Rye Druzin is a reporter and photographer currently based in Houston, Texas. Originally from California, he has been reporting since May 2013. From October 2013 to January 2014 he reported in Israel on human rights issues in the region and in country, specifically the plight facing African asylum seekers who fled North African countries to Israel, only to find themselves denied opportunities to apply for asylum.
In August 2014 he moved to Midland, Texas, a legacy oil town in West Texas on the brink of embracing the shale oil and gas revolution. Just three months later the bottom fell out of the oil industry, and Rye spent the next two years writing about the oil downturn in West and South Texas, which was described as the worst since the 1980s. He reported on how oil and gas companies saw their business dry up and the ripple effects throughout the economy, which extended to small business owners, school districts, and local governments.
Since the end of 2016 through Jan. 2019 he focused on the oil and gas industry in Texas and its halting rebound, infrastructure constraints and efforts to export more Texas crude oil abroad. He has also covered the utility power industry and its struggle to integrate increased amounts of renewable energy sources and how the utility industry is struggling to balance growing demand with what's next for power generation.
He now covers the US steel industry for Argus Media out of its Houston office.
As a reporter and photographer his work has been published in the San Antonio Express-News, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Victoria Advocate.
Rye is an international affairs graduate from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and grew up in Palo Alto, California. In his free time he organizes camping trips with friends, bikes and rock climbs.
He currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.
Below are samples of Rye Druzin's work.
Texas Gulf Coast community gears up to fight crude oil export terminal
A Texas port wants to build a crude oil export terminal 2 miles from the Gulf Coast and 1,000 feet from a tourist town that was devastated by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017.
Scientist leading Juno mission aims to find secrets of solar system’s past
Scott Bolton has been involved in interplanetary mission for decades, but his latest, the Juno mission to Jupiter, is delving deep into our solar system’s past.
While offshore wind gets developed in Northeast, Texas will likely stay onshore
While offshore wind starts to find its footing in the East Coast the CEO of one of the world's largest power companies says its unlikely Texas will see offshore wind soon.