Bobby Blanchard Social Media Manager

Bobby Blanchard runs the Tribune’s social media efforts. A graduate of UT-Austin, Bobby spent his first year out of college at The Dallas Morning News as a reporting fellow, covering Texas politics and breaking news. He got his start in journalism in the poorly lit basement of The Daily Texan, followed by internships at the Houston Chronicle, KUT News and yes, the Tribune. Born and raised in the Houston area, Bobby is a native Texan. He relies on a steady supply of Tex-Mex and Red Bull to survive.

Recent Contributions

The Brief: Will Texas be home to America’s first high-speed rail?

The Dallas station of a proposed Dallas-Houston bullet train will likely be on the southwest side of downtown, on a patch of empty land between an existing rail line and the interchange of two highways.
The Dallas station of a proposed Dallas-Houston bullet train will likely be on the southwest side of downtown, on a patch of empty land between an existing rail line and the interchange of two highways.

A private company wants to build a 240-mile Dallas-Houston high-speed rail that could whisk Texans between the two metropolitans in 90 minutes. But the proposed project has drawn ire from some lawmakers and rural landowners

The Brief: How do Texans really feel about Donald Trump?

Des Moines, Iowa USA January 28, 2016: New York businessman Donald Trump rallies a crowd of veterans at Drake University while other Republican presidential candidates hold a final Des Moines debate prior to next week's caucuses.
Des Moines, Iowa USA January 28, 2016: New York businessman Donald Trump rallies a crowd of veterans at Drake University while other Republican presidential candidates hold a final Des Moines debate prior to next week's caucuses.

Texas Republicans like Donald Trump — a lot. More than 80 percent of Republicans surveyed in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll approve of Trump's work so far. 

The Brief: Two major bills head to the full Senate

Gov. Abbott delivers the State of the State address at the Capitol on Jan. 31, 2017.
Gov. Abbott delivers the State of the State address at the Capitol on Jan. 31, 2017.

The Senate State Affairs Committee advanced two major pieces of legislation Thursday: a bill that would end most union payroll deductions for public employees in the state and a resolution that would put Texas in support of a convention of states.

The Brief: New abortion fights in Texas start today

Protesters on both sides of the issue face off in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is argued inside, March 2, 2016. The case is focused on Texas law HB2, which if enforced would result in the closure of more than 75 percent of all women’s health clinics that provide abortion services in the state.
Protesters on both sides of the issue face off in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is argued inside, March 2, 2016. The case is focused on Texas law HB2, which if enforced would result in the closure of more than 75 percent of all women’s health clinics that provide abortion services in the state.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee is taking up three abortion-related bills today. Here's what you need to know. 

The Brief: How the ICE sting led to a family in crisis

Irma Perez talks briefly with her husband, Miguel Angel Torres, who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement leaving Irma to care for their three daughters Melani (12), Dana (8), and Jamilet (6) on Feb. 12, 2017.
Irma Perez talks briefly with her husband, Miguel Angel Torres, who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement leaving Irma to care for their three daughters Melani (12), Dana (8), and Jamilet (6) on Feb. 12, 2017.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say more than 50 people were arrested and detained this past weekend in a "targeted operation.” In at least one instance, a case of mistaken identity has led to a family crisis

The Brief: The Texas Tribune presents Sold Out

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton called sex trafficking "one of the most heinous crimes facing our society" at a recent press conference. Estimates suggest there are 79,000 child victims of sex trafficking in Texas.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton called sex trafficking "one of the most heinous crimes facing our society" at a recent press conference. Estimates suggest there are 79,000 child victims of sex trafficking in Texas.

More than a decade’s worth of initiatives — empty laws and hollow programs — have failed to protect Texas' most vulnerable youth from being trafficked for sex. Today, The Texas Tribune launches Sold Out

Ask us anything about our investigation into sex trafficking in Texas

Join Texas Tribune reporters and a former child welfare investigator Feb. 21 for a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" chat.
Join Texas Tribune reporters and a former child welfare investigator Feb. 21 for a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" chat.

Ask Texas Tribune journalists Neena Satija, Morgan Smith and Edgar Walters about our investigation into sex trafficking in Texas by joining us for a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" chat with a former child welfare investigator. 

The Brief: Corpus Christi's new mayor resigned after 37 days. What happened?

A sign posted at a sink at a Corpus Christi-area health clinic on the morning of Dec. 15, 2016.  City officials announced a ban on using the city’s water the evening before due to a chemical making its way into the supply.
A sign posted at a sink at a Corpus Christi-area health clinic on the morning of Dec. 15, 2016. City officials announced a ban on using the city’s water the evening before due to a chemical making its way into the supply.

Disgruntled Corpus Christi voters elected a political outsider to run the city last year. After 37 days, the mayor resigned. Here’s what happened.