Thanh Tan Multimedia Reporter/Producer

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.

Recent Contributions

Day 7: East Texas Hospital Will Downgrade Its Trauma Center

During the 2011 legislative session, lawmakers voted to reduce reimbursement rates to hospitals around Texas. As a result, East Texas Medical Center in Athens plans to downgrade its trauma center from Level III to Level IV.
During the 2011 legislative session, lawmakers voted to reduce reimbursement rates to hospitals around Texas. As a result, East Texas Medical Center in Athens plans to downgrade its trauma center from Level III to Level IV.

DAY 7 of our month-long series on the effects of new state laws and budget cuts: The East Texas Medical Center will downgrade its trauma center in Athens from Level III to Level IV.

Fasting at Prayer Event Ends at Hot Dog Stand for Many

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.

Day 6: Some Texans Will Lose Intellectual Disability Funding

Karen Godfrey and her two sons Timothy Godfrey, and Zachary Munn draw and play together with Ishele Graves and her daughter Mikaela Massey at Bluebonnet Trails Community Services in Round Rock, TX.
Karen Godfrey and her two sons Timothy Godfrey, and Zachary Munn draw and play together with Ishele Graves and her daughter Mikaela Massey at Bluebonnet Trails Community Services in Round Rock, TX.

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 Pack Perry's Prayer Rally

Governor Rick Perry addresses "The Response" at Reliant Stadium in Houston on August 6, 2011.
Governor Rick Perry addresses "The Response" at Reliant Stadium in Houston on August 6, 2011.

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.

Day 1: Thousands of Texas Teachers Losing Jobs

Bryan McClintock, a special education teacher from Frisco, worked in the Little Elm School District until he was laid off last spring. The Texas Legislature slashed public education funding by $4 billion during the 2011 special session, leading districts statewide to cut down on personnel costs.
Bryan McClintock, a special education teacher from Frisco, worked in the Little Elm School District until he was laid off last spring. The Texas Legislature slashed public education funding by $4 billion during the 2011 special session, leading districts statewide to cut down on personnel costs.

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. 

Video: Sunday Pundits Mention Rick Perry... Barely

Gov. Rick Perry stops for an impromptu press conference in the hallway behind the Senate chamber on July 19, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry stops for an impromptu press conference in the hallway behind the Senate chamber on July 19, 2011.

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.

Video Analysis: Perry's Attack Ad (Part 3 of 4)

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.