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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
avatar for Dean Baquet

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
 

8:00am CDT

Speaker & Sponsor Badge Grab Breakfast
Speakers and sponsors are invited to kick off the Festival by picking up credentials over breakfast tacos and coffee at our Festival Hub. Speakers and sponsors will enjoy this exclusive window before registration opens to the public.

Presented by Southwest Airlines

Thursday September 27, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

9:00am CDT

Live Recording of the Kaiser Health News "What the Health?" Podcast
Join Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, along Bloomberg News' Anna Edney, the Dell Medical School's Mini Kahlon and Politico's Joanne Kenen and Alice Ollstein, for a live recording of KHN's "What the Health?" podcast.

This event is free to attend and open to the public. An RSVP is not required to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Julie Rovner

Julie Rovner

Chief Washington Correspondent for Kaiser Health News
Rovner is the Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow and chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news organization covering health care policy. Prior to joining KHN in 2014, she spent 15 years as a health policy correspondent for NPR. In 2005, Rovner was awarded... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anna Edney

Anna Edney

Health Policy Reporter at Bloomberg News
Edney has worked as a health policy reporter at Bloomberg News since 2010. She previously worked as a health care reporter for National Journal’s CongressDaily and as an FDA Week reporter for Inside Washington Publishers. Edney also worked as a statehouse reporter for the Washington... Read More →
avatar for Mini Kahlon

Mini Kahlon

Vice Dean for Health Ecosystem at the Dell Medical School
Kahlon serves as the vice dean for health ecosystem at the Dell Medical School, leading innovation efforts across the school. She previously served as executive director and chief information officer for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of California... Read More →
avatar for Joanne Kenen

Joanne Kenen

Executive Health Care Editor at Politico
Kenen has served as executive health care editor for Politico since 2011. She also runs a health reform resource project for the Association of Health Care Journalists and is a contributor to its blog, Covering Health. Prior to joining Politico, Kenen covered health care policy for... Read More →
avatar for Alice Ollstein

Alice Ollstein

Health Care Reporter at Politico
Ollstein covers health care at Politico. Previously, she covered national politics at Talking Points Memo, worked as a politics reporter for ThinkProgress and as a congressional reporter for Capitol News Connection. Ollstein also serves on the board of the D.C. Chapter of the Society... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Capital Factory, Voltron Space

9:00am CDT

Members-only "How to #TribFest18" Breakfast
Join Texas Tribune co-founder Evan Smith and a special Festival guest for a Tribune members-only preview of the Festival. Over breakfast tacos and coffee, get an insider peek at Evan's top panel picks, meet other members and get all of your questions answered about How To Fest. Find out more about Members at the Fest.

This breakfast is open to Texas Tribune members, who will receive an invitation and RSVP link in September. 

This event is supported by Bumble Bizz, the official networking app of The Texas Tribune Festival.

Speakers
avatar for Ana Marie Cox

Ana Marie Cox

Host of the "With Friends Like These" Podcast
Cox is a political columnist and culture critic. She previously conducted the “Talk” interviews featured in The New York Times Magazine. Since starting the political blog Wonkette in 2004, she has contributed to a variety of outlets, including Time magazine, GQ and The Guardian... Read More →
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.


Thursday September 27, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Studio 919 at The Texas Tribune

10:30am CDT

Live Recording of The Weekly Standard's "The Daily Standard" Podcast
Join Charles Sykes, radio talk show host and contributing editor for The Weekly Standard, along with Republican political strategist Rick Wilson, for a live recording of "The Daily Standard" podcast.

This event is free to attend and open to the public. An RSVP is not required to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Charlie Sykes

Charlie Sykes

Contributing Editor for The Weekly Standard and Contributor for MSNBC
Sykes is a prominent conservative political commentator. He hosted a daily talk radio show for 23 years, leaving to join “Indivisible,” a national radio show about America in a time of change produced by WNYC. Sykes is also founder and editor-in-chief of Right Wisconsin, a conservative... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rick Wilson

Rick Wilson

Republican Political Strategist and CEO of Intrepid Media
Wilson is a Republican political strategist and media consultant. He has produced television ads for several gubernatorial and Senate candidates as well as super PACs and corporations. He is also a columnist for The Daily Beast, where he covers national politics. Wilson’s work has... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Capital Factory, Voltron Space

12:00pm CDT

Women at #TribFest18 Lunch
The Texas Tribune invites women registered for Festival to grab their badges and network over light bites and tea at our Festival Hub, located at 800 Congress.

This special lunchtime reception, hosted by Texas Tribune Editor-in-chief Emily Ramshaw, will bring together some of the top women shaping politics, business, technology and public policy in Texas. Pick up your Festival credential and meet fellow ladies leading their fields, including several political candidates on the November 2018 ballot.

This event is open to Festival attendees. RSVP here.

The Heart Gallery of Central Texas, a program of Partnerships for Children, features portraits of Central Texas children in the foster care system who are available for adoption. Working together, our community raises awareness around adoption, foster care and permanency

This event is supported by Modcloth, Austin Community College, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Southwest Airlines – the official airline of Texas Tribune Events. It is hosted by Panacea Collection.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Ramshaw

Emily Ramshaw

Editor-in-Chief of The Texas Tribune
Ramshaw oversees The Texas Tribune’s editorial, technology, events and audience-building operations. Under her leadership, the Tribune has won a Peabody Award, 10 national Edward R. Murrow Awards and top honors from the Online News Association. She is a member of the board of the... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

1:00pm CDT

Live Recording of Vox Media's "The Weeds" Podcast
Join Jane Coaston, Dara Lind and Matt Yglesias for a live recording of Vox Media's "The Weeds" podcast.

This event is free to attend and open to the public. An RSVP is not required to attend.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Coaston

Jane Coaston

Senior Politics Reporter for Vox
Coaston is a senior politics reporter for Vox, specializing in conservatism and the American Right. She previously worked for MTV News, where she covered the 2016 election and Republican party politics. Coaston has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post and ESPN... Read More →
avatar for Dara Lind

Dara Lind

Senior Reporter for Vox
Lind covers immigration, criminal justice and politics for Vox, where she has worked since the site’s launch in 2014. She has worked as a reporting fellow for University of Southern California Center for Health Journalism and with John Jay College's Center for Media, Crime and Justice... Read More →
avatar for Matt Yglesias

Matt Yglesias

Co-Founder of Vox
Yglesias co-founded Vox with Ezra Klein and Melissa Bell in 2014. He is currently a senior correspondent at Vox where he focuses on politics and economic policy and hosts “The Weeds” podcast. Yglesias was previously the author of the Moneybag column for Slate and a blogger for... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Capital Factory, Voltron Space

2:30pm CDT

Live Recording of the "Matt Lewis and the News" Podcast
Join Matt K. Lewis, senior columnist for The Daily Beast and commentator for CNN, along with guest Bill Kristol, founder and editor-at-large for The Weekly Standard, for a live recording of the "Matt Lewis and the News" podcast.

This event is free to attend and open to the public. An RSVP is not required to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Matt K. Lewis

Matt K. Lewis

Senior Columnist for The Daily Beast and Commentator for CNN
Lewis is a senior columnist at the Daily Beast and political commentator for CNN. He is also the author of “Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (and How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots).” Lewis is the host of his own podcast, Matt... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bill Kristol

Bill Kristol

Founder and Editor-at-Large of The Weekly Standard
Kristol is the founder and editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard, as well as a political commentator for ABC. He appears on the network’s program "This Week" and contributes to special events and election coverage. Previously, Kristol was a columnist for The New York Times and... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm CDT
Capital Factory, Voltron Space

4:00pm CDT

Live Recording of The Texas Tribune's "TribCast"
Before the opening keynote, Festival attendees are invited to join us for a special pre-Festival live recording of the Texas Tribune TribCast, hosted by the Tribune's Emily Ramshaw and featuring special guests Amanda Carpenter, CNN contributor and former Communications Advisor to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz; Texas Supreme Court justice Eva Guzman, Gina Ortiz Jones, Democratic candidate for Texas' 23rd congressional district; and David Weigel, national political correspondent for The Washington Post. After the recording, head over to ACL Live at The Moody Theater for the opening keynote with John Kerry, former U.S. secretary of state.

Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and The University of Texas at Austin and supported by H+K Strategies and the Texas A&M University System

This event is free to attend and open to the public. An RSVP is not required to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Emily Ramshaw

Emily Ramshaw

Editor-in-Chief of The Texas Tribune
Ramshaw oversees The Texas Tribune’s editorial, technology, events and audience-building operations. Under her leadership, the Tribune has won a Peabody Award, 10 national Edward R. Murrow Awards and top honors from the Online News Association. She is a member of the board of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Carpenter

Amanda Carpenter

Author and Contributor for CNN
Carpenter is a contributor for CNN, covering politics as a commentator. She is the author of “Gaslighting America: Why We Love it When Trump Lies to Us.” Carpenter previously worked as communications adviser for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and as a senior adviser for former U.S. Sen. Jim... Read More →
avatar for Eva Guzman

Eva Guzman

Texas Supreme Court Justice
Guzman was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court by then-Gov. Rick Perry in 2009 and elected to a full term in 2010. Previously, she served as an associate justice on the Houston-based 14th Court of Appeals and as a trial court judge on the 309th Family District Court. Guzman also... Read More →
avatar for Gina Ortiz Jones

Gina Ortiz Jones

Democratic Candidate for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District
Ortiz Jones is the Democratic nominee for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, challenging Republican incumbent Will Hurd. She served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force for 12 years and as a senior adviser for trade enforcement under President Barack Obama. Ortiz Jones... Read More →
avatar for Ross Ramsey

Ross Ramsey

Executive Editor of The Texas Tribune
Ramsey is the executive editor and co-founder of the Tribune, where he writes regular columns on politics, government and public policy. Before joining the Tribune, he served as editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly and as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Times Herald... Read More →
avatar for David Weigel

David Weigel

National Political Correspondent for The Washington Post
Weigel is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he covers Congress and grassroots political movements. He previously helped launch Bloomberg Politics and worked as a reporter for Slate, where he authored the political blog Weigel and hosted an interview... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Capital Factory, Voltron Space

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

7:00pm CDT

Opening Keynote: One on One with John Kerry
The former U.S. secretary of state and U.S. senator from Massachusetts on his just-published memoir, "Every Day is Extra," and the world at a crossroads. What he thinks about Russia, North Korea, Iran, NATO, NAFTA and more.

Get a discount on John Kerry's new book, "Every Day is Extra," with your pre-order from BookPeople.

Sponsored by PepsiCo

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 Kerry

John Kerry

Former U.S. Secretary of State
Kerry served as secretary of state under President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017. He previously represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate from 1982 to 2013, serving as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and was the 2004 Democratic nominee for president. Kerry... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 7:00pm - 8:15pm CDT
ACL Live at The Moody Theater

8:30pm CDT

Book Signing of John Kerry's "Every Day is Extra"
Join us for a signing of Secretary John Kerry's newest book, "Every Day is Extra." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

To ensure everyone gets their book signed in a timely manner, Sec. Kerry will be signing his books with signature only, and no posed photography but candid shots are allowed and encouraged.

This event is open to Festival passholders only.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
avatar for John Kerry

John Kerry

Former U.S. Secretary of State
Kerry served as secretary of state under President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017. He previously represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate from 1982 to 2013, serving as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and was the 2004 Democratic nominee for president. Kerry... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 8:30pm - 9:00pm CDT
ACL Live at The Moody Theater
 
Friday, September 28
 

8:00am CDT

Student BreakFest
On Friday and Saturday mornings, students are invited for tacos and coffee to pre-game the day and connect with other #TTFStudents. Meet Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life staff and our social media ambassadors, get highlights of the day and inside information on what’s happening. Learn more about Students at the Fest.

Students at the Fest is presented in partnership with the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life. Supporting sponsors include the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, Pearson, Texas Exes, Austin Community College and the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.

Sponsors
avatar for Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life

Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life

Supporting Sponsor
The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Austin was founded in the year 2000 on the belief that active, engaged citizens are made, not born, and that society benefits from increased citizen participation in civic life... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

8:00am CDT

Executive Lounge
Need to catch up on calls, grab a cup of coffee or meet with a colleague? The Maximilian Room at The Driskill Hotel is reserved for executive passholders, speakers and sponsors to handle business or catch some much-needed air conditioning.

Supported by Chariot

Sponsors
avatar for Chariot

Chariot

Major Sponsor
When it comes to making traffic less of a nightmare, the goal has become increasingly straightforward: change the one person to one car culture. At Chariot, we're focused on creating a transit solution that relieves congestion while offering a comfortable, personalized commuting experience... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Maximillian Room

11:00am CDT

Book Signing of Elisabeth Rosenthal's "An American Sickness"
Join us for a signing of Elisabeth Rosenthal's book, "An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
avatar for Elisabeth Rosenthal

Elisabeth Rosenthal

Editor-in-Chief of Kaiser Health News
Rosenthal has served as editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News since 2016. She previously worked for The New York Times for 22 years, covering healthcare and the environment as a correspondent and serving as a reporter in the Times’ Beijing bureau. Rosenthal is also the author of... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

11:00am CDT

Meet-and-Greet with Comptroller Glenn Hegar
Join us for a meet-and-greet with Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar in the Executive Lounge immediately following his Festival panel.

This meet-and-greet is open to Executive Conference Pass holders only.

Supported by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Speakers
avatar for Glenn Hegar

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Hegar, who was elected comptroller in 2014, serves as Texas’ treasurer, check writer, tax collector, procurement officer and revenue estimator. Previously, he served as a member of the Texas Senate and House. Hegar also served as chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission, which... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Maximillian Room

11:30am CDT

Executives at #TribFest18 Luncheon
Get out of the heat and enjoy lunch with colleagues on the mezzanine of the historic Driskill Hotel. Discuss panels, further professional development and build strategic alliances with fellow attendees. This unique environment is a gathering place for individuals with diverse levels of professional experiences to come together during the busy Festival.

An additional ticket is required to attend this event. This luncheon is included with an Executive Conference Pass and individual tickets are available to purchase for this luncheon here.

Supported by Chariot and Spurs Sports and Entertainment 

Sponsors
avatar for Chariot

Chariot

Major Sponsor
When it comes to making traffic less of a nightmare, the goal has become increasingly straightforward: change the one person to one car culture. At Chariot, we're focused on creating a transit solution that relieves congestion while offering a comfortable, personalized commuting experience... Read More →
avatar for Spurs Sports and Entertainment

Spurs Sports and Entertainment

Supporting Sponsor
Spurs Sports & Entertainment is the premier provider of sports and entertainment in South Texas. SS&E owns and operates the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), San Antonio Rampage (AHL), Austin Spurs (NBA Development League), San Antonio FC (USL), and also manages the day-to-day operations of... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 11:30am - 1:30pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Mezzanine

12:45pm CDT

Book Signing of Siva Vaidhyanathan's "Antisocial Media"
Join us for a signing of Siva Vaidhyanathan's book, "Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
avatar for Siva Vaidhyanathan

Siva Vaidhyanathan

Director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia
Vaidhyanathan is the director of the Center for Media and Citizenship and the Robertson professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several books on media, technology and intellectual property, including his most recent book, “Antisocial Media... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 12:45pm - 1:15pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

2:45pm CDT

Book Signing of Amanda Carpenter's "Gaslighting America"
Join us for a signing of Amanda Carpenter's book, "Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Carpenter

Amanda Carpenter

Author and Contributor for CNN
Carpenter is a contributor for CNN, covering politics as a commentator. She is the author of “Gaslighting America: Why We Love it When Trump Lies to Us.” Carpenter previously worked as communications adviser for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and as a senior adviser for former U.S. Sen. Jim... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 2:45pm - 3:15pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

3:15pm CDT

Book Signing of Mimi Swartz's "Ticker"
Join us for a signing of Mimi Swartz's book, "Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
avatar for Mimi Swartz

Mimi Swartz

Executive Editor at Texas Monthly
Swartz is a senior executive editor of Texas Monthly magazine and op-ed writer for The New York Times. She was previously a staff writer at The New Yorker and Talk Magazine. Swartz has been with Texas Monthly for nearly 30 years and is the author of “Ticker: The Quest to Create... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 3:15pm - 3:45pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

5:00pm CDT

Book Signing of Wendy Sherman's "Not for the Faint of Heart"
Join us for a signing of Wendy Sherman's book, "Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Sherman

Wendy Sherman

Former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs at the U.S. Department of State
Sherman served as undersecretary of state for political affairs at the U.S. Department of State from 2011-2015, where she oversaw the department’s multiple global bureaus. She led the U.S. negotiating team in the talks leading up to the Iran nuclear agreement and was awarded the... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

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 →
avatar for Mark McKinnon

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 →
avatar for Alex Wagner

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
avatar for Steve Kornacki

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

8:00pm CDT

Live Recording of Larry Wilmore's "Black on the Air" Podcast
Join Larry Wilmore for a live recording of the "Black on the Air" podcast featuring special guest Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the U.S. House.

This event is open to Festival pass holders only. It is free to attend, and entry will be granted on a first come, first served basis.

Supported by Huston-Tillotson University

Moderators
avatar for Larry Wilmore

Larry Wilmore

Host of the "Black on the Air" podcast
Wilmore has been a producer, actor, comedian and writer for more than 25 years. Previously, he hosted “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” on Comedy Central and was an executive producer for ABC’s “Black-ish.” Wilmore currently serves as host of “Black on the Air... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi

Democratic Leader of the U.S. House
Pelosi has served in Congress since 1987, representing California’s 12th Congressional District. She has served as House Democratic leader since 2002 and as speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011, becoming the first female party leader and speaker of the House.


Friday September 28, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm CDT
Stateside at The Paramount
 
Saturday, September 29
 

8:00am CDT

Student BreakFest
On Friday and Saturday mornings, students are invited for tacos and coffee to pre-game the day and connect with other #TTFStudents. Meet Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life staff and our social media ambassadors, get highlights of the day and inside information on what’s happening.Learn more about Students at the Fest.

Students at the Fest is presented in partnership with the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life. Supporting sponsors include the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, Pearson, Texas Exes, Austin Community College and the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.

Sponsors
avatar for Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life

Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life

Supporting Sponsor
The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Austin was founded in the year 2000 on the belief that active, engaged citizens are made, not born, and that society benefits from increased citizen participation in civic life... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

8:30am CDT

Meet-and-Greet with Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the U.S. House
Join us for a meet-and-greet with Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the U.S. House, in the Executive Lounge preceding her Festival panel.

This meet-and-greet is open to Executive Conference Pass holders only.

Supported by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi

Democratic Leader of the U.S. House
Pelosi has served in Congress since 1987, representing California’s 12th Congressional District. She has served as House Democratic leader since 2002 and as speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011, becoming the first female party leader and speaker of the House.


Saturday September 29, 2018 8:30am - 9:00am CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Maximillian Room

10:15am CDT

Book Signing of Henry Cisneros' "Building Equitable Cities"
Join us for a signing of Henry Cisneros' book, "Building Equitable Cities: How to Drive Economic Mobility and Regional Growth." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
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Henry Cisneros

Former Mayor of San Antonio and Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Cisneros served as housing secretary under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997 and as mayor of San Antonio from 1981 to 1989. He previously served as president and chief operating officer of Univision, president of the National League of Cities and deputy chairman of the Federal... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 10:15am - 10:45am CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

10:45am CDT

Book Signing of Mitch Landrieu's "In the Shadow of Statues"
Join us for a signing of Mitch Landrieu's book, "In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
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Mitch Landrieu

Former Mayor of New Orleans
Landrieu served as mayor of New Orleans from 2010 through May 2018. He also served as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Prior to being elected mayor, Landrieu served as lieutenant governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2010 and as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 10:45am - 11:15am CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

12:30pm CDT

Book Signing of Bethany McLean's "Saudi America"
Join us for a signing of Bethany McLean's book, "Saudi America: The Truth about Fracking and How It's Changing the World." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
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Bethany McLean

Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair
McLean has been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 2008. She was previously a reporter and editor-at-large for Fortune Magazine. She is the co-author of “Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron” and the author of “Saudi America: The Truth... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

12:30pm CDT

Book Signing of Cecile Richards' "Make Trouble"
Join us for a signing of Cecile Richards' book, "Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
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Cecile Richards

Former President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Richards served as president of Planned Parenthood from 2006 to April 2018, where she oversaw more than 600 affiliate health centers and advocates for reproductive rights. She previously served as deputy chief of staff for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and is the founder of... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

12:30pm CDT

Book Signing of Eliza Griswold's "Amity and Prosperity"
Join us for a signing of Eliza Griswold's book, "Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
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Eliza Griswold

Author and Contributor for The New Yorker
Griswold is a poet and journalist whose reporting focuses on the Middle East. She is the author of the “The Tenth Parallel,” a book about the intersection of Islam and Christianity in Africa and Asia, and “Amity and Prosperity,” which covers fracking and the energy boom in... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

2:00pm CDT

Book Signing of Amy Chozick's "Chasing Hillary"
Join us for a signing of Amy Chozick's book, "Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
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Amy Chozick

Writer-at-Large for The New York Times
Chozick was the Times’ lead reporter covering Hillary Clinton and the Clinton presidential campaign, beginning in 2013. Prior to joining the Times, she served as a political reporter for The Wall Street Journal and covered both the Clinton and Obama presidential campaigns in 2008... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

2:00pm CDT

Book Signing of Charlie Sykes' "How the Right Lost Its Mind"
Join us for a signing of Charlie Sykes' book, "How the Right Lost Its Mind." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
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Charlie Sykes

Contributing Editor for The Weekly Standard and Contributor for MSNBC
Sykes is a prominent conservative political commentator. He hosted a daily talk radio show for 23 years, leaving to join “Indivisible,” a national radio show about America in a time of change produced by WNYC. Sykes is also founder and editor-in-chief of Right Wisconsin, a conservative... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

2:00pm CDT

Book Signing of Jennifer Palmieri's "Dear Madam President"
Join us for a signing of Jennifer Palmieri's book, "Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
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Jennifer Palmieri

Former Director of Communications at the White House
Palmieri served as communications director for President Barack Obama from 2011 to 2015. Previously, she served as president of the Center for American Progress Action fund. Palmieri also served as director of communications for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and as... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

2:00pm CDT

Book Signing of Rick Wilson's "Everything Trump Touches Dies"
Join us for a signing of Rick Wilson's book, "Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real about the Worst President Ever." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
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Rick Wilson

Republican Political Strategist and CEO of Intrepid Media
Wilson is a Republican political strategist and media consultant. He has produced television ads for several gubernatorial and Senate candidates as well as super PACs and corporations. He is also a columnist for The Daily Beast, where he covers national politics. Wilson’s work has... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

3:00pm CDT

Book Signing of DeRay Mckesson's "On the Other Side of Freedom"
Join us for a signing of DeRay Mckesson's book, "On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
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DeRay Mckesson

Civil Rights Activist and Organizer
Mckesson is a prominent activist with the Black Lives Matter movement and an outspoken voice against police violence. He began speaking out against police violence during the August 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and has since amassed a large online following. In 2015, Mckesson... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

3:30pm CDT

Book Signing of Lawrence Wright's "God Save Texas"
Join us for a signing of Lawrence Wright's book, "God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
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Lawrence Wright

Author and Staff Writer for The New Yorker
Wright is an author, screenwriter and playwright who joined The New Yorker in 1992. He is most recently the author of “ God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State.” Wright is also the author of “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” and co-produced... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

7:00pm CDT

Closing Keynote: One on One with Beto O’Rourke
The three-term El Paso congressman on his headline-making race against Ted Cruz for the U.S. Senate: the issues, the politics, the long odds and his vision for a better Texas.

Moderators
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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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Beto O'Rourke

U.S. Representative, D-El Paso, and Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate
O’Rourke, D-El Paso, has represented Texas Congressional District 16 since 2013. He is the vice ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee and is a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. O’Rourke is the Texas Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, challenging... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 7:00pm - 8:15pm CDT
The Long Center for the Performing Arts