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

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.

Agenda Texas: Campus Construction in Spotlight

Rep. Dan Branch R-Dallas and Sen. Judith Zaffirini D-Laredo, co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence & Transparency during meeting on September 21st, 2011
Rep. Dan Branch R-Dallas and Sen. Judith Zaffirini D-Laredo, co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence & Transparency during meeting on September 21st, 2011

On the latest Agenda Texas, from KUT News and the Tribune: Higher education was having a great legislative session — until the very end, when a plan to issue billions of dollars in bonds for campus construction projects died.

Agenda Texas: Post-Session Horse Race Begins

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a polling station in the Hancock Center on Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.
Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a polling station in the Hancock Center on Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.

On the latest Agenda Texas, from KUT News and the Tribune: Texas lawmakers may still be hanging around the Capitol for a special legislative session, but their minds are wandering toward 2014.