Jay Root Reporter

Jay Root is a native of Liberty. He never knew any reporters growing up, and he has never taken a journalism class in his life. But somehow he got hooked on the news business. It all started when Root walked into the offices of The Daily Texan, his college newspaper, during his last year at the University of Texas in 1987. He couldn't resist the draw: it was the biggest collection of misfits ever assembled. After graduating, he took a job at a Houston chemical company and soon realized it wasn't for him. Root applied for an unpaid internship at the Houston Post in 1990, and it turned into a full-time job that same year. He has been a reporter ever since. Root has covered natural disasters, live music and Texas politics — not necessarily in that order. He was Austin bureau chief of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for a dozen years, most of them good. He also covered politics and the Legislature for The Associated Press before joining the staff of the Tribune.Root is the author of “Oops! A Diary From The 2012 Campaign Trail,” an insider’s account of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s dramatic collapse in the 2012 presidential race. The book was released in September, 2012.

Recent Contributions

Courting Controversy Works for Louie Gohmert

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, is shown at the annual alumni Aggie Muster on April 21, 2012, at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, is shown at the annual alumni Aggie Muster on April 21, 2012, at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, who has a knack for propelling himself into headline-grabbing controversies, is a favorite target of comics and liberal commentators. But in his district, he is seen as a devoted advocate for his constituents’ values.

Integrity Unit Investigating Aide to Rep. Kleinschmidt

John Higgins, chief of staff to state Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt, can be seen on the far left of this photo with U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. Higgins pleaded guilty following a Travis County District Attorney Public Integrity Unit investigation into improprieties involving travel reimbursements.
John Higgins, chief of staff to state Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt, can be seen on the far left of this photo with U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. Higgins pleaded guilty following a Travis County District Attorney Public Integrity Unit investigation into improprieties involving travel reimbursements.

John Higgins, a top aide to state Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt, R-Lexington, is under criminal investigation for alleged improprieties related to travel reimbursements he got from the state, a prosecutor told the Tribune on Friday. 

Latest Disclosures Show Cruz Outraising Dewhurst Again

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz speak at the Republican Women of Kerr County luncheon at Inn of the Hills in Kerrville, June 15, 2012.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz speak at the Republican Women of Kerr County luncheon at Inn of the Hills in Kerrville, June 15, 2012.

Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz raised $523,000 in the first 11 days of July for his U.S. Senate race, more than triple the haul that Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst reported for the same period, new disclosures show.

After Arson, Governor's Mansion Restoration is Complete

July 18th , 2012: Gov. Rick Perry announces that Texas Governor's Mansion has been fully restored.
July 18th , 2012: Gov. Rick Perry announces that Texas Governor's Mansion has been fully restored.

Four years after an arsonist nearly burned down the Governor’s Mansion, Gov. Rick Perry and his wife, Anita, stood a few feet from its iconic front porch and announced Wednesday that a painstaking restoration of the 156-year-old structure is complete.

Wealth Gives Dewhurst Huge Money Advantage

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz speak at the Republican Women of Kerr County luncheon at Inn of the Hills in Kerrville, June 15, 2012.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz speak at the Republican Women of Kerr County luncheon at Inn of the Hills in Kerrville, June 15, 2012.

U.S. Senate hopeful Ted Cruz raised more money from individual contributors than Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst between mid-May and June, reports released Monday show, but Dewhurst's personal wealth gives him the financial advantage.

Risks For Perry In Senate Race

Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Jan. 27, 2009, before Perry's State of the State address.
Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Jan. 27, 2009, before Perry's State of the State address.
Texas Weekly

Rick Perry, re-building his brand after a calamitious presidential campaign, is running some risk in the U.S. Senate race, where Tea Party darling Ted Cruz is stirring anti-establishment anger and where the governor has endorsed David Dewhurst.