10 Best & 10 Worst: A Conversation with Paul Burka and Nate Blakeslee of Texas Monthly

  • 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
    The conversation will begin promptly at 8 a.m.
  • The Austin Club
    110 E. Ninth Street, Austin, TX 78701 (map)
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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. 

TribLive: Burka and Blakeslee on the Best and Worst Legislators from texastribune on Vimeo.


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.


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