever the next game is that comes on television.

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Matt Keyser / Digital Investigative Reporter

Matt fell in love with storytelling at the kitchen table each morning with a newspaper. Most times it involved getting lost in the sports section, soaking up the box scores and reliving a big win or heartbreaking loss.

Those days led to a life of love for words and writing and a career as a journalist. For nearly a decade, Matt has traveled across Texas and the nation sharing people’s stories. In his two years at KHOU, Matt has covered the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Ike, Craig Biggio’s induction into the baseball Hall of Fame, and investigated why parents continue to leave their children in hot cars.

When he’s not writing, Matt is likely either spending time with his wife and two dogs, cooking, playing golf, binging on Netflix or cheering on his beloved Dallas Cowboys (sorry not sorry, Houston).

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