Matthew Watkins

Matthew Watkins writes about higher education and the business of college sports for the Tribune. Previously, he has covered local government at The Dallas Morning News and The Eagle in Bryan-College Station. A Texas native, Matthew grew up in Austin and has lived in Houston, Dallas and Bryan. He earned his bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University in 2008.

Recent Contributions

At A&M, protests, big crowds and tension over white nationalist's speech

White nationalist Richard Spencer speaks at Texas A&M University in College Station while Preston Wiginton, who privately arranged the event, listens, on December 6, 2016.
White nationalist Richard Spencer speaks at Texas A&M University in College Station while Preston Wiginton, who privately arranged the event, listens, on December 6, 2016.

Richard Spencer's speech at Texas A&M drew more than a thousand protesters. As he preached white nationalism, tension was high and police in riot gear tried to maintain calm. 

A&M president proclaims "complete support" for football coach Kevin Sumlin

Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith interviews Texas A&M President Michael Young during a Tribune event on Dec. 1, 2016.
Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith interviews Texas A&M President Michael Young during a Tribune event on Dec. 1, 2016.

Texas A&M University President Michael Young said football coach Kevin Sumlin had "by far the best record of any coach who has moved a team from a less-challenging conference to a more-challenging conference."

As first bills are filed, battle lines for 2017 session begin to emerge

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick assures the audience at the Freedom, Faith and Fellowship event May 12, 2016 that he will uphold conservative principles as leader of the Texas Senate in 2017.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick assures the audience at the Freedom, Faith and Fellowship event May 12, 2016 that he will uphold conservative principles as leader of the Texas Senate in 2017.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick signaled an aggressive conservative agenda for the senate with his priority list, while House Democrats promised to focus on "kitchen table" issues.