Robert Arnold is an investigative journalist who joined the KPRC 2 Investigates team in July 2000.
Arnold's diligent investigations earned him the honor of being named "Best Reporter" in Texas five times -- twice by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, once by the Headliners Foundation of Texas and twice by the Houston Press Club.
Arnold's work covers a range of issues from exposing government waste and corruption to the impact border violence has on Houston. This work has prompted changes in the law and policy both locally and nationally.
Arnold's continuous work into the links between drug violence along the border and Houston earned him one of three Emmy awards. Arnold's other Emmy awards were earned for work that exposed waste and mismanagement in the Houston Fire Department and the less-than-stellar work ethic of a veteran city official.
The State Bar of Texas has also given three awards to Arnold for work that examined loopholes in safety regulations in the construction industry, the policies regarding how police executed search warrants based on information from confidential informants and the veil secrecy surrounding private university police departments. This last story prompted a change in state law that brought these agencies under the auspices of the Texas Public Information Act.
On a national level, Arnold's long-term investigation into the treatment of those suffering from mental illness earned him the Mental Health America's National Media Award. The National Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization also recognized Arnold for work that exposed how a legal loophole allowed suspected drunken drivers to avoid criminal charges by not having their blood drawn after serious accidents.
Arnold graduated from the University of Houston and began his career as a radio reporter for KNUZ/KQUE and then KTRH before joining KPRC. In that time, Arnold has tackled issues involving the Texas Lottery Commission's selling of scratch-off tickets after top prizes were awarded, the treatment of the mentally and physically disabled living in state schools, the licensing and drug testing of commercial truck drivers, the state's hiring practices regarding employees of nursing homes, human trafficking and the security weaknesses surrounding some of our country's most sensitive pieces of infrastructure.
Arnold has also been dispatched to cover events with national and international implications such as the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, terrorist attacks in California, New Jersey and New York and the BP oil spill. During his career, Arnold has also covered more than two dozen hurricanes and tropical storms along the Gulf Coast and in Mexico.