Becca Aaronson ensures that our technology products align with our audience and brand objectives. As a member of the engineering team, she helps maintain and improve the Tribune's website, coordinates cross-departmental projects and conducts user research to improve reader experience. Becca joined the Tribune in 2010 as a journalist, and covered health care from 2012-2014. A founding member of the Tribune’s interactive data and visuals team, Becca developed interactive feature stories for the Tribune before moving to her current position. She has a bachelor’s degree in cultural theory from Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. Read Articles by Becca Aaronson
Giulia Afiune is both an investigative reporting and engagement fellow at the Tribune. Previously, she worked as a reporter in the São Paulo-based investigative journalism organization Agência Pública, where she covered human rights violations associated with actions of governments and corporations in Brazil. Her coverage of evictions linked to the 2016 Rio Olympics was part of a digital project conducted by Agência Pública, which received the Vladimir Herzog Award, a major journalism prize in Brazil. Originally from São Paulo, she moved to Boston in 2015 to pursue a Masters in Media Innovation at Northeastern University and graduated in the spring of 2017. When she’s not digging up information and listening to people’s stories, she likes to create new recipes, play Samba tunes on the flute, or travel to unexpected places across the city or around the globe. Read Articles by Giulia Afiune
Julián Aguilar reports on politics and border affairs from the Texas-Mexico border. His focuses include immigration reform and enforcement, voter ID, international trade, border security, and the drug trade. His political coverage has included local, legislative and congressional races in Texas, as well as local and national elections in Mexico. Before joining the Tribune, he was a freelance writer for the Fort Worth Weekly; a government and crime reporter for the Laredo Morning Times; and a political writer for the Rio Grande Guardian. A native of El Paso, he has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas and a master's degree in journalism from the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas. Read Articles by Julián Aguilar
Emily Albracht is a designer at The Texas Tribune. She creates all materials for the Texas Tribune Events series and collaborates with the editorial staff and news apps team to visualize investigative stories in a meaningful way. Before joining the Tribune’s creative team in the spring of 2014, she worked as a freelance designer with the Austin music and festival scene.
Claire Allbright is The Texas Tribune’s first reporting fellow in Washington, D.C. She is a junior at The University of Texas at Austin where she studies journalism and government. She is a member of the Liberal Arts Honors Program and is learning Arabic through the Arabic Flagship Program. This semester, Claire was chosen as an Archer Fellow, giving her the opportunity to study and intern in Washington. Claire has previously reported and edited for The Daily Texan, UT’s student-run campus newspaper, where she covered the 85th session of the Texas Legislature. Claire loves spending time with her family and listening to the boss, Bruce Springsteen. Read Articles by Claire Allbright
Liam Andrew builds and maintains The Texas Tribune's publishing systems, tends to the website’s performance and user experience, and assists with content strategy and analytics initiatives. He joined the Tribune in 2015 after completing a master's degree in MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program, where he worked with a variety of research groups including Center for Civic Media, HyperStudio, and Nieman Journalism Lab. His journalism-software career began in New York as an engineer for news curation startup Wiser. An Iowa native, Liam earned his bachelors studying literature and music at Yale University.
Alex Arriaga is a reporting fellow at The Texas Tribune and a recent graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied journalism and Latin American studies. She previously worked as an editor at The Badger Herald where she led the paper’s news and feature reporting. She also worked as an investigative intern at Wisconsin Watch where she won a Milwaukee Press Club Award for her reporting on gun regulations in Wisconsin. She spent a few months in D.C. as an intern at The Chronicle of Higher Education before coming to Austin for the fall. Read Articles by Alex Arriaga
Aman Batheja worked for eight years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, most of that time covering state and local politics. A native of Cedarhurst, New York, he has an undergraduate degree in journalism and psychology from New York University and a master's in economics from the University of Texas at Arlington. Read Articles by Aman Batheja
Bobby Blanchard runs the Tribune’s social media efforts. A graduate of UT-Austin, Bobby spent his first year out of college at The Dallas Morning News as a reporting fellow, covering Texas politics and breaking news. He got his start in journalism in the poorly lit basement of The Daily Texan, followed by internships at the Houston Chronicle, KUT News and yes, the Tribune. Born and raised in the Houston area, Bobby is a native Texan. He relies on a steady supply of Tex-Mex and Red Bull to survive. Read Articles by Bobby Blanchard
Joshua Blank is the manager of polling and research at the Texas Politics Project and a doctoral candidate in the government department at the University of Texas at Austin. Born in New York, NY, he has a bachelor's degree in political science from Boston University and a master's degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin.
Erin Boon Erin is the Research Analyst and Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow at the Texas Tribune. Her focus is on the effective use of collected data in problem solving across departments. After completing her PhD in Celtic Languages and Linguistics at Harvard University in 2014, she studied Statistics and worked in the tech industry in California. Read Articles by Erin Boon
Natalie Choate has a long history in Texas politics and media. In a previous life she worked two legislative sessions in the Texas Capitol, served as government relations coordinator for Trinity Industries, completed Annie's List Campaign School and was both a political fundraiser and campaign consultant. Natalie started with The Texas Tribune in January 2011 and today is the director of media relations and partnerships for the largest statehouse newsroom in the country. She is a University of Texas alumna, a Leadership Austin graduate and an unapologetic news junkie.
Matthew Choi is a reporting fellow at The Texas Tribune and a senior studying journalism and political science at Northwestern University. Matthew has worked as a reporter and editor at The Daily Northwestern since his freshman year, covering administration and faculty, student protests and diversity in campus programs. He has also worked with the Council of American Ambassadors and has a keen interest in foreign policy. In his free time, Matthew enjoys French cooking while listening to Simon and Garfunkel. Read Articles by Matthew Choi
Natalia Ciolko is the sponsorship sales executive for The Texas Tribune. In her new role, Natalia works with the Tribune’s corporate partners on digital and event sponsorships. Natalia joined The Texas Tribune in 2012, helping to promote and produce more than 50 panels and events each year. Natalia graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism. She is a mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Texas, and she’s passionate about the role of the free press in our democracy. Her interests outside of work include cooking, traveling and reading magazines.
Kiah Collier reports on energy and the environment for the Tribune. Since graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in philosophy and multimedia journalism, Kiah has reported on state and local government and politics for publications across the state, including the Austin-American Statesman and the Houston Chronicle. Kiah began her career at the San Angelo Standard-Times in West Texas, where she chronicled a burgeoning oil-and-gas boom and broke news about energy companies' voluminous water use during a prolific drought. The high point of Kiah's Tribune tenure so far came in early 2017 when she won a Peabody Award for her work on a project that examined research into a specific type of hurricane scientists say will eventually devastate the city of Houston. Read Articles by Kiah Collier
Daniel Craigmile previously worked at Mutual Mobile, The University of Texas at Austin, Electronic Data Systems and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He grew up in San Antonio and holds a degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University.
Annie Daniel joined The Texas Tribune in 2014 shortly after graduating from UNC Chapel Hill where she studied both multimedia journalism and political science. Before moving to Texas, Annie interned at The Washington Post on their graphics team. She is now a proud member of the Tribune’s interactive data & visuals team where she develops interactives, analyzes datasets and creates graphics. Read Articles by Annie Daniel
Justin Dehn is a multimedia producer at the Tribune whose focus is video and television production. He's been shooting and producing TV news for more than a decade, most recently as a staff photojournalist at Austin's KVUE-TV from 2006 to 2010. At the Tribune, Dehn has been behind the camera for Tribune special projects God and Governing, Hurting for Work and Paid to Prosecute, as well the stories we produce each week for our dozen TV partners around the state and segments for social media. Read Articles by Justin Dehn
Benjamin Din is a data visuals fellow at The Texas Tribune and a senior at Northwestern University, where he works at the Knight Lab and The Daily Northwestern. He has previously worked as an intern at The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Star, a daily newspaper in Johannesburg. Read Articles by Benjamin Din
Chris Essig builds data visualizations and news apps at the Texas Tribune. Before joining the team in February 2017, Chris spent almost six years in Iowa, including two and a half years as a developer at The Gazette in Cedar Rapids and three years as an online editor at the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. He is originally from Illinois and will never complain about the winter weather here in Texas. Read Articles by Chris Essig
Marissa Evans reports on health and human service policy issues for the Tribune and has been in Austin since October 2016. Before the Tribune she reported for CQ Roll Call in D.C. where she covered state legislatures and health care issues. Her reporting has appeared in Civil Eats, NBC BLK, Cosmo for Latinas, Kaiser Health News, The Seattle Times, The Washington Post, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Star Tribune and Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. She is a 2013 alumna of Marquette University in Milwaukee. When not reporting, she is teaching herself how to code, re-perfecting her chocolate chip cookie recipe, searching for food spots that rival her mother’s cooking, exploring museums, catching up on books and watching documentaries. Read Articles by Marissa Evans
Brandon Formby writes about the challenges facing Texas’ largest metro areas as they experience unbridled growth. He joined the Tribune in October 2016 and is the organization’s first reporter based in Dallas. The Texas Tech University graduate spent more than 13 years at The Dallas Morning News, where he covered transportation, local government and politics. Read Articles by Brandon Formby
Suzanne Geiger Suzanne Geiger brings a life-long love of journalism to her position as part of the Tribune’s development team. She previously served as the assistant development officer for McDonald Observatory, where she handled special events and donor and foundation communications. Before working in the nonprofit world, she was with Public Strategies, the Texas Bar Journal, and the Austin American-Statesman. She is a native Coloradoan in a household of Texans, including her husband Charles and two Texas-born daughters.
Rodney Gibbs ensures The Texas Tribune leverages technology wisely and creatively across all aspects of the organization. He has started two digital media companies. The first, Fizz Factor, developed handheld games for Nintendo and Sony platforms. The second, Ricochet Labs, created social-mobile games for news and entertainment brands, including the BBC, Lollapalooza, and The Texas Tribune. Active in the digital media community, Rodney serves on the boards of KUT, Austin's NPR affiliate; the Austin Film Society; and KLRU, Austin's PBS affiliate. He has a bachelor's degree in sociology from Rice University and a MFA from The University of Texas. Read Articles by Rodney Gibbs
Andrew Gibson joined The Texas Tribune in 2016. Before that, he worked for more than two years at the Orlando Sentinel, building data visualizations, news apps and interactive projects. He also contributed to the Sentinel's coverage of the Pulse nightclub shooting. Andrew is originally from Denver (go Broncos) and graduated from the University of Missouri in 2014. At the Tribune, he helps make the website move fast and look pretty.
Dave Harmon joined the Tribune in January 2017 as the editor for the investigative and projects team. After graduating from the University of Texas with a journalism degree, he started his reporting career in the Rio Grande Valley at The (McAllen) Monitor, covering health care and the environment. After a short stint at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, he returned to Austin and spent 18 years at the Austin American-Statesman as a reporter, assistant metro editor and finally a member of the investigative team. Read Articles by Dave Harmon
Ben Hasson previously worked at RMM Online Advertising and interned at media company Super!Alright! He has also worked as a freelance designer for print and the web, mostly for the Austin independent music and film scene. He grew up in Tucson and graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor's degree in design.
Jim Henson directs the Texas Politics project and teaches in the Department of Government at The University of Texas, where he also received a doctorate. He helped design public interest multimedia for the Benton Foundation in Washington, D.C., in the late 1990s and has written about politics in general-interest and academic publications. He also serves as associate director of the College of Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services unit at UT, where he has helped produce several award-winning instructional media projects. In 2008, he and Daron Shaw, a fellow UT government professor, established the first statewide, publicly available internet survey of public opinion in Texas using matched random sampling. He lives in Austin, where he also serves as a member of the City of Austin Ethics Review Commission.
April Hinkle spent more than 20 years at Texas Monthly, stepping down as publisher in May 2010. During her tenure, she positioned the publication as one of the top 10 monthly publications in the country based on total advertising pages and was also instrumental in the launch of texasmonthly.com and its ongoing development. Hinkle, who holds an advertising degree from the University of Texas, served on the national marketing board for the National Retail Federation and was the founding chairwoman of its Retail Advertising and Marketing Association Southwest Advisory Committee. She also served on the Austin Society Board-Philanthropy Chair, Club Corporation of America and is a founding board member of Lake Travis Young Life and past board member of Young Life Austin West. Recently, she received the Media Star Award from the Human Development and Consumer Sciences Department in the College of Technology at the University of Houston. She is married and has four children. As a family, they have been featured in marketing campaigns for Southwest Airlines and Chevrolet.
Ala'a Ibrahim is an investigative fellow at The Texas Tribune. She is currently completing her final semester at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is studying journalism and business. This past summer, Ala'a was one of 25 Fellows at NBCUniversal, where she worked on the TODAY Show's original video team. She has also interned at NBCUniversal's Meet the Press, KUT 90.5, KXAN-TV's Investigative Unit and Revelator, a local production company. During the 2016-2017 year, Ala'a served as president of UT Austin’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. In the little free time that Ala’a has, she enjoys improv theater, coffee, and all things hip-hop. Read Articles by Ala'a Ibrahim
Robert Inks is the night news editor at the Tribune. Before joining the Tribune in October 2015, Robert copy edited for several newspapers in and outside Texas. He also was a writer and editor for online global affairs website Stratfor and a project manager for newspaper publisher GateHouse Media. Robert is an Austin native and a UT-Austin graduate. Read Articles by Robert Inks
John Jordan does a little bit of everything at The Texas Tribune. In addition working with our great photographers to editing our Directory of elected officials, John manages the day-to-day operations at the Tribune and makes sure we have good coffee to drink. Before coming to work at the Tribune, John spent several decades as a touring and recording musician. In 2005, he left the road to join a statewide political campaign. After that, John worked for an Austin-based nonprofit, then joined the Austin Bureau of The Dallas Morning News, where he worked for four years before joining the staff at The Texas Tribune. Read Articles by John Jordan
Bryant Ju is a digital art fellow at the Texas Tribune and helps out with generating engaging editorial work. He is currently a senior majoring in Studio Art at the University of Texas at Austin. He has previously done freelance work for Austin's feisty queer bar Cheer Up Charlies and is also the PR coordinator/graphic designer for Texas Transfer Students, establishing and solidifying their brand within the transfer community. In his free time, Bryant enjoys doodling, inhaling Four Cheese-flavored Cheez-Its and watching Parks and Recreation.
Abby Livingston joined the Tribune in 2014 as the publication's first Washington Bureau Chief. In this role, she won the 2017 National Press Club Award for Washington Regional Reporting. Previously, she covered political campaigns, House leadership and Congress for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper. A seventh-generation Texan, Abby graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She grew up in Fort Worth and has appeared in an episode of "The Bold and The Beautiful." Abby pitched and produced political segments for CNN and worked as an editor for The Hotline, National Journal’s campaign tipsheet. Abby began her journalism career as a desk assistant at NBC News in Washington, working her way up to the political unit, where she researched stories for Nightly News, the Today Show and Meet the Press. In keeping with the Trib’s great history of hiring softball stars, Abby is a three-time MVP (the most in game history —Ed.) for The Bad News Babes, the women’s press softball team that takes on female members of Congress in the annual Congressional Women’s Softball breast cancer charity game. Read Articles by Abby Livingston
Corrie MacLaggan is the Tribune's managing editor. Previously, the Austin native worked as a national correspondent for Reuters, writing and editing stories about Texas and nearby states and overseeing a network of freelance writers. Before joining Reuters, she covered Texas government and politics for the Austin American-Statesman, writing about everything from gubernatorial races to food stamp application backlogs. She spent her first year at the Statesman writing for the newspaper's weekly Spanish-language publication. She has also worked in Mexico City, where she wrote for publications including the Miami Herald's Mexico edition, Latin Trade magazine and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Her first reporting job was at the El Paso Times. Corrie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied journalism and Spanish. Read Articles by Corrie MacLaggan
Jim Malewitz is an investigative reporter Tribune. He previously covered energy and environmental issues. Before arriving in 2013, he covered those issues for Stateline, a nonprofit news service in Washington, D.C. The Michigan native majored in political science at Grinnell College in Iowa and holds a master’s from the University of Iowa. There, he helped launch the nonprofit Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, where he currently serves on the board of directors. Jim also coaches the Texas Tribune Runoffs, which, sources say, is the scrappiest coed newsroom softball team west of the Mississippi. Read Articles by Jim Malewitz
Jolie McCullough reports on Texas criminal justice issues and policy for the Texas Tribune. She came to the Tribune in early 2015 from the Albuquerque Journal, where she worked four years on breaking news and data-driven projects. She is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication; while there, she interned as a reporter and online producer at the Arizona Republic and served as the web editor of the student-run newspaper, the State Press. Read Articles by Jolie McCullough
Ayan Mittra joined the Tribune after working more than 10 years at The Dallas Morning News. He spent his first seven years there as a copy editor. In 2008, he moved to the political desk, supervising the daily presentations and working with reporters in the field. He then worked as a night city editor, supervising the coverage of late-breaking news. He was also on the editing team for the 2009 and 2011 legislative sessions. A native of Beaumont, Ayan graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Read Articles by Ayan Mittra
Ryan Murphy creates graphics, interactive stories and data-driven features, wrangles difficult datasets and works on tools to make development for the team more efficient. He also oversees the design and maintenance of our large-scale explorers. Read Articles by Ryan Murphy
Shannon Najmabadi is a reporting fellow at the Texas Tribune and a recent graduate of Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. She was previously a reporter at the Chronicle of Higher Education, and received a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley, where she studied Legal Studies and Media Studies. Read Articles by Shannon Najmabadi
Emma Platoff is a reporting fellow at the Texas Tribune and a recent graduate of Yale University, where she studied English literature and nonfiction writing. She has previously worked as the managing editor of the Yale Daily News and as an intern at The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Hartford Courant. Read Articles by Emma Platoff
Cassandra Pollock is an engagement reporter for The Texas Tribune, which she joined in June 2017 after a stint as a fellow during the 85th Texas Legislature. She graduated in 2017 from The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism. Cassi has previously reported for The Daily Texan, the university’s official student newspaper, and The Washington Examiner in Washington, D.C. Read Articles by Cassandra Pollock
Rebecca Quarls is the Tribune’s Digital Marketing Manager, happily taking ownership of membership and consumer revenue functions. Before moving to Austin, she worked for a marketing and PR agency in New Orleans where she led strategy and implementation for clients with digital objectives around political campaigns, crisis management, neighborhood relations and more. Before that, she spent two years with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, where she helped reporters transition to digital-first journalism, reach audience growth goals and better utilize social media and community management to enhance reporting and sourcing. Off the clock, the Lafayette, Louisiana, native seeks out carbohydrates, compelling stories and all things Cajun. Read Articles by Rebecca Quarls
Terry Quinn is a fifth-generation Texan and a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. She has worked as a volunteer and professional for over 20 years to raise funds to support many non-profit organizations in Austin and around Texas, most recently The Nature Conservancy of Texas and The Contemporary Austin. Terry coordinates the activities and outreach to the Circle Level members of The Texas Tribune and the individuals whose philanthropy make the mission of the Tribune possible.
Ross Ramsey is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, where he writes regular columns on politics, government and public policy. Before joining the Tribune, Ross was editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly. He did a 28-month stint in government as associate deputy comptroller for policy and director of communications with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Before that, he reported for the Houston Chronicle from its Austin bureau and for the Dallas Times Herald, first on the business desk in Dallas and later as its Austin bureau chief, and worked as a Dallas-based freelance business writer, writing for regional and national magazines and newspapers. Ross got his start in journalism in broadcasting, covering news for radio stations in Denton and Dallas. Read Articles by Ross Ramsey
Emily Ramshaw is editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune. Under her leadership, the Tribune has won a Peabody Award, nine national Edward R. Murrow Awards, IRE's Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism and eight honors from the Online News Association. Before coming aboard as one of the Tribune’s original reporters, Ramshaw spent six years at The Dallas Morning News, where she broke national stories about sexual abuse inside Texas’ youth lock-ups, reported from inside a West Texas polygamist compound, uncovered “fight clubs” inside state institutions for the disabled and investigated a series of deadly transplants where patients received rabies-tainted organs. The Texas APME named Ramshaw its 2008 Star Reporter of the Year. Ramshaw serves on the board of the Pulitzer Prize. Read Articles by Emily Ramshaw
Katie Riordan is the water reporting fellow at the Tribune. She is currently finishing a master's degree in environmental journalism at the University of Montana. Prior to returning to academia, she lived and worked in Yemen and East Africa for a couple of years. Read Articles by Katie Riordan
Alana Rocha joined the Tribune staff as the multimedia reporter after working eight years in television and radio news. She's covered politics for stations in Florida, Kansas and most recently in Austin as YNN's lead political reporter. Her work at the cable news outlet took her around the country reporting from the presidential campaign trail. A native of Tampa, Florida, Alana received bachelor's degrees in Journalism and Spanish from the University of Florida. Read Articles by Alana Rocha
Jay Root is a native of Liberty. He never knew any reporters growing up, and he has never taken a journalism class in his life. But somehow he got hooked on the news business. It all started when Root walked into the offices of The Daily Texan, his college newspaper, during his last year at the University of Texas in 1987. He couldn't resist the draw: it was the biggest collection of misfits ever assembled. After graduating, he took a job at a Houston chemical company and soon realized it wasn't for him. Root applied for an unpaid internship at the Houston Post in 1990, and it turned into a full-time job that same year. He has been a reporter ever since. Root has covered natural disasters, live music and Texas politics — not necessarily in that order. He was Austin bureau chief of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for a dozen years, most of them good. He also covered politics and the Legislature for The Associated Press before joining the staff of the Tribune.Root is the author of “Oops! A Diary From The 2012 Campaign Trail,” an insider’s account of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s dramatic collapse in the 2012 presidential race. The book was released in September, 2012.Read Articles by Jay Root
Alex Samuels is the community reporter for The Texas Tribune. She graduated in 2017 from the University of Texas at Austin's School of Journalism. She joined the Tribune in August 2016 as a newsletters fellow and later transitioned into a reporting fellow just in time for the 85th legislative session. Prior to coming to the Tribune, Alex worked for USA Today College as both a collegiate correspondent and their first-ever breaking news correspondent. She has also worked for the Daily Dot where she covered politics, race, and social issues. Read Articles by Alex Samuels
Neena Satija is an investigative reporter and radio producer for the Tribune and Reveal, a public radio program from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, she was the environment reporter at the Tribune. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, she graduated from Yale University in 2011, and then worked for the New Haven Independent, the Connecticut Mirror, and WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio. She has also been a regular contributor to National Public Radio. As an East Coast transplant she is particularly thrilled with Austin tacos and warm weather. Read Articles by Neena Satija
Debbie Seeger is The Texas Tribune’s Chief Financial Officer. A CPA for over 20 years, she’s spent of that time in non-profit leadership and management. Debbie began as an accountant for a large non-profit agency in Houston. In Corpus Christi, she worked in grants and federal relations for the local university before becoming the CEO of the Workforce Development Board. Debbie provided consulting services for eight years and then joined Corpus Christi ISD, first as a director in HR and later as the Director for Strategic Initiatives. Debbie is the daughter of a government and history teacher and spent hours on long drives responding to endless questions on Texas and US history and government. With her lifelong interest in government and politics, she became a Texas Tribune member long before joining the staff and has listened to virtually every TribCast.
Morgan Smith reports on politics and education for the Tribune, which she joined in November 2009. She writes about the effects of the state budget, school finance reform, accountability and testing in Texas public schools. Her political coverage has included congressional and legislative races, as well as Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign, which she followed to Iowa and New Hampshire. In 2013, she received a National Education Writers Association award for "Death of a District," a series on school closures. After earning a bachelor's degree in English from Wellesley College, she moved to Austin in 2008 to enter law school at the University of Texas. A San Antonio native, her work has also appeared in Slate, where she spent a year as an editorial intern in Washington D.C. Read Articles by Morgan Smith
Evan Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a pioneering nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization whose deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be found at its website, texastribune.org, in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state, and in the print and online editions of the Washington Post. Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, thirteen national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and three general excellence awards from the Online News Association. Evan is also the host of “Overheard with Evan Smith,” a weekly half-hour interview program that airs on PBS stations around the country. Previously he spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as the magazine's editor and a year as its president and editor in chief. Read Articles by Evan Smith
Patrick Svitek is a reporter for the Texas Tribune. He previously worked for the Houston Chronicle's Austin bureau. He graduated in 2014 from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He originally is from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Read Articles by Patrick Svitek
Aliyya Swaby started as the public education reporter in October 2016. She came to the Tribune from the hyperlocal nonprofit New Haven Independent, where she covered education, zoning and transit for two years. After graduating from Yale University in 2013, she spent a year freelance reporting in Panama on social issues affecting black Panamanian communities. A native New Yorker, Aliyya misses public transportation but is thrilled by the lack of snow. Read Articles by Aliyya Swaby
Alexa Ura covers politics and demographics for The Texas Tribune, where she started as an intern in 2013. She previously covered health care for the Trib. While earning her journalism degree at the University of Texas at Austin, she was a reporter and editor for The Daily Texan. A Laredo native, Alexa is a fluent Spanish-speaker and is constantly seeking genuine Mexican food in Austin. Read Articles by Alexa Ura
Agnes Varnum joined the Tribune events team after five years in membership and marketing at the Austin Film Society. Before moving to Texas, Agnes held positions with Icarus Films, the Center for Social Media at American University and as a freelance writer for Indiewire.com and Documentary magazine. She has worked on the AFI Fest in LA, Independent Film Week in NYC, and she has served on programming committees for Silverdocs, Newport International Film Festival, AOL True Stories (now Snag Films) and SXSW.
Jacob Villanueva manages a creative team of designers and multimedia producers for the editorial and business departments of the organization. He brings his knowledge of over 15 years in design, photography and digital media production.
Edgar Walters is an investigative reporter for The Texas Tribune, where he started as an intern in 2013. He previously covered health and human services for the Tribune. Before that, he had a political reporting fellowship with the Berliner Zeitung, a daily newspaper in Berlin. He is a graduate of the Plan II Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin, where he worked as an editor for The Daily Texan. When not in the newsroom or at the Capitol, he can be found on the volleyball court, standing 6'7" tall. Read Articles by Edgar Walters
Matthew Watkins writes about higher education and the business of college sports for the Tribune. Previously, he has covered local government at The Dallas Morning News and The Eagle in Bryan-College Station. A Texas native, Matthew grew up in Austin and has lived in Houston, Dallas and Bryan. He earned his bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University in 2008. Read Articles by Matthew Watkins
Jessica Weaver manages the Tribune's year-round events program as well as all things Texas Tribune Festival. Before joining the Tribune in 2015, she worked in the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, for South by Southwest and as a freelance copywriter. A Houston native, Jessica holds a history degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Todd Wiseman previously worked at the Austin School of Film and Synthetic Pictures and interned for director Richard Linklater. At the Tribune, Todd has helped develop the Stump Interrupted series, which won a national Edward R. Murrow award. A Fort Worth native, he graduated from the University of Southern California with a dual degree in film and English. Read Articles by Todd Wiseman
Amanda Zamora leads the Tribune’s audience growth and engagement efforts. A native Texan, Amanda joined the Tribune in 2016 after spending 13 years on the East Coast working for news organizations including The Huffington Post Investigative Fund, The Washington Post and ProPublica. Amanda got her start as a cub reporter at the Austin American-Statesman after graduating from the University of Texas. She strives to leverage her storytelling, digital and audience skills to create journalism that actively engages people in the issues that matter most to them. When she’s not poring over spreadsheets, she’s (hopefully) dancing, cooking or traveling the world. Read Articles by Amanda Zamora