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.
Touting a new collaboration, Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp asserted on Wednesday that the system's flagship university in College Station "has become the premier research university in the Southwest."
Reeve, Ross, Brandi and Jay discuss legislation vetoed by Gov. Rick Perry, the status of a special session bill dealing with the penalty for 17-year-old murderers and the significance of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's recent visit to a steakhouse.
Two legislators from Hidalgo County and two from Cameron County recall what it took to come up with a compromise on the bill to create a new university in South Texas, which Gov. Rick Perry recently signed into law.
For higher education followers, one of the great lingering mysteries of the 83rd session is the fate of a special committee that was formed to examine governance issues at the University of Texas System.
A plan to issue billions in bonds for campus construction became a casualty of a legislative game of chicken in the regular session. Our new interactive illustrates just what was at stake at schools statewide.