Elena Mejia Lutz
was a reporting fellow for The Texas Tribune in 2016, covering state politics and elections. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where she double majored in journalism and international relations and global studies. Prior to the Tribune, she worked at the Houston Chronicle as a reporting intern focusing on the Texas Legislature, and also at The Daily Texan as a senior reporter.
Competing against millions of acres of cotton, winegrowers fear federal approval of new herbicides to be used on genetically modified cotton seeds will wipe out the wine industry in the Texas High Plains. Full Story
Students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are worried after their school was placed on probation this week. The school's president says he is confident he'll get the problems fixed. Full Story
After decades in Texas politics, Susan Combs is focused on building safe spaces for women to exchange ideas and experiences. With a new memoir and a new nonprofit, she hopes to encourage more women to take on leadership roles. Full Story
Whom President-elect Donald Trump appoints to a vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat and how his Justice Department will differ from President Obama's could determine whether Texas' 2011 Voter ID law survives. Full Story