Kathryn Watson is an investigative reporter for Watchdog.org's Virginia Bureau. Her work has appeared in places like Drudge Report, Washington Examiner, Reason and Human Events, and she has made appearances on Fox News and NBC4. An alumna of the National Journalism Center, Katie is a member of Investigative Reporters Editors. She graduated with a journalism degree and highest honors from Biola University in L.A., where she ran the student newspaper. Her work has earned her "Best in Show" and two first-place awards from the Virginia Press Association.

McAuliffe makes time for fundraisers, but not to respond on immigration

By   /  July 24, 2014  /  News, Open Records, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe has yet to respond to any questions as to how he’ll address the border crisis that’s affecting Virginia. He has too many things on his plate.

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McAuliffe refuses to talk now, but in 2007 said, ‘Shut the borders down’

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  Commentary, Virginia  /  No Comments

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I knew it was going to be a long day waiting outside Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office. So, making sure I had plenty of protein bars and water, I arrived at the lobby on the floor of the governor’s office in the Patrick Henry Building at 7:55 a.m. on Monday, intent on waiting until I had some response from the governor’s press team on the governor’s plans for unaccompanied, undocumented minors in Virginia.

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As Virginians protest illegal immigration, Alexandria facilities house undocumented minors

By   /  July 18, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

A juvenile detention facility in Northern Virginia is set up to help house undocumented minors, in addition to delinquent local youth.

By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Overlooking the cars just outside the nation’s capital from above Route 617 in Springfield, Virginians plan to protest on Friday over the federal government’s handling of the border crisis.
It is one of  many protests planned this weekend by people upset over the border surge.
But just four miles [...]

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McAuliffe’s office stonewalls on immigration, Watchdog.org resorts to FOIA

By   /  July 18, 2014  /  Immigration, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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In December, Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe told a room full of reporters he had a “vision for transparency, of working closely with the media to get Virginians the information they need.”

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Federal rep refuses Watchdog.org info on immigrant kids, McAuliffe remains silent

By   /  July 16, 2014  /  Immigration, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

OVERWHELMING DUTIES: The U.S. Border Patrol cannot keep more than 1,000 immigrants in custody and must release them.

The Administration for Children and Families is refusing to tell Watchdog.org where in Virginia it has placed any illegal immigrant children flooding the border — or where it plans to send any more.

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Flood of undocumented children crossing border reaches Virginia county

By   /  July 15, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

COURT BATTLE: County Commission Chairman Corey Stewart calls "Secure Communities" initiative "a joke."

It was only a matter of time before some of the thousands of undocumented children flooding the United States’ border reached Virginia.

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