I'm excited to announce the latest addition to the Tribune's growing team of first-rate journalists: John Reynolds, the Quorum Report’s longtime legislative scoop machine and chronicler of behind-the-scenes political wrangling. I'm equally excited to announce what he'll be doing and why.
This fall, the Tribune will be diving into the newsletter business in a big way, and John will lead that considerable effort. He'll take over three existing Trib "products," as we say in the modern media world, and launch four others.
Not long after he joins on our staff on Oct. 21, John will assume responsibility for Texas Weekly, the venerable insiders-first, subscription-based politics and policy newsletter that has been Executive Editor Ross Ramsey's baby for the last 15 years. No, Ross isn’t going anywhere; we’re simply freeing up our chief political correspondent and columnist to run even faster circles around the state’s candidates and elected officials.
John will also take the helm of In the Flow, our newsletter on water issues, and oversee a rollout of similar publications across a range of public policy verticals, from health care to public education to energy.
Finally, he’ll become the primary author of The Brief — our early-morning and late-afternoon roundup of the latest news and developments from around the state — and help us transition it into a specialty newsletter product that will deposited directly into your inbox. He’s taking the reins from our associate editor, David Muto, who has big new Trib responsibilities of his own in his future (more about that soon). Mostly David's looking forward to sleeping relatively normal hours for the first time in three years.
John leaves the Quorum Report after more than seven years on the job but has been reporting in Texas since 2001; he started his journalism career at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal the day after the Sept. 11 attacks. He received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and later studied at the University of Georgia’s graduate school of journalism.
We couldn’t be happier to have him at the Trib, as we've admired him and hated competing with him for years. And we couldn't be more confident that he's the right person to lead us into the next innovative phase of our operation.