is a political reporter for The Texas Tribune, where she helps with national campaign coverage, writes stories about the intersection of race and politics in Texas, and covers the hottest political news bubbling out of local communities. She is also one of the primary authors of The Blast, the Tribune’s subscription-only daily newsletter for political insiders. Alex was previously the Tribune’s community reporter, but she began her stint with the organization as a fellow in 2016. She graduated in 2017 from the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism. She originally is from Massachusetts and is the best pingpong player at the Tribune.
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan will be coming to San Antonio in mid-October to help U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, win his hotly contested seat against Pete Gallego — a rematch of their close 2014 contest. Full Story
School officials in the Pelham school system in Alabama passed a new requirement that parents who want to eat lunch with their child or attend classroom parties must first pay for and pass a $15 background check. Full Story
According to a University of Pennsylvania professor and author, the burden on schools and educators to prepare students for citizenship has never been greater than it is now, given the nation’s divisive political climate. Full Story
In this week’s Q&A, we interview Anthony Brown and Louis Harrison of the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education and co-founders of The Black Male Education Research Collection. Full Story
Parents and children at Walnut Springs Elementary School in Dripping Springs debated at a board meeting Monday night the school’s decision to allow a transgender student, born a boy, to use the girls’ bathroom. Full Story
Texas won’t budge on a proposed rule that requires the cremation or burial of fetal remains — even in instances of miscarriages — overruling objections from the medical community, reproductive rights advocates and funeral directors. Full Story