The Texas Tribune Festival

The Texas Tribune is the only member-supported, digital-first, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. 

The Tribune was founded in 2009 by John Thornton (a venture capitalist in Austin for nearly 20 years and passionate believer in public media), Evan Smith (the veteran editor-in-chief of Texas Monthly and host of a weekly interview program on PBS stations), and Ross Ramsey (former owner and editor of Texas Weekly, the state’s premier newsletter on politics and government, now rebranded as The Blast) 

Each year, the Texas Tribune hosts 50-plus on-the-record, open-to-the-public live events — on college campuses, in community centers and everywhere in between — at which public officials, policy wonks and newsmakers answer for the work they’re doing and how they’re spending tax dollars. Events are often available via livestream video, for those who can’t attend in person, and following the conversation Texas Tribune publishes and archives video online.  

Their signature annual event, The Texas Tribune Festival, attracts thousands of attendees to downtown Austin to learn about Texas’ biggest challenges and to engage in thoughtful discussion about their respective solutions. Decision-makers, industry leaders and community activists from near and far come to take part in this three-day event 

The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival will be held September 27-29 in Austin, Texas, USA! This annual event offers three days of unique perspectives, thoughtful conversation and networking all downtown in Texas’s capitol. There will be a star-studded lineup of more than 300 leading international, national and state figures in politics, public policy and journalism; these marquee figures will be joined by thousands to discuss big-picture solutions to the most pressing policy issues. The overall goal is to come away more engaged and civilly conscious than before!  

This year’s TribFest will also include the third TribFeast, a gala dinner to support nonprofit journalism. This year they will welcome the cast of the Showtime series “The Circus”: John Heilemann, Alex Wagner and Mark McKinnon. 

Trade Winds

Our very own Jack Martin, Global Chairman and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, will be joining Dallas State Representative Rafael Anchia and former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk for a discussion on NAFTA and its effects on economic future of Texas. Trade Winds will take place on Saturday, September 29 at 12:45PM EST. The panel will be moderated by Julián Aguilar, Immigration and Border Security Reporter for the Texas Tribune. This event will be live-streamed. Watch here or on H+K Facebook.