Last year was a memorable one in Texas, but that’s always true — in a state this big, diverse and complex, every year is bound to be momentous. And for the last 10 years, The Texas Tribune has told the story of our state with stories, data, deep dives and, of course, photos.
One big change for the Tribune last year was the birth of a dedicated photo department. In the past, we relied on a remarkable roster of freelance photographers across the state to get the images that go with our stories. While we continue to rely on these wonderfully talented photojournalists, we hired our first staff photographer and photo editor, Miguel Gutierrez Jr., in late 2018. With John Jordan as his deputy and three gifted photo fellows helping out in 2019, it quickly became the little department that could, and along the way began to define a bold and distinctive visual style.
From the big political stories to the ever-changing situation at the border, from the halls and chambers of the state Capitol to the homes of people affected by the laws that were passed, and from the jungles of Central America to Washington, D.C., Tribune photographers were there, every step of the way. Here are some of our standout photos.
First: Beto O'Rourke leads a counterprotest with thousands of other El Pasoans at the same time President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally on Feb. 11, 2019, in El Paso. Last: Presidential candidate Julían Castro pauses while supporters cheer during a rally on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, in Houston.
Ivan Pierre Aguirre and Annie Mulligan for The Texas Tribune
First: House Speaker Dennis Bonnen is shown during the Texas Fallen Heroes ceremony on May 25, 2019. Last: Texas Secretary of State David Whitley attended a hearing with the Senate Committee on Nominations during the 2019 legislative session.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera and Miguel Gutierrez Jr. for The Texas Tribune
First: At the historic La Lomita Chapel in Mission, Rio Grande Valley residents held a morning vigil on June 28, 2019, for migrants who drowned attempting to cross the Rio Grande. Last:
A makeshift memorial at the back entrance to the Walmart where a gunman opened fire on shoppers in August.
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. and Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune
First: Mexican nationals pass time in an encampment in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, as they wait their turn to seek asylum in the U.S. on Oct. 13, 2019. Next: Yenssi Zepeda eats a meal inside the Casa Marianella migrant shelter in Austin on Nov. 26, 2019. Last: A young man from Honduras is shown on July 19, 2019, at a house on the outskirts of Ciudad Juárez. He has been living there since he was sent back to Juárez as part of President Trump's "Remain in Mexico" program.
Veronica G. Cardenas, Miguel Gutierrez Jr. and Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune
First: Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, speaks at a town hall held in Austin on Sept. 10, 2019. Last: From left, Russell Holloway and Amanda Chavira listen to Warren speak at the town hall.
Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune
First: President Donald Trump exits Air Force One at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, where he visits an Apple campus in Austin on Nov. 20, 2019. Last: Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a community event in San Antonio on Dec. 13, 2019.
Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune
First: San Antonio resident Rosie Torres performs a Danza Mexica prayer offering on the Capitol South Lawn on May 22, 2019, as part of the Society of Native Nations' first annual Indigenize the Texas Capitol Day. Next: Thousands attended "Howdy, Modi" at the NRG Stadium with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump on Sept. 22, 2019. Last: Thomas Williams-Platt, 18, a Georgetown ISD student, bore the full brunt of efforts targeting teen vaping.
Juan Figueroa, Eddie Gaspar and Angela Piazza for The Texas Tribune
First: Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, now a political commentator and investor, speaks with BuzzFeed's Ben Smith in September at the Texas Tribune Festival in downtown Austin. Last: An image from an event held during the Tribune Festival.
Bob Daemmrich and Marshall Tidrick for The Texas Tribune
First: Beto O'Rourke speaks at Texas Southern University in Houston on March 30, 2019, during his presidential campaign kickoff. Last: Kamala Harris attends the National Education Association presidential forum in Houston on July 5, 2019.
Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune
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