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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Texas Legislature Reviews Texas Taxes

Lawmakers will find themselves in a multibillion-dollar ditch when they return to Austin in January 2011. Constitutionally, they can't write a deficit budget, so they're expected to use not just cuts but revenue raisers to keep the books in balance. Ben Philpott, who covers politics and public policy for KUT News and the Tribune, filed this report.

James Baker Talk Foreign Policy With Evan Smith

Former Secretary of State James Baker visited the LBJ Library and Museum last night to talk with Texas Tribune Editor Evan Smith about the state of our world today. Ben Philpott, who's covering politics and policy for KUT News and the Tribune was there. And reports on Baker’' view of how the current administration is doing on some of the bigger foreign policy matters.

Tx Lawmakers review changes to state school system

It has been a year since it was revealed that staff at the Corpus Christi State School were forcing their mentally disabled wards to fight each other. State lawmakers raced to enact new accountability measures. Ben Philpott, who's coving state politics and policy for the Tribune and KUT News, looks at what's actually changed.

Texas Legislature Review State Schools

State Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs
State Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs

A year ago, staff at the Corpus Christi State School were forcing mentally disabled wards to fight each other, and state lawmakers raced to enact new accountability measures. How are they working out? Ben Philpott, who covers politics and public policy for KUT News and the Tribune, has this report.

Federal Healthcare Could Save CHIP from Texas Cuts

The just-passed federal health care reform bill would prohibit states from dropping kids off the Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid until 2019. Texas budget writers used changes in CHIP eligibility to help balance the state's books in 2003. Ben Philpott, covering politics and public policy for the KUT News and the Tribune, reports on what the "no-drop" provision could mean to a state facing another multibillion-dollar budget shortfall next year.

Tx Lawmakers Talk Border Security in Mexico City

Lawmakers from both sides of the US/Mexico border were in Mexico City this week working on plans to combat growing border drug violence. Violence that has grabbed headlines in Texas in recent days. KUT’s Ben Philpott reports on the plans to curb border violence.

Comparing Current Recession to Past Recessions

Both Texas and the U.S. at large have begun climbing out of the latest economic recession. Now economists have begun looking back on the 2008-2009 downturn to see how it compared to other recent down economies. KUT reports on a new study from the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas that puts the most recent recession at the top of the list. Ben Philpott is reporting for KUT News and the Texas Tribune.

Texas Economy Hit Hard During Recession

A new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas compares the 2008-09 recession to other downturns — and puts it at the top of the list. Ben Philpott filed this report for KUT News and the Tribune.

Holly Turner & Paul Workman in HD-47 Runoff

Republicans in southwest Travis County still need to pick between Paul Workman and Holly Turner before setting their sights on Democratic State Representative Valinda Bolton. Ben Philpott, who's covering the 2010 elections for the Tribune and KUT News, has more on the runoff race in House District 47.

Texas Lands Millions for e-Health Records

Federal officials announced more than $162 million in health information technology grants today — including $28.8 million to help the Texas Health and Human Services Commission make the switch to electronic medical records. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius described the funding, which went to 16 states as part of the federal stimulus act, in an afternoon press conference.

Rick Perry & Bill White Change Gov's Race Messages

In the run-up to last Tuesday's primary, gubernatorial candidates of both parties courted activists by talking about topics that were near and dear to their hearts. For the general election campaign, as they compete for the votes of a broader electorate, Rick Perry and Bill White will likely shift the substance and tone of their stump speeches. Ben Philpott, covering the governor's race for KUT News and the Tribune, filed this report.

Why Did Kay Bailey Hutchison Lose Election

Now that the battle is over in the Republican primary for governor, the pundits can begin the task of figuring out what worked for Rick Perry — and what didn't for Kay Bailey Hutchison. Ben Philpott, who's covering the 2010 elections for the Tribune and KUT News, shares an early post-election view from two veteran strategists.

Bill White & Rick Perry Face Off in November

The race for Texas governor moves on to November, as Rick Perry and Bill White emerged from their respective primaries without a runoff. Each used his victory speech as springboards for the coming slugfest. Ben Philpott, covering the 2010 elections for KUT News and the Tribune, filed this report.