Join us from October 16-18, 2015!

The annual Texas Tribune Festival is an innovative and engaging three-day event for people who are passionate about the issues that affect all Texans. Each year, the Festival brings together some of the biggest names in politics to explore the state's and nation's most pressing issues.

This year’s event will feature more than 50 sessions in distinct programming tracks including public and higher education, immigration, health care, transportation, energy, the environment, criminal justice, and government transparency — all on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

Check out highlights of last year’s event, including videos of all the keynote sessions,  audio from all of the 2014 sessions and photos from all three days of the Festival.

We hope to see you in October!

 

Updates


More Festival speakers confirmed!

The list of speakers for the upcoming Texas Tribune Festival continues to grow! We’re proud to announce our latest additions to the Festival lineup.

New speakers include:

  • The Honorable Julián Castro

  • Former U.S. Sen. Gary Hart, D-Colorado

  • U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin

  • State Sen. Bob Hall, R-Edgewood

  • State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio

  • State Rep. Brooks Landgraf, R-Odessa

  • State Rep. Kenneth Sheets, R-Dallas

  • Philip Kingston, Dallas City Councilman

  • Alan Brundrett, Mayor of Azle

  • Colleen Dippel, Founder and Executive Director of Families Empowered

  • Nim Kidd, Chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management

  • Art Acevedo, Austin Police Chief

  • C.J. Grisham, Founder of Open Carry Texas

  • Courtney Sharp, Midland City Manager

  • Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Judge

  • Steve Thurber, Mayor of Wimberley

  • Bruce Meyer, Executive Vice President for Health System Affairs at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

  • Andrew Sansom, Executive Director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University

  • Julie Mason, Host of Press Pool on SiriusXM Radio

  • Wendy Jepson, Associate Professor of Geography at Texas A&M University

  • Peter Hamby, Head of News at Snapchat

  • Dave Weigel, National Political Reporter for The Washington Post

  • Clay Johnston, Dean of the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin

  • Cris Eugster, Group Executive Vice President & Chief Generation and Strategy Officer at CPS Energy

  • Bill Magness, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas

  • Erica Grieder, Senior Editor at Texas Monthly

Register now for your opportunity to see these exciting speakers in action! Special discounts apply for students and educators and current Tribune members.

2015 Texas Tribune Festival Promo Video

This year's Festival is just a couple of months away! Get a sneak peek at all we have in store with the 2015 Tribune Festival promo video. 

Special Talent Announcement

 

We’re excited to announce new nationally known speakers who will join us at The Texas Tribune Festival in October. This year’s fifth-anniversary Festival is going to be our biggest and best yet, and you won’t want to miss out!

New speakers include:

  • Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader, D-Calif.

  • U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.

  • Former U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind.

  • Campbell Brown, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Seventy Four

  • John H. Sununu, former Governor of New Hampshire and former White House Chief of Staff

  • Piper Kerman, author and criminal justice reform advocate

These speakers will be joining a growing list of big names, including political commentators Paul Begala, Matthew Dowd and Mark McKinnon; former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison; The New York Times’ Amy Chozick; The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza; Gwen Ifill, co-anchor and managing editor of PBS Newshour; former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros; and U.S. Reps. Michael Burgess, Joaquin Castro, Henry Cuellar, Blake Farenthold, Bill Flores, Will Hurd, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Beto O’Rourke, John Ratcliffe, Lamar Smith and Marc Veasey.

Register today for only $200 before the price goes up on Friday, Aug. 7. Special discounts are also available for current Tribune members, as well as students and educators.

New Talent Announced!

We’re proud to announce more additions to the Tribune Festival lineup. This year’s program is set to be the best yet, so register now to get the early-bird rate of only $200! The registration price will go up Aug. 6 at 11:59pm.

New speakers include:

  • Antonio Garza, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico

  • Rod Paige, former U.S. Secretary of Education

  • State Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, Vice Chairman of the Senate Administration Committee

  • State Rep. Joe Farias, D-San Antonio, Vice Chairman of the House County Affairs Committee

  • State Rep. Patricia Harless, R-Spring

  • Wilhelmina Delco, Texas Ethics Commissioner

  • Delia Garza, Austin City Councilwoman

  • Ed Gonzalez, Houston City Councilman

  • Ron Nirenberg, San Antonio City Councilman

  • Stephanie Toti, Senior Counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights

  • Chandra Kring Villanueva, Policy Analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities

  • Arlene Wohlgemuth, Executive Director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation

  • Vivian Ho, James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice University

  • Tim Keith, CEO of Texas Central Partners

Hotel rooms are selling fast. Get yours now! The Texas Tribune Festival has contracted blocks of guest rooms for registered Festival attendees at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, the Hampton Inn & Suites Austin at the University/Capitol and the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Austin. A limited number of rooms are available at these special rates. We encourage you to book your hotel when you register because hotels are likely to sell out.

Exciting New Speakers Confirmed

The list of speakers for the upcoming Texas Tribune Festival only continues to grow! We’re proud to announce the most recent additions to the Festival lineup.

New speakers include:

  • Annise Parker, Mayor of Houston

  • John H. Sununu, former Governor of New Hampshire and former White House Chief of Staff

  • Jim Darling, Mayor of McAllen

  • State Rep. Diego Bernal, D-San Antonio

  • State Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth

  • Donna Bahorich, Chairwoman of the State Board of Education

  • Chris Traylor, Executive Commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services

  • Sarah Weddington, Attorney

  • Bob Shapard, Chairman and CEO of Oncor Electric Delivery

Register now to get the best rate of only $200 — that’s more than 50 percent off the walk-up price! Special discounts apply for students and educators and current Tribune members.

And stay on the lookout for even more speaker announcements coming soon!

MORE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED!

We’re excited to announce another round of speakers confirmed to appear at The Texas Tribune Festival in October. You won’t want to miss this great event! Register now for only $200. Special discounts are available for current Tribune members, as well as students and educators.

New speakers include:

  • Henry Cisneros, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

  • Libby Doggett, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

  • Donna Nelson, Chairwoman of the Public Utility Commission

  • State Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee

  • State Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, Vice Chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee

  • State Rep. Helen Giddings, D-DeSoto, Vice Chairwoman of the House State Affairs Committee

  • State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston

  • State Rep. Cecil Bell Jr., R-Magnolia

  • State Rep. Matt Rinaldi, R-Irving

  • State Rep. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale

  • Ivy Taylor, Mayor of San Antonio

  • Oscar Leeser, Mayor of El Paso

  • Tony Martinez, Mayor of Brownsville

  • Steven Tallant, President of Texas A&M University-Kingsville

  • Scott W. Tinker, Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin and State Geologist of Texas

  • Anthony Graves, Criminal Justice Reform Advocate

They’ll be joining a growing list of more than 165 previously confirmed speakers. Highlights so far include Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick; House Speaker Joe Straus; Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar; Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick; U.S. Reps. Joaquin Castro and Michael Burgess; Gwen Ifill, co-anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour; Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz; University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven; and Texas A&M University President Michael Young.

More New Speakers Confirmed!


We’ve just confirmed another group of speakers to appear at the Tribune Festival in October. They will be joining our current roster of over 150 politicians, newsmakers, thought leaders and public servants. We’re expecting to confirm many more before Festival weekend!

When you register, consider purchasing your ticket for the Thursday night feast at Franklin Barbecue, featuring political commentators Mark McKinnon, Matthew Dowd and Paul Begala in a lively discussion about the upcoming presidential election. Hurry as this intimate event, supported by The Monument Group, is almost sold out.

Latest confirmed speakers:

- U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi
- U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas
- Carlos Cascos, Texas Secretary of State
- State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville, Vice Chairman of the Senate Education Committee
- State Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, Vice Chairman of the Senate Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee
- State Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, Vice Chairman of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
- Michael Young, President of Texas A&M University
- Pete Saenz, Mayor of Laredo
- Leodoro Martinez Jr., Chairman of the Eagle Ford Consortium
- Paul Cruz, Superintendent of the Austin Independent School District
- Juan Cabrera, Superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District
- Don Tymrak, City Manager of Karnes City

Register at the early-bird rate of only $200! Special discounts apply for current Tribune members as well as students and educators.

Interested in experiencing more of the Festival? Volunteering is a great way to get an insider experience and to attend for free! Our volunteers make the Festival possible, helping to manage daytime programming, documenting the event through photography and video, and overseeing our special events. In addition to a free badge, Festival volunteers receive a special commemorative gift for their participation in making the fifth annual event our strongest yet.

Sign up here. Questions? Email [email protected]

More Exciting Speakers Announced!

We’re proud to announce the most recent additions to the Festival line-up. Register now to get the best rate of only $200!

New speakers include:

- Dan Patrick, Lieutenant Governor of Texas

- William McRaven, Chancellor of the University of Texas System

- Cheryl Johnson, Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

- Danny Anderson, President of Trinity University

- John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist


Coming in from out of town? The Texas Tribune Festival has contracted blocks of guest rooms for registered Festival attendees at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, the Hampton Inn & Suites Austin at the University/Capital, and DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Austin. A limited number of rooms are available at these special rates. We encourage you to book your hotel when you register because hotels are very likely to sell out.

These rooms can only be reserved through the TribFest Housing Desk after you have registered for the conference. Email [email protected] with questions.

2015 Texas Tribune Festival: New Speakers Announced!

Register now and take advantage of the early-bird rate of only $200 — that’s more than 50 percent off the walk-up price. Special discounts apply for current Tribune members as well as students and educators. Or volunteer and attend for free!

We have some exciting new speakers to announce, including:

 - Kay Bailey Hutchison, former U.S. Senator, R-Texas
 - Steve Patterson, Athletic Director, University of Texas at Austin
 - State. Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford
 - Dick DeGuerin, Attorney
 - Andrew Dessler, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University


They'll be joining a list of more than 125 confirmed speakers — and we expect more than 250 speakers total. Highlights so far include House Speaker Joe Straus; Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar; Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick; Gwen Ifill, co-anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour; U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro; political commentator Paul Begala; Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp; University of Texas at Austin President Gregory Fenves; Rice University President David Leebron; Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez; Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams; and Laura Huffman, state director of the Nature Conservancy of Texas.

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Register Now!

The registration desk is now open and we’re proud to announce the first 100+ confirmed speakers. (Another 100 or so will be added between now and Festival weekend.)

Don’t miss out on the special Thursday night feast at Franklin Barbecue, featuring political commentators Mark McKinnonMatthew Dowd and Paul Begala in a lively discussion about the upcoming presidential election with Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith. An extra $250 ticket is required for the event, which includes all-you-can-eat barbecue and beer. Purchase your ticket when you register for the Festival. 

2015 speakers include:

  • Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin
  • Hugh Akin, Texas Ethics Commissioner
  • Elsa Alcala, Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
  • State Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, Chairwoman of the House Urban Affairs Committee
  • State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas
  • State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, Chairman of the House Public Education Committee
  • Guy Bailey, President of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent, The Washington Post
  • Paul Begala, political commentator
  • State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston
  • State Rep. César Blanco, D-El Paso
  • David Brown, Host of KUT-FM’s Texas Standard
  • Bech Bruun, Member, Texas Water Development Board
  • U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville
  • State Sen. Konni Burton, R-Colleyville
  • State Sen. Donna Campbell, R-San Antonio, Chairwoman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committee
  • State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake
  • U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio
  • Amy Chozick, National Political Reporter, The New York Times
  • Jim Clancy, Texas Ethics Commissioner
  • State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, Chairman of the House County Affairs Committee
  • Gregg Cox, Travis County Assistant District Attorney and Director of the Public Integrity Unit
  • Christi Craddick, Texas Railroad Commissioner
  • State Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, Chairwoman of the House Public Health Committee
  • U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo
  • State Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, Chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee
  • State Rep. Sarah Davis, R-West University Place
  • Dick DeGuerin, Attorney
  • Deirdre Delisi, former chairwoman of the Texas Transportation Commission
  • State Rep. Joe Deshotel, D-Beaumont
  • Andrew Dessler, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • Matthew Dowd, political commentator
  • Jamie Dudensing, CEO, Texas Association of Health Plans
  • Robert Duncan, Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System
  • State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston
  • State Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler
  • Gregory Fenves, President of The University of Texas at Austin
  • U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Waco
  • DeAnn Friedholm, former Texas Medicaid Director 
  • State Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston
  • Russell Gold, Senior Energy Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
  • State Rep. Mary González, D-Clint
  • Marjorie Hass, President of Austin College
  • Wallace Hall, University of Texas System Regent
  • Bill Hammond, CEO of the Texas Association of Business
  • State Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, Chairman of the Senate Administration Committee
  • Glenn Hegar, Texas Comptroller
  • State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, Vice Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee
  • State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, Vice Chairwoman of the House Higher Education Committee
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison, former U.S. Senator, R-Texas
  • State Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas
  • Laura Huffman, State Director of the Nature Conservancy of Texas
  • U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio
  • Gwen Ifill, Co-anchor and Managing Editor of the PBS Newshour
  • State Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs
  • State Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin
  • Lee Jackson, Chancellor of the University of North Texas System
  • State Rep. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland
  • Bill Keller, Editor-in-Chief, The Marshall Project
  • Renu Khator, Chancellor of the University of Houston System
  • State Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford
  • State Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth
  • State Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano
  • David Leebron, President of Rice University
  • Dave Levinthal, Senior Political Reporter, The Center for Public Integrity
  • Ryan Lizza, Washington Correspondent, The New Yorker
  • State Rep. Eddie Lucio III, D-Harlingen
  • Jerry Madden, Senior Fellow, Right on Crime
  • Elena Marks, CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation
  • State Rep. Marisa Márquez, D-El Paso, Vice Chairwoman of the House Administration Committee
  • State Rep. Armando "Mando" Martinez, D-Weslaco, Vice Chairman of the House Transportation Committee
  • Nelda Martinez, Mayor of Corpus Christi
  • Brian McCall, Chancellor of the Texas State University System
  • Steve McCraw, Director, Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Mark McKinnon, Political Commentator
  • State Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio
  • Sid Miller, Commissioner of Agriculture
  • Billy Millwee, former Deputy Executive Commissioner and former Director of Medicaid, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • State Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, Chairwoman of the House Environmental Regulation Committee
  • Patrick Murphy, Former U.S. Representative, D-Pennsylvania
  • State Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin, Vice Chairman of the House Public Health Committee
  • State Rep. Alfonso "Poncho" Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, Vice Chairman of the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee
  • David Newell, Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum
  • Charles Ornstein, Senior Reporter at ProPublica
  • U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso
  • State Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, Vice Chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee
  • Raymund Paredes, Texas Commissioner of Higher Education
  • State Rep. Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound
  • Steve Patterson, Athletic Director, University of Texas at Austin
  • State Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock
  • State Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman,  Chairman of the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee
  • State Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, Chairman of the House Transportation Committee
  • David Porter, Chair of the Texas Railroad Commission
  • Thomas Ratliff, member of the State Board of Education
  • U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Heath
  • State Rep. Richard Peña Raymond, D-Laredo, Chairman of the House Human Services Committee
  • Bert Richardson, Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
  • State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, Vice Chairman of the House Environmental Regulation Committee
  • State Sen. José Rodríguez, D-El Paso
  • Carlos Sanchez, Editor, The Monitor
  • State Rep. Scott Sanford, R-McKinney
  • State Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, Chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee
  • State Rep. Matt Shaheen, R-Plano
  • John Sharp, Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System
  • Bryan Shaw, Chairman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • State Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton
  • State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview
  • U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio
  • Michael Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College
  • State Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster
  • Todd Staples, President of the Texas Oil and Gas Association
  • State. Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford
  • Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio
  • State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee
  • Karen Tumulty, National Political Correspondent, The Washington Post
  • State Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie
  • Chase Untermeyer, Vice Chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission
  • U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth
  • State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas
  • Ruben Villarreal, former Mayor of Rio Grande City
  • State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin
  • Michael Webber, Deputy Director, The Energy Institute, UT-Austin
  • Joe Weber, Executive Director of the Texas Department of Transportation
  • State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas
  • Michael Williams, Commissioner of Education
  • State Rep. James White, R-Woodville
  • Kyle Workman, President of Texans Against High-Speed Rail
  • State Rep. John Wray, R-Waxahachie
  • State Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston
  • Ana Yáñez-Correa, Executive Director, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
  • Kevin Yeary, Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
  • State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, Chairman of the House Higher Education Committee

- As of May 27, 2015

 

 

Thank You - Tribune Festival 2014!

A Look Back to 2014: Keynotes

You can now watch videos from all of the keynote sessions, including interviews with U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn; Gov. Rick Perry; state Sens. Wendy Davis, Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte; Speaker of the House Joe Straus; Land Commissioner nominee George P. Bush; a panel discussion with former U.S. Sens. Bill Bradley and Kay Bailey Hutchison, former U.S. Ambs. Jon Huntsman and Ron Kirk and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and a roundtable conversation with Politico's Maggie Haberman, MSNBC's Chris Hayes, The Washington Post's Nia-Malika Henderson, The New York Times' Jonathan Martin and Slate's Dave Weigel.