KETR

George Hale

"Buried" Host/Reporter

George Hale is a radio reporter for KETR and the host of its investigative podcast Buried. Hale’s reporting focuses on law enforcement accountability in rural areas in northeast Texas. In 2017, Hale started a year-long investigation into a sheriff’s office’s mishandling of missing persons cases. Prior to Buried, Hale’s reporting for KETR has focused on the environmental impact of development. In 2016, he produced a series of stories about a controversial reservoir’s approval.   Hale joined KETR in 2016 after spending nearly eight years reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He has reported from Israel and the West Bank, Egypt and Jordan. Hale has received three First Place awards for investigative reporting, environmental journalism and production work from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters in the Radio II division. Hale earned a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, where he concentrated on Middle East security policy and Semitic languages. He also holds graduate certificate in Media Management from The New School in New York.

Ways to Connect

A sign warns would-be trespassers in the Waco Bay Estate development near Lake Tawakoni.
Brittany Gryder

A Hunt County detective identifies a person of interest in Carey Mae Parker's disappearance: Her dad.

Carey Mae Parker's mother Elizabeth died in 1995.
Brittany Gryder

Highlights from the next three episodes of Buried, in which Carey Mae Parker's family reconsiders shocking claims that have never been investigated. 

A view of the Quinlan Police Dept. building on Main Street.
Brittany Gryder

Emma Anderson joins Buried creators George Hale and Jerrod Knight to discuss the past year's reporting on a party in Hawk Cove, TX. 

Carey Mae Parker's ex-boyfriend says the Hawk Cove party was near a store that once stood on this empty lot.
Brittany Gryder

In his first interview with the detective investigating Carey Mae Parker's disappearance, Cody recounts his version of the party in Hawk Cove. 

Carey Mae Parker attended a party near this intersection in Hawk Cove, TX.
Brittany Gryder

Highlights from the next episode of Buried, in which Carey Mae Parker's ex-boyfriend faces questions from the Hunt Co. Sheriff's Office for the first time. 

A view of the Hunt Co. Sheriff's Office in Greenville, TX.
Brittany Gryder

Cody's ex-girlfriend Janice digs into rumors about Carey Mae Parker's car and a disturbing letter she received from a man in prison. 

The view across Duck Cove in Lake Tawakoni's Waco Bay.
Brittany Gryder

It's been over two decades since Cody's ex-girlfriend Carey Mae Parker disappeared. But even after all these years, Carey is very much on Cody's mind. 

A sign points toward the Lake Tawakoni-area town of Hawk Cove, TX.
Brittany Gryder

Highlights from the next episode of Buried, in which Cody's ex-girlfriend shares what he told her about the last time he saw Carey Mae Parker

A sign at the entrance of Hawk Cove, TX.
Brittany Gryder

Years after Carey Mae Parker went missing, her family started hearing rumors about a party. And a fight.

A sign points toward the Lake Tawakoni town of Hawk Cove, TX.
Brittany Gryder

Highlights from the next episode of Buried, in which relatives explore rumors that Carey Mae Parker attended a party shortly before she disappeared. 

Quinlan's City Hall on Main Street.
Brittany Gryder

Introducing The Buried Lede: A conversation with George Hale and Jerrod Knight about how the Buried project is coming together; its successes and hurdles, and where the podcast is headed next.

Duck Cove in Lake Tawakoni's Waco Bay.
Brittany Gryder

Brandy and Brian remember what they can about their mother, Carey Mae Parker, and how her disappearance shaped their childhoods and the adults they became. 

Night shot of property along state highway 276 in Quinlan, TX.
Brittany Gryder

After two years without help from the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office, Carey Mae Parker’s family launches its own investigation. 

A view of the E-Z Mart in Quinlan, TX, in 2017.
Brittany Gryder

The family of a young Texas woman who went missing in 1991 makes a shocking discovery: For 19 years, law enforcement didn't investigate. 

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Sep 15, 2017
A car drives across the Quinlan, TX, city limits.
Brittany Gryder

In early 1991, a young woman named Carey Mae Parker went missing from the Lake Tawakoni area of northeast Texas. There’s something unusual about Carey’s case.