Ayan Mittra Editor

Ayan Mittra joined the Tribune after working more than 10 years at The Dallas Morning News. He spent his first seven years there as a copy editor. In 2008, he moved to the political desk, supervising the daily presentations and working with reporters in the field. He then worked as a night city editor, supervising the coverage of late-breaking news. He was also on the editing team for the 2009 and 2011 legislative sessions. A native of Beaumont, Ayan graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Recent Contributions

The Brief: Growth in number of abandoned wells fuels concerns

Brackish water flows from an unplugged abandoned well outside of Imperial in Pecos County — one of several in the area likely drilled for oil but later tapped for water.
Brackish water flows from an unplugged abandoned well outside of Imperial in Pecos County — one of several in the area likely drilled for oil but later tapped for water.

Texas is home to nearly 300,000 active oil and gas wells. When most wells end their service operators will plug them, limiting pollution threats, and move on. But the state is facing a surge of abandoned drilling sites and dwindling funds to clean them up.

The Brief: Cruz Looks Ahead After New York Defeat

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz attended a Pennsylvania campaign kickoff event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 19, 2016.
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz attended a Pennsylvania campaign kickoff event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 19, 2016.

There was little suspense Tuesday when it came to New York’s Republican presidential primary. But while Donald Trump easily won his home state, GOP rival Ted Cruz was already looking to one of the campaign’s next big prizes.

The Brief: Fatal Floods in Southeast Texas

Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in Houston on April 18, 2016. Here, the Buffalo Bayou is close to washing out Studemont Street near downtown Houston.
Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in Houston on April 18, 2016. Here, the Buffalo Bayou is close to washing out Studemont Street near downtown Houston.

The Houston area is grappling with devastating floods that have been blamed for at least five deaths, and Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a disaster declaration for nine counties in the state.