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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: Hillary Clinton and Garry Mauro

In this week's episode of The Ticket, a co-production of the Tribune and KUT, Jay and Ben break down Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign announcement and talk with Garry Mauro, who's unofficially working to elect Clinton president in 2016.

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The Ticket: Rand Paul and Matthew Dowd

In this week's episode of The Ticket, a co-production of the Tribune and KUT, Jay and Ben break down the presidential campaign announcement speech of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and talk with Mathew Dowd, who directed George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign.

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The Ticket: A Presidential Podcast

On the first-ever episode of The Ticket, our presidential podcast, Jay Root and Ben Philpott talk with former Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri, who's now working for Rand Paul, and dissect Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential announcement speech at Liberty University.

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A Deeper Look Inside the State Budget

Keeping up with the ins and outs of the state budgeting process can be tricky. Here's a look at where Texas gets its money and how exactly it's spent.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Dennis Bartalon

What Do Candidates Do With All That Leftover Campaign Cash?

With less than six weeks before Election Day, candidates are burning through campaign cash in their final push to sway voters. But when the race ends, many will still have money in the bank. So what do they do with it?

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Mysterious Mailer Closes Out Heated Primary Runoff

A political mailer recently sent to thousands of Texans calls on Republicans to elect "Tea Party champions" in Tuesday's runoffs. Many Tea Party leaders throughout the state, however, have never heard of the group that put out the ad.

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