Jay Root Reporter

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.

Recent Contributions

Amputee Awarded Benefits in Rare Order

Jane Hays, 73, spent most of her career handling insurance claims and personnel issues. Now she's on the other side — fighting what she sees as a wrongful denial of her work injury claim. Hays had her lower right leg amputated on her way home from a work meeting.
Jane Hays, 73, spent most of her career handling insurance claims and personnel issues. Now she's on the other side — fighting what she sees as a wrongful denial of her work injury claim. Hays had her lower right leg amputated on her way home from a work meeting.

A woman who lost her leg in a car accident on the way back from a work meeting will start receiving her workers’ compensation benefits after all—at least for now. 

Injured After Work Meeting, Amputee Fights Claim Denial

Jane Hays, 73, spent most of her career handling insurance claims and personnel issues. Now she's on the other side — fighting what she sees as a wrongful denial of her work injury claim. Hays had her lower right leg amputated on her way home from a work meeting.
Jane Hays, 73, spent most of her career handling insurance claims and personnel issues. Now she's on the other side — fighting what she sees as a wrongful denial of her work injury claim. Hays had her lower right leg amputated on her way home from a work meeting.

Jane Hays, an employee benefits manager, thought she knew everything about the Texas workers' compensation system. But after losing her leg in a car wreck, she said she's discovered the difficulty many workers face when they're hurt on the job.

Video: Watch The Ticket Podcast

Check out a live video recording of The Ticket, our 2016 presidential politics podcast, with the Tribune's Jay Root, KUT 90.5's Ben Philpott and special guest Jennifer Rubin, writer for the Washington Post's Right Turn blog.  

Check out a live video recording of The Ticket, our 2016 presidential politics podcast, with the Tribune's Jay Root, KUT 90.5's Ben Philpott and special guest Jennifer Rubin, writer for the Washington Post's Right Turn blog.  

Analysis: A New, Dimmer Era For Rick Perry

Gov. Rick Perry announcing on Jan. 19, 2012, that he's withdrawing from the presidential race.
Gov. Rick Perry announcing on Jan. 19, 2012, that he's withdrawing from the presidential race.

Any longtime Perry watcher worth his salt knows the handsome fly boy from Paint Creek, Texas will do everything in his power to stay relevant in state and national politics, even after a second embarrassing withdrawal from presidential politics.

The Ticket: Ted Cruz Returns to Texas

This week on The Ticket: Jay Root and Ben Philpott discuss one of the only GOP presidential candidates who's survived the Summer of Trump: Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, and they talk to Texas activist JoAnn Fleming about Cruz's rise to prominence on the national stage.