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.
After a spate of North Texas earthquakes and growing frustration among locals with the state's regulators, we start this week's news-inspired playlist with "Standing on Shaky Ground" by Delbert McClinton.
John Steen may have recently resigned his post as secretary of state, but he has not left state government behind. He was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on Friday.
In 2013, for the third straight year, the Texas higher education story that bogarted the limelight was the ongoing tension swirling around the University of Texas System. But there are reasons to believe that won't be the case in 2014.
In February, we began setting the news to music each week, because as Kinky Friedman (featured within) might say, "Why the hell not?" As 2013 comes to a close, we start our special retrospective edition with Slaid Cleaves' "One Good Year."
Reeve is joined by a number of reporters as he revisits some of the memorable TribCast conversations about the hottest topics in Texas politics in 2013. Be sure to stay tuned for a special treat at the end.
Republican firebrand Ted Cruz, who spoke to the Tribune this week, ended his year in the U.S. Senate just as he began it. We kick off our latest news-based playlist accordingly, with "No Apologies" by Bon Jovi.
In the last month, both Gov. Rick Perry and House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, have reached out to gubernatorial appointees to share their thoughts on government oversight, which has recently become a touchy subject.
During a recent tug-of-war with Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp over the interim presidency at A&M's flagship school, Gov. Rick Perry floated the idea of a new adviser to regents "on par with [the] chancellor."
University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers told a legislative panel on Wednesday that persistent controversy, largely stemming from the actions of a regent, has taken a toll on the reputation of the university.
Evan, Ross, Jay and Reeve review the beginnings of the gubernatorial battle between Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis and provide an update on the turmoil at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University.
In a new web video released by Ken Paxton's attorney general campaign, the Republican state senator from McKinney received the endorsement of Liberty Institute President Kelly Shackelford, who also served as chairman of the statewide leadership team for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's 2012 campaign.
UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa told UT-Austin President Bill Powers on Thursday that he needed to improve their relationship — so our playlist inspired by the week's news starts off with "I Just Want to Get Along," by The Breeders."