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The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival is upon us! Join us Sept. 27-29 in downtown Austin for two days of unique perspectives, thoughtful conversation and networking — all in the shadow of the Texas Capitol. 

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Wednesday, September 26
 

6:30pm CDT

Franklin Barbecue Feast – SOLD OUT!
Skip the line and join us for this special pre-Texas Tribune Festival kick-off event at the legendary Franklin Barbecue with world-class fare, cold beer and conversation. Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, joins Tribune co-founder and CEO Evan Smith in conversation about the state of politics and the role of media heading into the 2018 elections.

Presented by NRG Energy

Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO and Co-Founder of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
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Dean Baquet

Executive Editor of The New York Times
Baquet has served as executive editor of The New York Times since 2014. He was previously the Times’ managing editor and Washington bureau chief after serving as national editor and deputy metro editor. Baquet also served as the editor of the Los Angeles Times from 2005 to 2007... Read More →


Wednesday September 26, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm CDT
Franklin Barbecue
 
Thursday, September 27
 

6:00pm CDT

Opening Night Reception
Mingle with fellow attendees, Festival speakers and moderators at a welcome reception on the Music Porch at ACL Live at The Moody Theater before Thursday's opening keynote with former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Presented by Anheuser-Busch

Thursday September 27, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
ACL Live at The Moody Theater
 
Friday, September 28
 

7:30pm CDT

TribFeast: A Dinner To Support Nonprofit Journalism – SOLD OUT!
We're pleased to announce that the cast of Showtime’s “The Circus” — John Heilemann, Alex Wagner and Mark McKinnon — will be our guests at this year’s TribFeast, in conversation with Tribune CEO and co-founder Evan Smith!

This event is not included in the regular Festival pass and requires an extra ticket. It is now sold out and there will not be tickets available for purchase at the door.

This event is generously presented by AT&T and supported by Laura and John Arnold, Jeff Eller Group LLC, IBC Bank, St. David's Foundation, Ascension Seton, Austin Ventures, EdChoice, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP, Texas Capital Bank, Akerman LLP, Enoch Kever PLLC, LatinWorks and McCollough Public Affairs LLC.

Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO and Co-Founder of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for John Heilemann

John Heilemann

Co-host of Showtime's The Circus
Heilemann is a reporter and commentator currently serving as co-host of Showtime’s political documentary series “The Circus.” He is a national affairs analyst for NBC and MSNBC, appearing regularly on programs including Morning Joe and Hardball. Heilemann previously served as... Read More →
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Mark McKinnon

Co-host of Showtime's The Circus
McKinnon has served as a commentator and a media adviser for numerous companies and candidates, including former Texas Gov. Ann Richards and former President George W. Bush. He is a cofounder of No Labels, an organization dedicated to promoting bipartisanship in politics. McKinnon... Read More →
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Alex Wagner

Co-host of Showtime's "The Circus"
Wagner is co-host of Showtime’s “The Circus,” a weekly political documentary program, and is a national correspondent for CBS News. She was previously a senior editor at The Atlantic and remains a contributing editor, bi-weekly columnist and host of the podcast “Radio Atlantic... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 7:30pm - 10:00pm CDT
Brazos Hall

7:30pm CDT

Trivia Night with Steve Kornacki – Special #TribFest18 Edition
After a full day of programming at the Festival, you are invited to join Steve Kornacki, national political correspondent for MSNBC and NBC News and author of "The Red and the Blue," as he hosts a special edition of The Texas Tribune's Trivia Night. Bring your friends and test your knowledge on everything from current events to politics. Teams of up to six will compete for prizes, and there will be a special prize for the best team names.

Tickets for this event are not included with your Festival badge and a Festival badge is not required to attend. Pre-register here for $10 per person and then form your team at the event. Doors to the event will open at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28.

At the event, Kornacki will also sign copies of his book, "The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism."

Presented by Pearson, Spurs Sports and Entertainment, Lyft and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at AustinPrizes provided by SXSW, LeRoy & Lewis Barbecue, Uchi and Loro. The trivia game is provided by Trivia 512.

Speakers
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Steve Kornacki

National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC
Steve Kornacki is a national political correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. A former host of Up with Steve Kornacki and a co-host of The Cycle, Steve is now a regular substitute for Chris Matthews on Hardball and a mainstay of election night coverage. His first book, “The Red and... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 7:30pm - 10:00pm CDT
Scholz Garten