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

Analysis: Crime, Politics and Travis County

Gov. Rick Perry speaks to reporters on Aug. 16, the day after a grand jury indicted him on two felony counts related to his veto of public integrity unit funding.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks to reporters on Aug. 16, the day after a grand jury indicted him on two felony counts related to his veto of public integrity unit funding.

Accusations about criminalizing politics go hand in hand with indictments of political figures. But prosecutors in Travis County have fumbled enough big cases to give the officeholders they chase some room for argument.

Analysis: Perry's Two-Track Defense

Rick Perry speaks at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth on Aug. 8, 2014.
Rick Perry speaks at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth on Aug. 8, 2014.

Gov. Rick Perry, who faces an indictment related to how he has used his political powers, is defending himself on two fronts: the legal one, where he has assembled an all-star team of lawyers, and the political one, where his storyline seems to be taking hold. 

Analysis: Timing of Speculation Not on Van de Putte's Side

Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor Leticia Van de Putte speaks at the Democratic state convention in Dallas, Texas on June 27, 2014.
Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor Leticia Van de Putte speaks at the Democratic state convention in Dallas, Texas on June 27, 2014.

Last week, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, shot down speculation she was considering a run for San Antonio mayor. The rumors could hurt her prospects on multiple fronts. 

Analysis: Culture Shock and UT's New Hires

Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

A common thread is evident in the latest hires at the University of Texas System and at its flagship: The new leaders are disciplined and accustomed to enforcing their rules.