Veteran Austin journalist Tony Plohetski joined the KVUE Defenders investigative team in August 2013. He will continue reporting for the Austin American-Statesman through an arrangement with the newspaper to share his work.
Since arriving in Austin in 2000, Tony has been on the front lines of some of the region's biggest news stories: Three major hurricanes, the Bastrop wildfires, the shooting of Austin police officer Jaime Padron and, most recently, the explosion in West.
Tony specializes in coverage of law enforcement, criminal justice and local government and has distinguished himself as a go-to authority in those areas. He has received honors from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, including for his coverage of the 2009 police shooting of Nathaniel Sanders -- the person behind the 2010 intentional plane crash into a North Austin office building -- and for his watchdog coverage that included the hiring process of the Austin Fire Department.
He received national recognition in 2010 for his narrative account of an Austin father who accidentally forgot his 18-month-old son in the family's minivan on a hot August day, only to find him dead hours later.
Tony started his journalism career in his hometown in rural Mississippi, working for his hometown newspaper and radio station beginning at age 13. He attended the University of Mississippi and graduated with the highest academic honors.
An avid runner and foodie, you can often find Tony checking out new Austin restaurants -- then running off those calories on the hike-and-bike trail.