John Reynolds Newsletters Editor

John Reynolds is the newsletters editor for the Tribune. Prior to that, he was a reporter for Quorum Report, a non-partisan online political newsletter focusing on the ins and outs under the Dome, for more than seven years – covering the waterfront from health and human services and redistricting to pensions and elections. A native of Atlanta, Ga., he started his journalistic career one day after the attacks of Sept. 11 in Lubbock, Texas, where he rotated through a slew of beats at The Avalanche-Journal. He received his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and studied at the University of Georgia's graduate school in journalism. When not at work, he actively attempts to convince himself he is adept at tennis with varying levels of success. And he has adopted the Austin custom of appreciating smoked meats and listening to music in grassy/muddy fields.

Recent Contributions

The Brief: Paxton Shopped Districts for Transgender Policy Lawsuit

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, enters room where he will announce information on a lawsuit filed in U.S District Court against several federal agencies regarding bathroom and locker room rules in Texas public schools on May 25, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, enters room where he will announce information on a lawsuit filed in U.S District Court against several federal agencies regarding bathroom and locker room rules in Texas public schools on May 25, 2016

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton approached at least two North Texas school districts about adopting transgender guidelines that led to his lawsuit against the federal government.

The Brief: Texas Files 40th Lawsuit Against Obama Administration

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during press conference announcing a lawsuit that had been filed against the U.S Dept of Education, U.S Dept of Justice and other agencies which are requiring TX public schools to open restrooms, locker rooms to both sexes. May 25, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during press conference announcing a lawsuit that had been filed against the U.S Dept of Education, U.S Dept of Justice and other agencies which are requiring TX public schools to open restrooms, locker rooms to both sexes. May 25, 2016

In the latest legal action taken against the current president, Texas was one of 11 states moving to stop a directive for public school districts to let transgender students use the bathroom of their choice.

The Brief: Primary Runoffs Are Low Turnout, High Stakes

Voters wait in line at the University of Texas Co-op to cast their ballots in the March 1, 2016 primary elections.
Voters wait in line at the University of Texas Co-op to cast their ballots in the March 1, 2016 primary elections.

Although today's primary runoff elections will likely see low turnout in contests for the Legislature, the Railroad Commission and the State Board of Education, there are at least five things to watch for on Election Night.

The Brief: Abbott Has a Weighty Book Out. So, What's Next?

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's book, “Broken But Unbowed,” was available for purchase for the first time at the Texas GOP convention on May 12, 2016.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's book, “Broken But Unbowed,” was available for purchase for the first time at the Texas GOP convention on May 12, 2016.

The decision by Gov. Greg Abbott to pen a book touting a weighty national political proposal before he's been in office for two years has plenty of people wondering if he's setting up a run for higher office.

New in Trib+Water: Trouble the Water

In this week's edition of the Trib+Water newsletter: Iron may pose a greater threat to drinking water than previously thought, contaminated wastewater found in water near "unconventional" oil and gas production site and an interview with Kenneth Cook of WaterCentric.