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Jay Root

Jay Root is a native of Liberty. He never knew any reporters growing up, and he has never taken a journalism class in his life. But somehow he got hooked on the news business. It all started when Root walked into the offices of The Daily Texan, his college newspaper, during his last year at the University of Texas in 1987. He couldn't resist the draw: it was the biggest collection of misfits ever assembled. After graduating, he took a job at a Houston chemical company and soon realized it wasn't for him. Root applied for an unpaid internship at the Houston Post in 1990, and it turned into a full-time job that same year. He has been a reporter ever since. Root has covered natural disasters, live music and Texas politics — not necessarily in that order. He was Austin bureau chief of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for a dozen years, most of them good. He also covered politics and the Legislature for The Associated Press before joining the staff of the Tribune.Root is the author of “Oops! A Diary From The 2012 Campaign Trail,” an insider’s account of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s dramatic collapse in the 2012 presidential race. The book was released in September, 2012.

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Michael Stravato

Houston Slayings Fueled Border Security Debate

One year ago today, Spencer Golvach waited for the green light at a Houston intersection. An undocumented Mexican national pulled up next to him, pointed a pistol at Golvach’s head and pulled the trigger. The killing ignited a political firestorm.

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The Ticket: Cruzin' to Caucus

This week on The Ticket: KUT’s Ben Philpott and The Texas Tribune's Jay Root hear from Tribune reporter Patrick Svitek on what it's like to cover the Cruzin' to Caucus bus tour in Iowa. 

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The Ticket: Brown Envelope Season

This week on The Ticket: KUT’s Ben Philpott and the Tribune's Jay Root explain the evolution of the attack ad — and get some analysis on Chris Christie's recent bump in the polls from New Jersey Public Radio's Matt Katz.

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Todd Wiseman

On 37-Mile March, Immigrants Slam Abbott

Carrying placards, chanting in Spanish and calling for a halt to deportations of people without work papers, a few dozen immigrants and activists began their 37-mile “pilgrimage” Thursday from a federal detention facility to the Texas Governor’s Mansion.

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