Paul Burka, who joined the staff of Texas Monthly one year after the magazine's founding, won a National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s highest honor, for reporting excellence in 1985 and the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award. Burka is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and teaches at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He is also a frequent guest on national news programs on MSNBC, Fox, NBC and CNN.
Nate Blakeslee has been a senior editor at Texas Monthly since 2006. He is the author of Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town, a book based on a story he broke in 2000 about a police corruption scandal in the Texas Panhandle. His original story, for The Texas Observer, was a finalist for a National Magazine Award and led to follow-up coverage in the national and international media. Tulia won the J. Anthony Lukas book prize and the Texas Institute of Letters best book of nonfiction prize and was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for first nonfiction work. In 2001 Blakeslee was named a finalist for the Livingston Young Journalist Award, and in 2004 he won the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award for his drug war reporting in the Observer.
ABOUT THIS EVENT
Several times a month, The Texas Tribune hosts a series of conversations featuring prominent elected officials and other newsmakers at the historic Austin Club in downtown Austin. These in-depth discussions are moderated by the Tribune's CEO and editor-in-chief, Evan Smith. Coffee and pastries are served before the conversation begins, allowing time for our attendees to mingle. A question-and-answer session afterward offers a chance for the audience to interact with our honored guest.
This series of conversations is generously sponsored by AT&T, NRG, BP and Christus Health and is supported through contributions from our founding investors and members. Special thanks to our promotional sponsor, Deborah Ingersoll of Legislative Solutions.