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Claire St. Amant

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Named one of Editor & Publisher’s 25 Under 35 in the newspaper industry, Claire St. Amant has written for the Wall Street Journal, Houston Chronicle and D Magazine. She has earned many writing accolades, including a Stephen Philbin Award for online legal reporting. St. Amant got her start as a reporter at People Newspapers, where she covered everything from cops and courts to education and real estate before being promoted to assistant managing editor.

A graduate of Baylor University and a returned Peace Corps volunteer, St. Amant is a native Texan who has also lived in South America and Eastern Europe. She credits surviving the Ukrainian winter to “This American Life” podcasts and Smart Wool socks.

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Black Widow Sentenced

Keller black widow Michele Williams gets 60 years for husband's murder

By Claire St. Amant

After deliberating for less than two hours, jurors sentenced Michele Williams to 60 years in prison for murder and 10 years for tampering with evidence. The sentences will be served ...


Live From the Courtroom

Jury gets an earful during punishment phase of Keller black widow murder trial

By Claire St. Amant

Jurors’ heads are likely spinning after testimony in the punishment phase of Michele Williams’ murder trial. They will now decide the 45-year-old mother’s fate.  Michele was found guilty of ...


Michele Williams Verdict

Jury finds Keller black widow Michele Williams guilty of murdering her husband

By Claire St. Amant

After deliberating for seven hours, on September 29, a Tarrant County jury found Michele Williams guilty of murdering her husband, Greg Williams, and tampering with evidence. She was found not ...


Highland Park Backpedal

Highland Park ISD puts banned books back on high school reading list

By Claire St. Amant

Seven books that were yanked from Highland Park High School's reading list last week have been reinstated. Superintendent Dawson Orr announced the news in an email to parents on ...


Live From the Courtroom

Jury begins deliberations in Michele Williams murder trial

By Claire St. Amant

UPDATE: After deliberating for seven hours, on September 29, the jury found Michele Williams guilty of murdering her husband, Greg Williams, and tampering with evidence. She was found not guilty ...


Fall Race Roundup

Get your run on at these 9 great fall races around Dallas-Fort Worth

By Claire St. Amant

The dog days of summer are long gone, and that means cooler weather and an uptick in activity. Because it’s always easier to stay on top of a busy ...


Black Widow Stays Silent

Michele Williams doesn't testify in her own defense at husband's murder trial

By Claire St. Amant

After calling a handful of witnesses, the defense has rested its case in the Michele Williams murder trial. The 45-year-old mother of four did not testify. Closing arguments and jury ...


Live From the Courtroom

Prosecution plays 48 Hours episode during Michele Williams murder trial

By Claire St. Amant

The prosecution used clips from 48 Hours as its final piece of evidence in the murder trial of Michele Williams. CultureMap Dallas worked with CBS for the May 3 episode ...


Live From the Courtroom

Interrogation video shows Michele Williams repeatedly denied husband's suicide

By Claire St. Amant

Michele Williams’ interrogation video took center stage on the second day of her Tarrant County murder trial. Michele, 45, is accused of shooting and killing her husband, Greg Williams, and ...


Live From the Courtroom

Son testifies that Michele Williams tried to frame another woman for husband's murder

By Claire St. Amant

Accused murderer Michele Williams wiped away tears as photos of her husband’s dead body were shown in court during the first day of her Tarrant County trial. Michele, 45 ...


Live From the Courtroom

Prosecutors offer new theory for why Keller black widow Michele Williams murdered her husband

By Claire St. Amant

The highly anticipated murder trial of Michele Williams began today in Tarrant County, and for the first time in the three-year investigation, prosecutors introduced a new theory of exactly what ...


Banned Books

Highland Park Lit Fest headliner among authors yanked from high school's reading list

By Claire St. Amant

English classes at Highland Park ISD look a bit different than expected this fall after parents successfully lobbied to have seven books temporarily removed from the high school's approved ...


Black Widow Goes On Trial

Keller black widow Michele Williams goes on trial for her husband's murder

By Claire St. Amant

Jury selection is now underway in the murder trial of the so-called Keller black widow Michele Williams. The 45-year-old mother of four is accused of killing her third husband, Greg ...


Links We Love

Taylor Swift lip dub, Jimmy Fallon turns 40 and more links we love

By Claire St. Amant

Editor's note: There's so much that's beautiful, funny, smart and informative on the Internet. Problem is, there's also a bunch of garbage. Here's the best ...


This Week's Hot Headlines

Banh Shop logo debacle and NFL boycott top 5 most popular stories this week

By Claire St. Amant

Editor's note: Another week has come and gone, and there's a lot we all probably missed. But we're looking out for you, kid. Here are the most ...


Crime Alert

SMU student reports sexual assault in campus dorm

By Claire St. Amant

An SMU student has reported that she was sexually assaulted by a male student on September 17. The incident occurred around 1 am in a room at the Crum Residence ...


Doing the Most Good

North Texas Giving Day raises record $26.3 million for area nonprofits

By Claire St. Amant

When the sun set on North Texas Giving Day, Dallas-area nonprofits were $26.3 million richer — a new national record for the day-long charity event. Held this year on September ...


Park Cities Crime

Man who raped SMU student arrested for second college-area sexual assault

By Claire St. Amant

University Park police report that a man has admitted to raping an SMU student on September 7. Torey Jamal Harris, 23, allegedly confessed to the crime while in custody for ...


TEDxSMU Lineup Revealed

TEDxSMU 2014 speakers include rock 'n' roll insiders, superbug scientists and flamenco dancers

By Claire St. Amant

Big idea conference TEDxSMU has announced its 2014 speaker lineup. The selection of scholars, performers and musicians will offer their take on the theme "Strangely Familiar" on November 1 at ...


Unbelievable Crimes

North Texas woman admits to killing husband and burying him in front yard

By Claire St. Amant

It's been more than four years since Ervin "Shorty" Robinson disappeared without a trace from his Tarrant County home. His wife, Neola Robinson, initially told police that her husband ...


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