Justin Dehn, Texas Tribune

Justin Dehn

Texas Tribune

Austin, TX, United States

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Past articles by Justin:

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

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

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

“I expect the worst”: A Texas parent worries about sending her children back to school in person

Gov. Greg Abbott is standing firm on his ban against mask mandates in schools. Some parents are concerned for their children’s safety as in-person classes resume. → Read More

Internet is “not a privilege; it’s a right”: Rural Texas students struggle without broadband access

As the Texas Legislature tries to address a lack of broadband internet access for millions of people, students in rural areas are struggling to keep up academically during remote school. → Read More

It will take more than a pandemic to stop Tim League and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: “I’m going to fight like hell”

Although the iconic theater chain is facing bankruptcy, League is optimistic about the future of his Texas-born business. Listen in the weekend edition of The Brief podcast. → Read More

Rural Texas communities face long recoveries and stretched budgets without federal aid

Debbie Gosnell, city manager of Cross Plains, said it could take months for her community to recover from the winter storm. Without approval for federal aid, Gosnell worries the town's budget will not cover the numerous broken pipes and damaged buildings. → Read More

Volunteers stepping up in hard-hit Laredo to administer COVID-19 vaccine

The virus has overwhelmed hospitals in the border town. One medical worker says the COVID-19 vaccine is giving people hope. Listen to her story in the weekend edition of The Brief podcast. → Read More

In rural Texas, frustration with a disjointed vaccine rollout grows: “We’re better than this”

Steve Johnson, 75, says trying to get his first COVID-19 vaccine dose in Wise County highlighted the shortcomings of the distribution plan. Listen in the weekend edition of The Brief podcast. → Read More

No job, no car and living on $85 a week: Some Texans are facing economic crisis months into the pandemic

Jessica Tyson, an out-of-work hairdresser in Texarkana, says Congress cannot delay passing a second stimulus package. Listen in the weekend edition of The Brief podcast. → Read More

Watch John Cornyn and MJ Hegar debate the pandemic, police reform and voting

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a three-term Republican incumbent, and Democratic challenger MJ Hegar, answered the same set of questions for our "Split Decision" virtual debate series. → Read More

As day cares reopen, a Texas parent weighs the risks of sending her kids back

Latonya Stott is excited to return to work full time, but she wants to wait a couple of weeks before sending her two youngest children to day care again. She explains why in the weekend edition of The Brief podcast. → Read More

The one where Willie Nelson sings Happy Birthday to The

What would Texas be without The Texas Tribune? Politicos, fellow journalists and yes, Willie Nelson, toast The Texas Tribune on our 10th anniversary. → Read More

Visa denial rates for highly skilled workers are on the rise. Small Texas businesses are taking a hit.

The Texas economy relies heavily on temporary work visas, like H-1Bs, to hire highly trained, highly skilled employees from abroad. But H-1Bs have been subject to tougher scrutiny, with denial rates on the uptick. → Read More

"I'm honestly still stunned that I work here": Meet the staffers who keep Texas lawmakers in check under the dome

Behind the 181 members of the Texas Legislature, thousands of people work to keep the Capitol humming during legislative sessions. The work isn't always glamorous, but many view their small roles in helping state government function as an honor. → Read More

Meet the advocates lobbying Texas lawmakers for more money and support this session

During the Texas legislative session, the Capitol sees a rush of advocates. Our latest "Under the Dome" episode features two people lobbying on issues they are all too familiar with. → Read More

First day of 86th session is "launching pad" for new and veteran members

There's a lot of work that goes on at the State Capitol even before lawmakers gavel in. This "Under the Dome" episode takes you through the behind-the-scenes start of the 86th Texas Legislature. → Read More

There's a new Texas House speaker in town

In the latest installment of our mini-documentary series, "Under the Dome," we chronicle the path state Rep. Dennis Bonnen took to become the next likely speaker of the Texas House. → Read More

In the Texas Legislature, bills filed on marijuana, daylight saving are all fair game

Watch the first episode of our mini-documentary series, “Under the Dome,” chronicling the cast of characters passing laws in the Texas State Capitol. → Read More