Thanh Tan is a multimedia reporter/producer for The Texas Tribune. She previously worked at Idaho Public Television, a PBS station that serves a statewide audience. While there, she was an Emmy award-winning producer/reporter/host for the longest-running legislative public affairs program in the West, Idaho Reports, moderator of The Idaho Debates, and a writer/producer for the flagship series Outdoor Idaho. Prior to joining IdahoPTV, she was a general assignment reporter at the ABC affiliate in Portland, OR and a political reporter for KBCI-TV in Boise, ID. Her work has also appeared on the PBS NewsHour and This American Life. She graduated with honors from the University of Southern California with degrees in International Relations and Broadcast Journalism.
The Response, a national day of prayer and fasting hosted by Rick Perry at Reliant Stadium in Houston, united tens of thousands of worshipers but left others angry at what they saw as the Texas governor's decision to blur the line between church and state.Full Story
Organizers of The Response were thrilled to see more than 30,000 people join them at Reliant Stadium on Saturday, but the event billed as a day for praying and fasting made some concessions for those who were too hungry to get through the seven-hour revival. Nachos, hot dogs and smoothies went fast.Full Story
DAY 6 of our 31-day series on the effects of new state laws and budget cuts: Mental health funding was spared draconian cuts, but some who rely on the state for intellectual disability aid will lose services.
More than 30,000 worshipers poured into Reliant Stadium Saturday, staging a boisterous prayer meeting with gospel music and Christian rock, emotional sermons and perhaps a political boost for the man who started it all: likely presidential candidate Rick Perry, the governor of Texas.Full Story
DAY 4 of our month-long series on the effects of new state laws and budget cuts: Less financial aid will be available for college students in Texas.Full Story
DAY 3 of our month-long series on the effects of new state laws and budget cuts: In light of the case of Anthony Graves, the terms for compensating wrongfully imprisoned individuals have been more clearly defined.Full Story
DAY 2 of our 31-day series on the effects of new state laws and budget cuts: Licensed hunters will be allowed to shoot feral hogs from helicopters.Full Story
DAY 1 of our 31-day series on the effects of new state laws and budget cuts: Thousands of Texas teachers will not have jobs to return to in the fall, the result of a school finance plan that cut $4 billion from districts statewide.Full Story
The Sunday shows focused this week on the last-minute politics surrounding the effort to raise the federal debt ceiling. However, a few pundits managed to fit potential presidential nominee Gov. Rick Perry into the discussion. Just barely.Full Story
Texas may have two well-known Republican candidates running for president, and some say Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul are "diametrically opposed" to one another. The real battle between them isn't over money. It's over ideas.Full Story
As Gov. Rick Perry mulls the possibility of entering the GOP presidential primary, the Tribune takes a look at how he has crafted his image in a series of campaign ads through the years.Full Story
Part 4 of 4 of The Trib's analysis of Perry’s campaign ads. UT-Austin political analyst and documentary filmmaker Paul Stekler analyzes Rick Perry's latest campaign ads from the 2010 gubernatorial race below, and notes the governor's campaign style has changed over the years. "The camera does like the governor a lot," he said.Full Story
Part 3 of 4 of The Trib's analysis of Perry’s campaign ads below. This segment features documentary filmmaker Paul Stekler's analysis of Rick Perry's attack ad against U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison during the 2010 GOP primary, a race that matched Perry's campaign prowess against the state’s Republican establishment by tapping into the growing frustration against the federal government’s bailouts of the financial and auto industries in 2008.
Part 2 of 4 of The Trib's analysis of Perry’s campaign ads. This segment features the only known ad to feature Rick Perry and the Bush family together, followed by political analyst and award-winning documentary filmmaker Paul Stekler’s analysis of the election for lieutenant governor Perry won by a mere two-point margin.Full Story