Matthew Watkins, Texas Tribune

Matthew Watkins

Texas Tribune

Austin, TX, United States

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Past articles by Matthew:

TribCast: Evan Smith reflects on a career of watching Texas politics and media

In this week’s episode, Matthew speaks with outgoing Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith about the state of politics in Texas. → Read More

TribCast: A bill that would boost Texas’ semiconductor industry creates an unusual divide

On this week’s episode, Matthew speaks with Eric about the CHIPS Act and Eleanor about how abortion might be prosecuted in Texas. → Read More

Analysis: Grief. Horror. Inaction. Texas mass shootings follow a numbing script

We know what comes next. Another scar hardens on the state’s collective psyche, but little is done to prevent the next one. → Read More

TribCast: What would Texas look like in a post-Roe v. Wade world?

In this week’s episode, Matthew speaks with Eleanor and Zach about the impact overturning Roe v. Wade would have on Texans and Texas politics. → Read More

10 Texas stories you don’t want to miss as we say goodbye to 2021

It was another historic, news-filled year. As you get ready for 2022, check out these memorable articles The Texas Tribune published in 2021. → Read More

TribCast: How worried should Texas Democrats be about 2022?

In this week's episode, Matthew speaks with Patrick, Reese and Neelam about Tuesday's special election results, poll numbers in the governor's race and oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court over Texas' abortion law. → Read More

TribCast: A federal judge temporarily blocks Texas’ near-total abortion ban

In this week’s TribCast, Matthew speaks with Alexa and Reese about the ongoing court fights over Texas’ new abortion law and the redistricting process in Texas. → Read More

TribCast: Texas unveils a proposed new congressional map — and an election audit

In this week's episode, Matthew talks with Alexa, James and Jolie about redistricting, Gov. Greg Abbott's election audit and the troubles with Texas' border enforcement efforts. → Read More

TribCast: Local officials defy Gov. Greg Abbott on mask orders as COVID-19 rages

In this week's episode, Matthew speaks with James, Patrick and Joshua about COVID-19 overwhelming hospitals again and efforts to restore a quorum in the Texas House. → Read More

Power outages in effect across Texas as massive winter storm drives demand for electricity

The state's power grid operator said the outages will last at least through Monday morning. → Read More

TribCast: What the new Biden administration means for Texas

On this week's episode, Matthew speaks with Alex, Emma and Karen about the inauguration of Joe Biden and the latest on the coronavirus in Texas. → Read More

TribCast: The COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Texas

In this week's podcast, Matthew speaks with Karen, Ross and Alex about the coronavirus vaccine and the Electoral College vote in Texas. → Read More

In Texas, Biden’s urban wins couldn’t offset Trump’s millions of votes in rural, red counties

In order to turn the tide in 2020, Biden needed to take advantage of population growth in the state’s biggest cities and political shifts in the suburbs to erase Trump’s massive advantages in rural areas of the state. → Read More

"This is a scam": Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick calls it laughable for people under 65 to fear voting in person

Texas is locked in a legal battle over whether it must expand voting by mail. → Read More

Rice University Asks “Small Group” To Self-Quarantine Due To Employee’s Possible Exposure To Coronavirus

The Houston university said it's making the move out of an abundance of caution. → Read More

820 New Texas Laws Go Into Effect In September. Here Are Some That Might Affect You.

The laws include new rules for smokers, telemarketers and kids selling lemonade. → Read More

820 new Texas laws go into effect in September. Here are some that might affect you.

The laws include new rules for smokers, telemarketers and kids selling lemonade. → Read More

Judge temporarily blocks enforcement of Texas law banning contractors from boycotting Israel

The order came in a case brought by a Pflugerville school speech pathologist who was told she could only continue her contract work if she promised not to boycott Israel. → Read More

Former University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers has died

Powers presided over the university from 2006 to 2015. → Read More

Why is college in Texas getting so expensive?

Tuition and fees at Texas universities have more than doubled since 2003. There's plenty of blame to go around. → Read More