Alexa Ura Reporter

Alexa Ura covers politics and demographics for The Texas Tribune, where she started as an intern in 2013. She previously covered health care for the Trib. While earning her journalism degree at the University of Texas at Austin, she was a reporter and editor for The Daily Texan. A Laredo native, Alexa is a fluent Spanish-speaker and is constantly seeking genuine Mexican food in Austin.

Recent Contributions

Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys among artists speaking out against Texas bathroom bill

Singer Lady Gaga performs during the halftime show at Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017.
Singer Lady Gaga performs during the halftime show at Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017.

Singers and actors including Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper and Alicia Keys have signed onto an open letter asking Texas lawmakers to reject Senate Bill 6 and other anti-LGBT legislation recently filed at the state legislature.

Hope turns to heartache for Texas volunteers looking to help refugees

A group gathered at Wooldridge Park in Austin on Nov. 22, 2015, to protest Gov. Greg Abbott's decision not to accept refugees from Syria.
A group gathered at Wooldridge Park in Austin on Nov. 22, 2015, to protest Gov. Greg Abbott's decision not to accept refugees from Syria.

President Trump’s executive order restricting travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries and halting refugee admissions left many refugee resettlement agencies wondering what was left of their mission. But they were undeterred.

Muslim leaders denounce "intolerance" as lawmakers hold "Islamic Terrorism" event

Ahmed Mahmoud of the Austin chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations holds up a letter sent by state Rep. Kyle Biedermann, R-Fredericksburg, to poll mosque leaders and Muslim student associations about their beliefs.
Ahmed Mahmoud of the Austin chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations holds up a letter sent by state Rep. Kyle Biedermann, R-Fredericksburg, to poll mosque leaders and Muslim student associations about their beliefs.

As Republican lawmakers met for a "homeland security summit," Muslim leaders said state Rep. Kyle Biedermann discriminated against them in sending a letter to poll their beliefs.

Texas dispute with feds leaves Corpus Christi neighborhood in housing limbo

A refinery at the end of a residential street in Corpus Christi's Hillcrest neighborhood on January 24, 2017.
A refinery at the end of a residential street in Corpus Christi's Hillcrest neighborhood on January 24, 2017.

More than a year after Texas and the federal government settled a civil rights complaint from residents of the Corpus Christi neighborhood of Hillcrest, both sides are at an impasse, potentially leaving hundreds in the lurch. 

After GOP appeal, Texas Supreme Court agrees to take up same-sex marriage case

Couples embrace at the conclusion of the "Big Gay Wedding" ceremony on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol on July 4 after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in June.
Couples embrace at the conclusion of the "Big Gay Wedding" ceremony on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol on July 4 after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in June.

The Texas Supreme Court reversed course and agreed to take up a case involving benefits for married same-sex couples after Republican leaders urged the court to reconsider its earlier decision to let a lower court decision stand.