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Comprehensive AP coverage of Astroworld concert tragedy

Visitors cast shadows at a memorial to the victims of the Astroworld festival in Houston, Nov. 7, 2021, two days after a concert by Travis Scott that has left 10 people dead, crushed and trampled by crowd. (AP Photo / Robert Bumsted)


An AP team in Houston and around the country delivered sweeping coverage of the deaths at the Astroworld music festival, reporting on spot developments while telling the stories of the 10 people killed, obtaining valuable video and photos from the crowd and piecing together a riveting account of what unfolded over 70 horrific minutes.

Houston reporter Juan Lozano was on the story from the beginning, gathering harrowing details, interviewing victims and their families and talking to authorities, along with Dallas-based reporter Jamie Stengle and New York-based video journalist Robert Bumsted.

Working remotely,reporters Mike Catalini and Randall Chase helped assemble vignettes on each of the dead,while Los Angeles news editor Ryan Pearson tracked down images and interviews from concertgoers with assists from reporters Acacia Coronado and Beatrice Dupuy. Kristin Hall in Nashville filed interviews and background on festival promoter Live Nation. And as the week wore on,journalists Michael Kunzelman and Bernard Condon quickly jumped in for spot coverage, focusing on calls for an outside investigation and the lawsuits starting to pile up.

The team effort culminated in “70 minutes at Astroworld,” a vivid account of the unfolding tragedy expertly woven together by national writer Matt Sedensly using AP’s reporting,new and compelling narratives from attendees and videos of the concert. The story,including an interactive graphic by Francois Duckett,was among the week’s most-read and engaged stories on, highlighting the AP’s virtual ownership of the highly competitive story.

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Travis Scott performs at the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park in Houston, Nov. 5, 2021. – AP Photo / Amy Harris, Invision
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