is the Texas Tribune's social media engagement fellow for the fall 2018. His job is to help engage audiences in our politics and policy coverage across platforms, capitalizing on his bilingual and bicultural background. Omar has been published in Texas Monthly (intern), The Austin Chronicle, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, Latino Rebels, Reporting Texas, and Burnt X. He is currently the social media and website editor for the Voces Oral History Project, where he is helping produce its first podcast. Before moving to Austin, Texas, in 2015, Omar worked as a media monitoring official for the Governor's Office in Puerto Rico. Omar completed a master's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin's School of Journalism in May 2018. In 2012, he graduated from the Universidad de Puerto Rico at Río Piedras with a B.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language.
The Texas Tribune hosted a conversation with state Reps. J.D. Sheffield, R-Gatesville, Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, and Dr. Stephanie Jones from the UT Southwestern Medical Center. The discussion was moderated by Tribune health and human services reporter Marissa Evans. Full Story
The Texas Tribune hosted a conversation with Joseph Kopser, the Democratic candidate for Texas' 21st Congressional District. The discussion was moderated by Tribune co-founder and CEO Evan Smith. Full Story
The Texas Tribune hosted a conversation Thursday with Justin Nelson, Democratic candidate for attorney general. The talk was moderated by Texas Tribune co-founder and executive editor Ross Ramsey. Full Story
The Texas Tribune hosted a conversation with Colin Allred, Democratic candidate for Texas' 32nd Congressional District. The talk was moderated by Texas Tribune co-founder and CEO Evan Smith. Full Story
Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 78 counties Friday and instructed several agencies to increase preparedness as heavy rainfall, floods and gusty winds are expected across portions of the Texas coast this weekend. Full Story
At a Texas Tribune event this Thursday in Laredo, Reps. Tracy King, D-Batesville, and Richard Peña Raymond, D-Laredo, talked with Tribune CEO Evan Smith about topics that affect the communities they represent in South Texas. Full Story
In the year since, Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast, displaced Texans have turned to local, state and federal agencies for help rebuilding their lives. Where do recovery efforts stand, and what are those agencies' long-term plans for getting neighborhoods and towns back on their feet? Full Story