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Former Tribune Washington Bureau Chief Abby Livingston moderates a panel with Mattie Parker, mayor of Fort Worth; U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth; and state Reps. Nicole Collier, D-Fort Worth and Craig Goldman, R-Fort Worth, at the Texas Tribune Festival on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.

Essay: The education and disillusionment of a young Texas reporter in D.C.

I moved to Washington in 2006 to work for a senator. I left in 2022 in the prime of my journalism career. I had seen enough.

Starting out

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison makes her way through pit row before the start of the Dickies 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on Nov. 5, 2006.

Russert’s army

NBC Television personality Tim Russert walks onstage before the MSNBC Republican presidential debate at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, in this January 24, 2008 file photo. Russert, the host of NBC's "Meet the Press," died on June 13, 2008 of a heart attack, The New York Times reported on its Web site, citing his family. He was 58.

The call of the Hill

Shattered faith

Former Tribune D.C. Bureau Chief Abby Livingston on the steps of the U.S. Capitol with U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, on Sept. 30. 2021.
Pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol during a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021. The joint session of the House and Senate was sent to recess after the breach as it convened to confirm the Electoral College votes cast in November's election.

Letting go

State Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, is reflected in the sunglasses of Abby Livingston, a reporter for The Texas Tribune, during an interview outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 1, 2021. Today, the Supreme Court will hear cases regarding abortion in Texas.

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