joined the Tribune in 2014 as the publication's first Washington Bureau Chief. In this role, she covers members in the Texas Congressional delegation and campaigns back in the home state. A seventh-generation Texan, Abby grew up in Fort Worth and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to the Tribune, Abby worked for NBC, CNN, National Journal and Roll Call. At the Tribune, she won the 2017 National Press Club Award for Washington Regional Reporting and the Society of Professional Journalists' 2018 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Washington Correspondence. Abby is a contributing writer to the Almanac of American Politics and frequently appears on MSNBC, CNN and Sirius XM radio. She also had a role on an episode of "The Bold and The Beautiful." In keeping with the Trib’s great history of hiring softball stars, Abby is a three-time MVP (the most in game history —Ed.) for The Bad News Babes, the women’s press softball team that takes on female members of Congress in the annual Congressional Women’s Softball breast cancer charity game.
Castro drew praise from pundits for his sharp answers during a portion of Wednesday's debate focused on immigration, part of which involved Castro arguing with the other Texan onstage over whether improper border crossings should be decriminalized.
The San Antonio congressman is slated to announce next week whether he'll run against Republican U.S. Sen John Cornyn. That will follow weeks of frustration from within his party over a perceived delay in a decision.
The presidential candidate is walking a fine line on a tricky political issue. His wife, Amy O'Rourke, once launched a charter school and continues to be an advocate for the controversial education model.