Julian Gill


Julian Gill is a reporter for the Houston Chronicle. He joined the Chronicle in 2018 after two years at the Denton Record-Chronicle, where he covered police and county government. He graduated from the University of North Texas. A San Antonio native, he is a die-hard Spurs fan and avid runner.


Denton County Friends of the Family Awards 2018

"Justice Journalist" award for coverage of domestic violence, sexual assault in Denton

Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Awards 2016 (Class 1A)

Third place in features

Second place in deadline writing

Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Awards 2017 (Class 1A)

First place in deadline writing

Second place in star breaking news report of the year

Second place in specialty reporting


A young dad clings to his only hope after a destructive COVID infection. It comes with a heavy price.

When the delta wave of COVID-19 hit Houston in the summer of 2021, hospitals
were pushed to capacity as a surge of unvaccinated patients required intensive care. By early September, the state of Texas logged more than 25,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day. It was during this swell that Houston Chronicle photographer Godofredo Vásquez and reporter Julian Gill first met Jesus Ceja Ceja, a young, unvaccinated father of two fighting for his life in a 10th-floor hospital room at Houston Methodist.

Over the next several months, Godofredo and Julian visited Jesus at least once a week, logging more than 100 hours’ worth of interviews and time spent photographing his journey. This project, Transplanted, follows Jesus’s journey - from his very first symptoms, to his battle to make the waiting list for a double lung transplant, and all the challenges he faced along the way.

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Red Lights, Greenbacks

Red-light cameras are designed to make streets safer, but they also have led to much larger paychecks for a few Denton police officers.

Denton Assistant Police Chief Scott Fletcher accrued $122,839 in overtime pay from 2014 to 2016 from the city's red-light camera program, which he oversaw at the police department since the program's inception in 2005, according to city officials and payroll documents obtained through an open records request.

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Denton County constable keeps chief deputy on payroll with first-degree felony indictment

Denton County Precinct 4 Constable Tim Burch said he’s keeping his chief deputy on the payroll until “more facts avail themselves” in a first-degree felony case pending against the deputy in Hood County.

Barry Minoff, 43, was indicted May 9 by a Hood County grand jury after he was accused of gambling with money that belonged to a North Texas nonprofit.

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Man kills ex-wife's boyfriend, three children before killing himself in Ponder home

A woman’s ex-husband shot and killed her boyfriend and three children Wednesday before turning the gun on himself at a home in the 600 block of Lonestar Park Lane in Ponder, the Denton County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The woman, who suffered at least one gunshot wound, was still alive Wednesday afternoon at Medical City Denton, said Capt. Orlando Hinojosa, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office. He did not know the woman’s condition as of late Wednesday afternoon.

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Denton police release body camera footage, investigation results from fatal Feb. 19 shooting

A Denton County grand jury declined to press charges earlier this month against Denton police Officer John Landolfo for shooting and killing a man who swung a knife toward him on Feb. 19 in a wooded area off Spencer Road.

According to body camera footage released by the department Friday afternoon, Landolfo fired two rounds at 45-year-old Lawrence Shaw as Shaw swung a knife within 5 to 10 feet of the officer. Landolfo deployed his Taser twice before firing his weapon.

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Opioid overdose deaths rise

About 59 opioid prescriptions were filled for every 100 Denton County residents in 2016, a drop from about 76 per 100 residents in 2011, according to Denton County Public Health statistics presented Tuesday to county commissioners.

The number of overdose deaths, however, has been steadily increasing from 25 in 2013 to 37 in 2017, the statistics show.

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Confederate monument committee votes to keep statue with additional plaque, informational videos

The Confederate monument will stay put, but many questions linger about the proposed additions around the 100-year-old statue.

The monument advisory committee voted 12-3 Tuesday to keep the Confederate monument on the south side of the Courthouse on the Square lawn with an additional plaque and videos about the history of slavery in Denton. The plaque is supposed to include language denouncing slavery and segregation in Denton County.

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