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.

Recent Contributions

GOP Push to Loosen Gun Laws May Rankle Law Enforcement

“Come and Take It San Antonio!” gun rights rally at The Alamo, San Antonio, Oct. 19, 2013.
“Come and Take It San Antonio!” gun rights rally at The Alamo, San Antonio, Oct. 19, 2013.

Top GOP candidates in Texas have been burnishing their Second Amendment credentials by expressing support for looser gun laws. But Republicans' efforts could put them at odds with law enforcement groups.

Legal Battle Likely to Keep Abortion in Spotlight Through 2014

Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott at their respective announcements for governor of Texas.
Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott at their respective announcements for governor of Texas.

A federal judge's decision this week to block parts of Texas' strict new abortion law was just the first step in a legal battle that could drag on for months, or even years, meaning that the courtroom drama will play out against the 2014 governor's race.

For Winner of HD-50 Race, a Head Start in the Lege

The chamber of the Texas House
The chamber of the Texas House

Whoever wins the House District 50 special election in Travis County next month will have to start campaigning all over again for the March primary. But the victor will enter the race next year with a key advantage: four months of incumbency.

On November Ballot, Property Tax Relief for Military Families

Service members and their families from Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, participate in the Veterans Day parade in San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 6, 2010.
Service members and their families from Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, participate in the Veterans Day parade in San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 6, 2010.

Two of the nine constitutional propositions on the ballot in Texas this November will lower property taxes for disabled veterans or a surviving spouse. 

Texas Democrats Waiting for Davis Before Deciding on 2014

Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Ft. Worth, listens to an explanation of the Senate rules during the second special session on July 1, 2013.
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Ft. Worth, listens to an explanation of the Senate rules during the second special session on July 1, 2013.

On the latest Agenda Texas, from KUT News and the Tribune: Democratic activists aren’t the only ones waiting for state Sen. Wendy Davis to reveal whether she's running for governor. So are potential statewide Democratic candidates.

Patrick, Ratliff Set to Debate CSCOPE

State Board of Education member-elect Thomas Ratliffe speaks to a special hearing on history in the Capitol Extension.
State Board of Education member-elect Thomas Ratliffe speaks to a special hearing on history in the Capitol Extension.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, and State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff will spar on Saturday over CSCOPE, the controversial curriculum tool used by Texas public schools that became a political football during the 2013 legislative session.

Wendy Davis Discusses Filibuster, Political Future

Sen. Wendy Davis addresses the Stand with Texas Women Rally crowd at the State Capitol the first day of the 2nd special session.
Sen. Wendy Davis addresses the Stand with Texas Women Rally crowd at the State Capitol the first day of the 2nd special session.

In an interview with Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune, state Sen. Wendy Davis talks about her June 25 filibuster and the factors she's taking into consideration as she weighs a run for either re-election or governor.