Alex Samuels

Alex Samuels is a newsletters fellow for The Texas Tribune and a journalism senior at The University of Texas at Austin. Alex has worked for USA Today College since her sophomore year and has been a collegiate correspondent and their first-ever breaking news correspondent. She also worked as an editorial intern for the Daily Dot where she covered politics, race, and social issues.

Recent Contributions

Houston police chief urges better mental health care for officers

(L-R) State Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and newly appointed Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo discuss race and policing at The Texas Tribune's Symposium on Race and Public Policy at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin on January 14, 2017.
(L-R) State Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and newly appointed Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo discuss race and policing at The Texas Tribune's Symposium on Race and Public Policy at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin on January 14, 2017.

Art Acevedo, the newly hired head of the police force in Texas' largest city, acknowledged at a Tribune symposium on Saturday the difficulty of finding new funding for the effort but argued for its importance.

The Q&A: L'Oreal Stepney

L'Oreal Stepney is the deputy director for the Office of Water, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
L'Oreal Stepney is the deputy director for the Office of Water, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

In this week's Q&A, we interview L'Oreal Stepney, the deputy director for the Office of Water, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

The Q&A: Penny Schwinn

Penny Schwinn is responsible for overseeing the TEA Assessment and Accountability Division, as well as Standards and Programs.
Penny Schwinn is responsible for overseeing the TEA Assessment and Accountability Division, as well as Standards and Programs.

In this week's Q&A, we interview Penny Schwinn, deputy commissioner for academics at the Texas Education Agency.

The Q&A: Jacquelyn Duke

Jacquelyn Duke, a lecturer at Baylor University, and a member of Baylor’s Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research (CRASR), where she is the resident riparian researcher.
Jacquelyn Duke, a lecturer at Baylor University, and a member of Baylor’s Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research (CRASR), where she is the resident riparian researcher.

In this week's Q&A, we interview Jacquelyn Duke, a riparian researcher at Baylor’s Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research.