Alana Rocha joined the Tribune staff as the multimedia reporter after working eight years in television and radio news. She's covered politics for stations in Florida, Kansas and most recently in Austin as YNN's lead political reporter. Her work at the cable news outlet took her around the country reporting from the presidential campaign trail. A native of Tampa, Florida, Alana received bachelor's degrees in Journalism and Spanish from the University of Florida.
In the Roundup: A textbook publisher agrees to change a caption related to the history of slavery, several Texas lawmakers explain how God guides their governance and a court will determine whether Rick Perry’s indictment should be dismissed.Full Story
In the 2015 Texas legislative session, state lawmakers weren't shy about using their religious beliefs to defend their policymaking. Check out "God & Governing," our documentary series on the role lawmakers' personal faith played in their legislating.Full Story
In the Roundup: Congressman Pete Sessions makes his leadership move, Susan King goes for the Senate and a reporter takes a ride in one of Google’s self-driving cars.Full Story
In the Roundup: Pope Francis addresses Congress, exciting the Catholics in the Texas delegation, the state’s new E-verify law isn’t quite clear to those tasked with enforcing it and a judge delays funding cuts to a therapy program for poor and disabled children.Full Story
After spending most of her professional career handling insurance claims, 73-year-old Jane Hays is learning the ins and outs of the Texas workers’ compensation system from the other side. Hays suffered multiple injuries in a car wreck on her way home from a work meeting.Full Story
Jane Hays, an employee benefits manager, thought she knew everything about the Texas workers' compensation system. But after losing her leg in a car wreck, she said she's discovered the difficulty many workers face when they're hurt on the job.Full Story
In the Roundup: Ted Cruz stays quiet in the second GOP debate, John Cornyn dismisses a possible government shutdown and more Texans have health insurance, according to the latest U.S. Census data.Full Story
By now, you’ve heard Rick Perry is out of the running for the Republican presidential nomination. Or maybe you haven’t. People outside of the State Capitol weighed in on the end of the former Texas governor's second bid for the White House.Full Story
In the Roundup: A paid-to-prosecute arrangement revealed, an analysis of state trooper traffic stops and the next GOP presidential debate looms as Ted Cruz and Rick Perry execute two different campaigns.Full Story
In the Roundup: Passed during this year's legislative session, several new state laws took effect this week. Our team spent the past month highlighting different ways that Texans' lives would change come Sept. 1.
The state is refueling a grant program that helps the state's 15 military installations pay for facility upgrades. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.Full Story
In the Roundup: Jeb Bush’s immigration talk on the border goes south, Rick Perry vows to keep his presidential bid alive and the state’s top civil lawyer loses his personal criminal defense attorney.Full Story
A new law will allow physicians to get paid for seeing children over a sophisticated form of video chat, as long as the patient is at school and enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program for the poor and disabled. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.Full Story