Ben Philpott Reporter

Ben Philpott is a senior reporter for KUT-FM, Austin's National Public Radio affiliate. He has been covering state politics and dozens of other topics for the station since 2002, during which time he has been recognized for outstanding radio journalism by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, the Houston Press Club and the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters. Before moving to Texas, he worked in public radio in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Ala., and at several television stations in Alabama and Tennessee. Born in New York City and raised in Chattanooga, Tenn., Philpott graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in broadcast journalism.

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Will Wildfire Response Burn Perry on Campaign Trail?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, c,  answers question from citizens and the media in Bastrop after his return from a campaign trip to South Carolina on September 5, 2011.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, c, answers question from citizens and the media in Bastrop after his return from a campaign trip to South Carolina on September 5, 2011.
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As Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports, Gov. Rick Perry has a reputation of displaying strength in emergencies, but his recent behavior in responding to the Central Texas wildfires has struck some dissonant chords.

Perry Set to Debate Fellow GOP Candidates

Gov. Rick Perry at the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual convention in San Antonio on Aug 29, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry at the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual convention in San Antonio on Aug 29, 2011.

Gov. Rick Perry will introduce himself to many Republican voters tonight in his first presidential primary debate while his GOP opponents are likely to go on the attack to slow his momentum. Ben Philpott reports for KUT News and the Tribune.