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Elise Hu is a political reporter who focuses on multimedia projects at the Tribune. She previously worked as the state political reporter for Austin's ABC affiliate, KVUE-TV, from 2006 to 2009. She was recognized by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters three years in a row for her beat reporting on state politics and was named Best TV Reporter Who Can Write by The Austin Chronicle. Before arriving in Austin, she held reporting positions at television stations in Waco; Greenville, S.C.; and Columbia, Mo. She's an evangelist for social media and multimedia journalism — her Political Junkie blog was listed as one of WashingtonPost.com's top Texas political blogs. A native of Plano, she has a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri.

Recent Contributions

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 12

In this week's skirmish, TribCasters mull over the Massachusetts Senate race result and its effect on Texas, Kay Bailey Hutchison's stance on abortion and Debra Medina's post-debate surge. Full Story 

The GOP Debate: Spin Room

Post-debate spin from Governor Rick Perry's campaign manager, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's spokeswoman and Debra Medina herself. Full Story 

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 11

In this week's TribCast, Evan, Ross, Elise and Ben pregame the GOP gubernatorial debate, consider the political prospects of ESPN's Craig James and sum up House Speaker Joe Straus' appearance at the inaugural TribLive event. Full Story 
Todd Wiseman

Attack of the Ads

Rick Perry's and Kay Bailey Hutchison's ads seem pretty tame so far, but in an everything's-contested campaign cycle, even what constitutes an "attack ad" is grounds for debate.

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The Air War

Let the barrage begin. It's a new year and a new phase of the media race for the GOP nomination for governor. Full Story 

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 10

It's the first TribCast of the new year. Evan, Ross, Elise and Ben discuss the finalized ballots for statewide races, whether the transportation issue will drive voters and the possibility of making this red state's blue dot less blue. Full Story 
Democrat Linda Chavez-Thompson on January 4, 2010 Elise Hu

Meet Linda Chavez-Thompson

She was born into a family of eight children near Lubbock, worked on cotton fields in her teens and later became a Hispanic labor leader. Now she's running for lieutenant governor. We've packaged resources (in various media platforms) on the latest entrant to the race.

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Candidate Video: Geoff Bailey

Geoff Bailey's "Better Know a Candidate" video submission. Bailey is Republican running for House District 102, the seat currently held by state Rep. Carol Kent, D-Dallas. Full Story