Morgan Gstalter is a storyteller.

Journalist by trade and curious by nature, she has been working towards a career in media since she wrote her first newspaper article in second grade.

She currently reports on Southeast Texas breaking news, criminal justice and public safety issues for Hearst’s fifth largest newspaper, The Beaumont Enterprise.

Just two months into the job, she walked through the waist-deep flood waters of  Hurricane Harvey to provide residents with breaking news coverage and human interest follow-ups of recovery efforts. Regardless of power outages or flooded highways, Morgan worked on a four person reporting team while living out the biggest story in Texas this year.

She is a 2017 graduate of the Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication; while there, she interned as a breaking news reporter for the Des Moines Register, held numerous editorial leadership positions for The Times-Delphic weekly student newspaper and was selected editor-in-chief of the Urban Plains online magazine, which won the 2017 Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award under her leadership.

Morgan’s bylines have been featured in the Des Moines Register, USA TODAY and Hearst network partners (Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, Hardin County News, Seattle Pi and San Francisco Chronicle.)

Originally from Chicago, Morgan is a loyal Lou Malnati’s deep-dish pizza enthusiast and loves people watching on public transportation.