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Becca Aaronson

Becca Aaronson is the first-ever product manager at The Texas Tribune. She manages the Tribune's website redesign, coordinates cross-departmental projects and conducts user research to improve reader experience. She previously worked on the Tribune's data visuals team as a developer and project manager, contributing to several award-winning investigative projects. Becca joined the Tribune in 2010 as a journalist, and covered health care from 2012 to 2014, making waves with her coverage of women's health and the Wendy Davis abortion filibuster. She has a bachelor’s degree in cultural theory from Scripps College in Claremont, Calif.

Recent Contributions

Graphic by Jacob Villanueva

TribBlog: Steady Medi(caid)

Thirteen states expanded Medicaid or CHIP eligibility last year, and 14 states made improvements in enrollment and renewal procedures. Texas didn't fall into either of these categories, but the state held steady in 2010, while making improvements in technology to prepare for the roll-out of federal health care reform.

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Interactive: Medicaid Caseload

It's Texas Medicaid's time in the limelight: Federal health care reform calls for expanding it, some Republicans are angling to bag it altogether and lawmakers are gearing up for a tense debate over broadening the reach of cost-cutting managed care plans. Often lost in these conversations are the people Medicaid served and the money Texas pays to cover them. Our interactive allows you to visualize the 3 million Texans covered and the roughly $6 billion that the state spends.

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TribBlog: Research for a Cure

More than 800 scientists, doctors and cancer fighters are gathering in Austin this week for the Innovation in Cancer Prevention and Research Conference. The topic of conversation? The research made possible by grants from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas.

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Graphic by Becca Aaronson

Interactive: Senate Office Spending

State senators reduced the amount they spent on office expenses by $830,000 this year, or an average of nearly $26,000 per senator, an analysis by The Texas Tribune found.

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Bob Daemmerich

Red November

Rick Perry won his third full term as governor of Texas on Tuesday, defeating former Houston Mayor Bill White by a convincing double-digit margin and positioning himself for a role on the national stage. And he led a Republican army that swept all statewide offices for the fourth election in a row, took out three Democratic U.S. congressmen and was on its way to a nearly two-thirds majority in the Texas House — a mark the GOP hasn't seen since the days following the Civil War.

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Caleb Bryant Miller

2010: Watkins Narrowly Holding On

With 672 of 737 precincts in Dallas County reporting, the race for district attorney remains close. Incumbent District Attorney Craig Watkins, a Democrat, is leading challenger Danny Clancy, a Republican defense lawyer, by less than 1 percentage point, 50.45 percent to 49.55 percent.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Interactive: Guv Story

On this final day of the 2010 governor's race, we've put all of our coverage — the stories and blog posts and images and video and audio — into a timeline that tells the tale of the election, the political climate of Texas, the tactics and promises of Rick Perry and Bill White and our polling as the campaign unfolded.

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Becca Aaronson

TribBlog: War of Attrition Rates

A new study by the nonprofit education advocacy group Intercultural Development Research Association says 29 percent of Texas students who enter high school as freshmen do not graduate. The attrition rate is the lowest in the 25 years since the IDRA began performing the annual study. But the group notes that while the trend is declining, millions more Texans will drop out by 2040.

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Becca Aaronson

TribBlog: A Renaissance for State Parks

As one of 40 parks across Texas benefiting from renovation projects, Bastrop State Park will spend about $4 million on improvements financed by the sale of voter-approved bonds authorized by the Texas Legislature. By April 2011, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department expects to complete $44 million in repairs and renovations to state park infrastructure.

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Wordle.net

On the Records: What's In the Words

Since you probably don’t have time to look through 70-some campaign ad transcripts, we converted them into word clouds to help visualize the rhetoric of each political party. The word clouds compare the 100 most-used words by Republicans to the 100 most-used words by Democrats. The font size of each word is relative to its frequency of use.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Interactive: Ads Infinitum

Since The Texas Tribune launched in November 2009, the Ads Infinitum blog has collected and posted political advertisements — more than 70 in all — from candidates in both parties running for various offices during the primary and general election campaigns. We recently went back and collected data on all the ads we've posted and created a treemap data visualization so readers could sort them across categories. Transcripts of the ads and the videos themselves are also available via an interactive table. View the treemap and a video tutorial on how to use it.

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Treemap: Visualize Texas Political Ads

Since November 2009, when the Tribune first opened its doors, the blog 'Ads Infinitum' has tracked significant political advertisements from the primary and general elections. As it turns out, we've covered more Republican advertisements than Democratic. We created a treemap data visualization so readers could easily sort the advertisements by five different categories: candidate/organization, political party, election, promotional/attack, distribution.

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