covers higher education and politics for The Texas Tribune and hosts the Tribune's weekly podcast. His writing has also appeared in Texas Monthly and The Texas Observer. Born in Houston and raised in Massachusetts, he has a bachelor's degree in English from Vanderbilt University.
Tom Pauken is the only statewide candidate who has made higher education a central issue in his campaign thus far. But his approach to it is drawing criticism from within the higher education community.
In early 2013, University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall, on a call with the agent for University of Alabama coach Nick Saban, said UT-Austin President Bill Powers would be gone by the year's end.
Reeve, Ross, Emily and Ben review the results of the recent election, ponder the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll and discuss the latest developments in the state's implementation of new abortion laws.
The director of the Texas Memorial Museum on why the institution's upcoming 75th anniversary will be bittersweet and why massive budget cuts currently planned for the museum are more than a local problem.
Unlike their counterparts in the lieutenant governor’s race, the Republicans vying to be the state’s next attorney general have largely refrained from drawing any knives in public. But they're coming out around the issue of smart meters.
State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischerbelieves that the investigation into whether a University of Texas System regent should be impeached could require a look at UT regents' personal computers, iPads and smartphones.
The Texas Association of Community Colleges on Tuesday announced the creation of a new Texas Success Center, designed to marshal the state's various approaches to student success and to advocate for related policies.
In a new web ad, Republican attorney general candidate Barry Smitherman invites voters to join his "conservative crusade" and highlights his experience in the "courtroom, boardroom and running major state agencies."
Following a week of intense scrutiny from the Legislature, University of Texas System Board of Regents Chairman Paul Foster announced on Friday that he intends to recommend new policy changes in November.