Emily Ramshaw Editor-in-Chief

Emily Ramshaw is editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune. Under her leadership, the Tribune has won six national Edward R. Murrow Awards, IRE's Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism and a general excellence award from the Online News Association. Before coming aboard as one of the Tribune’s original reporters, Ramshaw spent six years at The Dallas Morning News, where she broke national stories about sexual abuse inside Texas’ youth lock-ups, reported from inside a West Texas polygamist compound, uncovered “fight clubs” inside state institutions for the disabled and investigated a series of deadly transplants where patients received rabies-tainted organs. The Texas APME named Ramshaw its 2008 Star Reporter of the Year.

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Planned Parenthood Files Suit to Halt Exclusion From Health Program

March 6th, 2012: Protest against Texas lawmakers decision regarding changed to the  the Women's Health Program. the federal government is expected to cut funding for the program because Texas improperly excluded Planned Parenthood from its list of providers
March 6th, 2012: Protest against Texas lawmakers decision regarding changed to the the Women's Health Program. the federal government is expected to cut funding for the program because Texas improperly excluded Planned Parenthood from its list of providers

Planned Parenthood branches in Texas have filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to block their exclusion from the state's Women's Health Program.

"Obamacare" on Center Stage

March 6th, 2012: Protest against Texas lawmakers decision regarding changed to the  the Women's Health Program. the federal government is expected to cut funding for the program because Texas improperly excluded Planned Parenthood from its list of providers
March 6th, 2012: Protest against Texas lawmakers decision regarding changed to the the Women's Health Program. the federal government is expected to cut funding for the program because Texas improperly excluded Planned Parenthood from its list of providers

From contraception and cancer screenings to "Obamacare" and state physician shortages, here's a look at the month ahead in Texas health policy. 

Suehs: State Could Use Block Grants to Free Up Women's Health Dollars

La'Tonya Ephraim speaks with Carrie Adney, a Women's Health Program client since last year, at Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services in Round Rock, TX.
La'Tonya Ephraim speaks with Carrie Adney, a Women's Health Program client since last year, at Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services in Round Rock, TX.

In a fiscal switcheroo, Texas could free up state dollars to fund the embattled Women's Health Program by seeking federal block grants for other programs, the state's health commissioner wrote in a letter to House Democrats on Tuesday. 

At Gridiron Dinner, Perry Plays the Comedian

Gov. Rick Perry announcing on Jan. 3, 2012, that he will return to Texas to reassess his campaign after a fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.
Gov. Rick Perry announcing on Jan. 3, 2012, that he will return to Texas to reassess his campaign after a fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.

Gov. Rick Perry took to the stage at an exclusive journalists' gala tonight to roast himself — and poke fun at the Republican presidential candidates. “It was the weakest Republican field in history," he joked, "and they kicked my butt.”

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Ramshaw on how much the state pays workers for unused vacation, Aguilar with the latest on voter ID, Tan and Dehn take a multimedia approach to the Women's Health Program controversy, Hamilton on an outcomes-based higher ed funding model, Murphy's new and improved election brackets, Root on how state money is being spent to attract sports events, Grissom with an update on Michael Morton's wrongful conviction and Aaronson's latest on Texas' growing economy: The best of our best content from March 12 to March 16, 2012.

A States' Rights Strategy

Gov. Rick Perry in his Capitol office on Feb. 21, 2012.
Gov. Rick Perry in his Capitol office on Feb. 21, 2012.

Gone are the deer-in-the-headlights “oops” moments, the campaign blooper reels. They’ve been replaced with the familiar Texas governor beating his drum against the federal government, this time on women’s health and voter fraud. 

Feds to Halt Funding for Women's Health Program

Rebecca Rankin, a family nurse practitioner, is the lead clinician at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Edinburg.  Rankin has worked with Planned Parenthood for 15 years.
Rebecca Rankin, a family nurse practitioner, is the lead clinician at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Edinburg. Rankin has worked with Planned Parenthood for 15 years.

Federal health officials announced Thursday what state leaders have predicted for weeks: that they are halting funding for Texas' Women's Health Program.