David Muto Editor, TribTalk

David Muto is the editor of TribTalk, The Texas Tribune's opinion page. He is also the Tribune's copy editor. A Richardson native, he attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned degrees in journalism and Spanish.

Recent Contributions

New in TribTalk: Zaffirini on Trump

Real estate mogul and potential presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at CPAC 2014 in National Harbor, Md. on March 6, 2014.
Real estate mogul and potential presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at CPAC 2014 in National Harbor, Md. on March 6, 2014.

If he’s willing to listen, Donald Trump's visit to Texas today should provide him with a much-needed lesson on what life in border communities is actually like, writes state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo.

New in TribTalk: The Conservative Case for Public Transit

Capital Metro's current MetroRail line runs between downtown Austin and the northern suburb of Leander. A proposed 2014 bond measure could go toward expanding light rail in Austin if voters give the plan the green light.
Capital Metro's current MetroRail line runs between downtown Austin and the northern suburb of Leander. A proposed 2014 bond measure could go toward expanding light rail in Austin if voters give the plan the green light.

Everyone — conservatives included — stands to gain from high-quality public transit, even in Texas, write William S. Lind and Glen D. Bottoms of the American Conservative Center for Public Transportation.

New in TribTalk: Burton on Facebook and Fort Worth

State Sen.-Elect Konni Burton, R-Colleyville, who replaced Sen. Wendy Davis, at TTEvents on Dec. 11, 2014.
State Sen.-Elect Konni Burton, R-Colleyville, who replaced Sen. Wendy Davis, at TTEvents on Dec. 11, 2014.

"It’s wonderful to have a company like Facebook in our community, but I strongly disagree with how we lured it here," writes state Sen. Konni Burton, R-Colleyville.

New in TribTalk: Scanlon on Water Storage

A cascade aerator on the site of the Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant outside of San Antonio, where the San Antonio Water System maintains an underground storage reservoir.
A cascade aerator on the site of the Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant outside of San Antonio, where the San Antonio Water System maintains an underground storage reservoir.

Researcher Bridget Scanlon makes the case for why Texas should be storing more of its excess water underground.

New in TribTalk: Nielsen-Gammon on the Drought

Lilly pads in Stamford Lake, near Paint Creek, which was dug as a reservoir in the 1950s.
Lilly pads in Stamford Lake, near Paint Creek, which was dug as a reservoir in the 1950s.

"Will the recent rain lead to apathy and disregard for the need to prepare for the next drought?" writes state Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon.