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.
As our reporters follow legislation on key social issues during the 84th legislative session, they'll keep you updated on bills related to gambling. Stay caught up during the session with our 84th Lege page.Full Story
During the legislative session, our reporters are compiling "hot lists" of issues across nearly a dozen different policy areas. This week, the featured hot list on our Lege page is Social Issues. Follow our curated lists to stay updated on what we're covering.Full Story
As our reporters follow state budget and tax issues during the 84th legislative session, they'll keep you updated on legislation related to the business franchise tax, also known as the margins tax. Stay caught up during the session with our 84th Lege page.Full Story
As our reporters follow issues involving the state budget and taxes during the 84th legislative session, they'll keep a close eye on efforts to reduce property taxes. You can stay updated on this and other issues during the session using our 84th Lege page.Full Story
One of the issues our reporters will follow during the 84th legislative session is how lawmakers address reforming the process of how state contracts with private companies are handled. You can stay caught up on the session using our 84th Lege page.Full Story
Our 84th Lege page is a one-stop shop for all of your Texas legislative needs. Among its features are the must-watch issues of the session — curated by our reporters — across nearly a dozen different policy areas, or hot lists. This week, our featured hot list is Budget & Taxes.Full Story
The best of our best content from Dec. 1 to Dec. 6, 2014.Full Story
Here's video of our 84th Legislature preview session on what 2014 means for 2015 and beyond. Panelists included Christy Hoppe of The Dallas Morning News; Harvey Kronberg of Quorum Report; Erica Grieder of Texas Monthly; and Ross Ramsey of The Texas Tribune.Full Story
Here's video of our 84th Legislature preview session on what the Tea Party is seeking. Panelists included state Sens.-elect Paul Bettencourt and Konni Burton, state Rep. Jeff Leach, state Rep.-elect Matt Rinaldi and state Rep. Jonathan Stickland.Full Story
Here's video of our 84th Legislature preview session on what's in store for big issues on the agenda. Panelists included state Reps. John Zerwas, Joe Pickett and Jimmie Don Aycock and state Sen. Kirk Watson.
Here's video of our 84th Legislature preview session on the relationship between the House and the Senate. Panelists included state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, state Sen. Royce West, state Rep. Charlie Geren and state Sen. Larry Taylor.Full Story
The best of our best content from Nov. 10-14, 2014.Full Story
The environment track at the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival featured panel discussions on water planning, protecting the Texas Coast, the state of Texas agriculture and Texas vs. the EPA. Listen to audio of each session.