Ross Ramsey Executive Editor

Ross Ramsey is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, Ross was editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly for 15 years. He did a 28-month stint in government as associate deputy comptroller for policy and director of communications with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Before that, he reported for the Houston Chronicle from its Austin bureau and for the Dallas Times Herald, first on the business desk in Dallas and later as its Austin bureau chief, and worked as a Dallas-based freelance business writer, writing for regional and national magazines and newspapers. Ross got his start in journalism in broadcasting, covering news for radio stations in Denton and Dallas.

Recent Contributions

The Map to the Maps

Texas Weekly

Think of the long game instead of the short one. This election is the one that picks the people who draw the maps that corral the voters into the political districts that will elect state and federal legislators for the next ten years.

Final Preparations

Texas Weekly

If you're checking off the boxes for gubernatorial candidates, Thursday belonged to Gov. Rick Perry, who filed for reelection before noon on the first day he was allowed to do so.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of Nov 30, 2009

It was a political week, with a full-court press from our staff on Bill White's switch to the governor's race and all of the fallout; the moves during the first week of filing for political races; Philpott's look at Republicans challenging Republicans; Hu's latest in the popular Stump Interrupted series; Ramshaw on emergency rooms, family doctors, and child protection; Stiles and Grissom mapping payday lending locations juxtaposed with family income data; Rapoport on the state budget and education; Thevenot on KBH's plans for schools; and Hamilton on the power (or not) of political endorsements. The best of the best from November 28 to December 4, 2009.

A Blue Piece of East Texas Goes Red

Photo of Chuck Hopson
Photo of Chuck Hopson

Two weeks after switching parties, Rep. Chuck Hopson still thinks he did the right thing, given the politics of his district. "McCain, in my four counties here, got 72 to 74 percent," he says. "I think if the election were held today, that would be something like 80 percent."

A Change in the Lineup

Texas Weekly

Democrat Tom Schieffer dropped out of the gubernatorial race after nine months of trying to raise money and nonfinancial support, saying he'll endorse Houston Mayor Bill White and hopes other gubernatorial candidates will do the same.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of Nov 16, 2009

Multi-part stories from Ramshaw and Grissom and Stiles on mental health services for detained immigrants and on payday lenders who provide exorbitantly priced credit to people with nowhere else to turn... Twitter, word clouds and the race for governor — a Stiles joint... Farouk Shami is in and Hu was there to watch... Philpott went to Bastrop for a gather of Republican governors... Rapoport finds a State Board of Education that's trying to control itself... and we have the skinny on legislative races that are likely to be competitive (only about 5 percent of the races on the ballot). It's the best of The Texas Tribune from November 14 to 20, 2009.

KBH Internet Ad

Kay Bailey Hutchison doesn't attack Rick Perry in her television ads (which just started today), but her Internet advertising is a different proposition. Here, she's deconstructing his first TV spot. His is an attack on her; she's returning the volley.