Ross Ramsey — Click for higher resolution staff photos

Ross Ramsey

Ross Ramsey is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, where he writes regular columns on politics, government and public policy. Before joining the Tribune, Ross was editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly. He did a 28-month stint in government as associate deputy comptroller for policy and director of communications with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Before that, he reported for the Houston Chronicle from its Austin bureau and for the Dallas Times Herald, first on the business desk in Dallas and later as its Austin bureau chief, and worked as a Dallas-based freelance business writer, writing for regional and national magazines and newspapers. Ross got his start in journalism in broadcasting, covering news for radio stations in Denton and Dallas.

Recent Contributions

Todd Wiseman

TribYear: (Some of) Our Best Stories of 2012

For the last week of the year, we picked a sampling of our best of 2012: Hamilton on four-year graduation rates from Texas colleges, Ryan and Galbraith map the troubling levels of the state’s water reservoirs, Galbraith on groundwater fights in the Panhandle, Aaronson on the state insurance commissioner’s turbulent first year, Grissom, Ryan and Dehn on prosecutorial errors in Texas, M. Smith on what to do with failing school districts, E. Smith’s “Satan” interview with Gov. Rick Perry at TribFest, excerpts from “Oops!”  Root’s book on the governor’s presidential campaign, Rocha on the tussle over the Women’s Health Program, Ramshaw on a controversial effort to control Medicaid costs, Batheja examines the boom in toll roads, and Aguilar on “restorative justice” on the Texas-Mexico border.

Full Story 
Bob Daemmrich / Spencer Selvidge

Inside Out in the House Speaker's Race

Third parties — outsiders — can't vote in the race for Speaker of the House. But the lawmakers who will actually elect the speaker next month are listening, and acting, on what's going on outside.

Full Story 

The State of the Gun

Texas is a gun state, more likely to expand gun rights after a mass killing than to restrict them. While there are proposals to buy back guns or restrict sales, Texas leaders are pushing to allow guns in more places.

Full Story 
Todd Wiseman

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

M. Smith finds school choice already under way in some local districts, E. Smith grills a top energy regulator on conflicts of interest, Root reports on ethics reforms proposed by Tea Party activists, Ramshaw looks at elective surgery’s correlation to the state map, Galbraith and Murphy update the mapping data on the state’s lingering drought, Grissom finds fewer convicts being sent to Texas’ death row, Batheja reports on criticism of state economic incentives from the business community, Aguilar finds political activists in Texas organizing to watch Mexico’s government and Aaronson has details on the governor’s support for banning abortions after 20 weeks: The best of our best from Dec. 10 to 14, 2012.

Full Story