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We’re getting close to go time for the 2022 Texas Tribune Festival. We’re only two months and three days away — who’s counting? — and to date, we’ve announced 90 speakers out of an expected 300. Today we reveal another 30 great names just a few weeks ahead of the big reveal of our full program.
Once again, they’re pretty terrific. They include Austin Mayor Steve Adler; state Rep. Nicole Collier, D-Fort Worth; historian Douglas Brinkley; former Huston-Tillotson University President Colette Pierce Burnette; former state Rep. Sarah Davis, R-West University Place; Keven Ellis, the chair of the Texas State Board of Education; Susan Glasser, a staff writer at The New Yorker; state Rep. Craig Goldman, R-Fort Worth; Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez; state Rep. Mary González, D-Clint; Millard House, superintendent of the Houston Independent School District; Harrison Keller, the Texas commissioner of Higher Education; Paula Kerger, the president and CEO of the Public Broadcasting System; Renu Khator, the chancellor of the University of Houston System; and Mayor Quinton Lucas of Kansas City, Missouri.
We’re also pleased to welcome Democratic political strategist Lis Smith; Peniel Joseph, founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy; former Ohio Gov. John Kasich; Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson; Brooke Paup, the chair of the Texas Water Development Board; Mayor Aftab Pureval of Cincinnati, Ohio; U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California; Michael Sorrell, the president of Paul Quinn College; Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, dean of the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas; Mimi Swartz, executive editor of Texas Monthly; Michael Tubbs, the former mayor of Stockton, California; U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth; former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks; Judy Woodruff, “PBS NewsHour” anchor and managing editor; and Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin.
These 30 marquee names join former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan; Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson; U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy; former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki; Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo; U.S. Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, Tony Gonzales, R-San Antonio, Veronica Escobar, D-El Paso, and Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston; Joe Kahn, the executive editor of The New York Times; Jann Wenner, the co-founder of Rolling Stone; Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed; and so many others as participants in our multiday exploration of politics, public policy and big ideas.
Reminder that #TribFest22 is Sept. 22-24 in downtown Austin. We can’t wait to see you then and there. Get your tickets today!
Disclosure: Steve Adler, a former Texas Tribune board chair, as well as Huston-Tillotson University, Texas Monthly, New York Times and University of Houston have been financial supporters of the Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune's journalism. Find a complete list of them here.