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

Critics Question Perry's Move to Collect Pension

Gov. Rick Perry in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Dec. 14, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Dec. 14, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry has sparked a wave of criticism, and some unanswered questions, after filing paperwork this week revealing that he is collecting both a salary and a pension from the state of Texas. Critics say there are rules designed to prevent such arrangements. Perry and his aides say its perfectly legal.

Perry Looks for Momentum in Iowa

Rick Perry addresses supporters at Cafe Diem in Ames, Iowa on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011. Perry has a Sharpie pen in his hand to illustrate his vow to veto government-expanding legislation.
Rick Perry addresses supporters at Cafe Diem in Ames, Iowa on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011. Perry has a Sharpie pen in his hand to illustrate his vow to veto government-expanding legislation.

Hoping to build momentum after a strong performance in his latest nationally televised debate, Gov. Rick Perry hit a Sunday morning TV show, spoke to two church congregations and staged a boisterous rally at a coffee shop in central Iowa.

In New Ad, Struggling Perry Stokes Culture Wars

Gov. Rick Perry, on Nov. 28, 2011, at the announcement of the Institute for Applied Cancer Science to be run at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Gov. Rick Perry, on Nov. 28, 2011, at the announcement of the Institute for Applied Cancer Science to be run at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Gov. Rick Perry is stoking the culture wars with an edgy new TV ad railing against policies that allow gays to serve openly in the military but keep overt religious displays out of public schools.