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.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, at an abortion rights rally on July 9, 2013.
The Democratic Party is having a hard time drawing candidates for statewide office in the 2014 elections. If no serious contender jumps in next year, the party will have given a pass to Republicans at a time of upheaval up and down the ballot.
Gov. Rick Perry announced on Monday, July 8, 2013, in San Antonio that he will not seek re-election.
Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday that he will not run for re-election next year, creating the first open race for Texas governor since 1990 and making Attorney General Greg Abbott the instant favorite to replace him.
Attorney General Greg Abbott speaks at the National Right to Life convention on June 27, 2013.
Rather than displaying the swagger of Gov. Rick Perry, Attorney General Greg Abbott comes off as cautious and measured. Those who know him say he is very methodical, a trait that could be to his advantage in a potential race for governor.
Attorney General Greg Abbott speaks at a National Right to Life convention in June 2013.
As Greg Abbott — widely believed to be running for governor — waits for Monday's announcement on Gov. Rick Perry's political future, we've compiled a photographic retrospective of the Texas attorney general's life.
Gov. Rick Perry addresses the National Right to Life convention in Dallas.
After Democrats scored a rare legislative victory on Gov. Rick Perry's home turf, the national spotlight is revisiting the governor of Texas. How he handles it could affect his hopes as a 2016 presidential contender.
Governor Perry answers press questions after his speech at the National Rights for Life convention in Dallas.
Rick Perry was supposed to decide by July 1 whether he would jump into the 2014 governor's race. But all bets are off now that he has called a new special session.
Gov. Rick Perry, l, talks with House Speaker Joe Straus, r, following a Cash Management Committee meeting at the Capitol on July 19, 2011.
One of the most powerful Republicans in Texas, House Speaker Joe Straus, said Friday that Gov. Rick Perry’s controversial remarks about Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis were inappropriate and damaging to the GOP brand.
Gov. Rick Perry addresses the National Right to Life convention in Dallas on June 27, 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry went after rising Democratic star Wendy Davis on Thursday, saying the Texas senator’s fierce advocacy of abortion rights shows that she did not “learn from her own example’’ as a single mother.
Gov. Rick Perry, c, talks with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus after a military memorial ceremony in the Texas House chamber on May 25, 2013.
Republicans in the state Senate looked like tourists who wandered into a hostile neighborhood after liberal activists helped derail an abortion bill. But they are still in the driver's seat in the second special session.
Gov. Rick Perry at the Capitol in May 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry has called a second special session to consider abortion restrictions, transportation funding and juvenile justice. The session will begin on July 1.
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, debates Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, about halfway through a filibuster of SB 5 on June 25, 2013.
Texas senators are trying to get to the bottom of whether Republicans successfully pushed through a vote on Senate Bill 5, the omnibus abortion restriction bill, ahead of their midnight deadline.
Austin, TX. June 15, 2010. Perry spokesman Mark Miner flanked by Bill White supporters.
Rick Perry's former spokesman, Mark Miner, will become a "senior adviser" to the governor, sources say. The decision comes as Perry faces a self-imposed July 1 deadline to decide whether or not to run for re-election.
Nadene Lokey with a photo of her brother, WWII hero Audie Murphy, at her home in Farmersville, Texas on June 17, 2013.
The effort to give World War II hero Audie Murphy a Texas Legislative Medal of Honor fizzled for the second time in two years. Supporters wonder if Murphy and other veterans from the "greatest generation" are being forgotten.
Gov. Rick Perry leaves the House chamber after speaking and visiting with members on May 13, 2013.
It's virtually impossible to predict what Rick Perry will do, but speculation is mounting that he won't run for re-election. The chatter is on the upswing now that the governor has said he will make his intentions known before July 1.
The Texas Tribune Festival 2012 Opening Session: A Conversation with Gov. Rick Perry and Evan Smith, Sept. 21, 2012.
Gov. Rick Perry issued more than two dozen vetoes Friday, including a line-item veto that wipes out funding for the Travis County prosecutors who investigate government fraud and public corruption. He also vetoed a bill that would have had Texas law mirror gender wage protections in the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.