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Ben Philpott is a senior reporter for KUT-FM, Austin's National Public Radio affiliate. He has been covering state politics and dozens of other topics for the station since 2002, during which time he has been recognized for outstanding radio journalism by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, the Houston Press Club and the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters. Before moving to Texas, he worked in public radio in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Ala., and at several television stations in Alabama and Tennessee. Born in New York City and raised in Chattanooga, Tenn., Philpott graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in broadcast journalism.

Recent Contributions

The Ticket LIVE: The Palmetto Primary

This week on The Ticket: KUT’s Ben Philpott and the Tribune's Jay Root look to South Carolina by explaining who's voting, who's still running and what could happen on Primary night for both parties.

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The Ticket: Cruzin' to Caucus

This week on The Ticket: KUT’s Ben Philpott and The Texas Tribune's Jay Root hear from Tribune reporter Patrick Svitek on what it's like to cover the Cruzin' to Caucus bus tour in Iowa. 

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The Ticket: Brown Envelope Season

This week on The Ticket: KUT’s Ben Philpott and the Tribune's Jay Root explain the evolution of the attack ad — and get some analysis on Chris Christie's recent bump in the polls from New Jersey Public Radio's Matt Katz.

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The Ticket: The First Democratic Debate

This week on The Ticket: Jay Root and Ben Philpott talk with Evan Smith about how Texas could play a defining role in both party primaries. And Jay and Ben offer their analysis of the first Democratic presidential debate.

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The Ticket: The GOP Debate on Immigration

This week on The Ticket: Jay Root and Ben Philpott take a look at how the debate over immigration is playing out in the Republican presidential primary, with perspective from Tea Party activist Katrina Pierson.

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Check out a live video recording of The Ticket, our 2016 presidential politics podcast, with the Tribune's Jay Root, KUT 90.5's Ben Philpott and special guest Jennifer Rubin, writer for the Washington Post's Right Turn blog.  

Video: Watch The Ticket Podcast

Check out a live video recording of The Ticket, our 2016 presidential politics podcast, with the Tribune's Jay Root, KUT 90.5's Ben Philpott and special guest Jennifer Rubin, writer for the Washington Post's Right Turn blog.  

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