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Friday, September 23 • 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Live TribCast Recording

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Before the opening keynote, Festival attendees are invited to join us for a special pre-Festival live recording of the Texas Tribune TribCast and The Ticket 2016, featuring Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner; state Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall; Sarah Isgur Flores, deputy manager for Carly Fiorina's presidential campaign; and Erick Erickson, conservative blogger and radio host, with music from the Bad Precedents. After the recording, walk over to the Hogg Memorial Auditorium for the opening keynote with Gov. John Kasich.

Supported by Pearson 

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Ben Philpott (mod.)

Senior Editor at KUT-FM
Philpott has covered state politics and other topics for KUT, Austin's National Public Radio affiliate, since 2002. He is also co-host of The Ticket 2016, a podcast co-produced by KUT and The Texas Tribune covering the presidential election. Previously, he worked in public radio and at several television stations in Alabama and Tennessee. Philpott has been named Radio Journalist of the Year by the Houston Press Club three times.
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Emily Ramshaw (mod.)

Editor-in-Chief of The Texas Tribune
Ramshaw oversees The Texas Tribune’s editorial, technology and audience-building operations. Under her leadership, the Tribune has won six national Edward R. Murrow Awards, IRE’s Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism and a general excellence award from the Online News Association. Previously, Ramshaw spent six years as a political and investigative reporter at The Dallas Morning News.
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Jay Root (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Root, an investigative reporter, co-hosts The Ticket 2016, a podcast co-produced by the Tribune and KUT News covering the 2016 presidential race. Previously, he worked for The Associated Press, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Houston Post. Root is the author of Oops! A Diary from the 2012 Campaign Trail, an insider’s account of then-Gov. Rick Perry’s collapse in the 2012 presidential race.
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Ross Ramsey (mod.)

Executive Editor at The Texas Tribune
Ramsey is the executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, he served as editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly, as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Times Herald and as a radio reporter in Dallas and Denton. He also served as associate deputy comptroller for policy and director of communications at the state comptroller’s office.

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Erick Erickson

Conservative Blogger and Radio Host
Erickson is a journalist and host of Atlanta’s Evening News with Erick Erickson on 95.5FM and AM750 News/Talk WSB. He is also the founder and editor of the conservative site, The Resurgent, a guest host for the Rush Limbaugh Show and a Fox News contributor. Previously, Erickson was editor-in-chief of RedState.com and a member of the City Council in Macon, Georgia.
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Sarah Isgur Flores

Deputy Campaign Manager, Carly for America
Isgur Flores, before working on Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign in 2016, served as the deputy communications director for the Republican National Committee. She was a legal adviser to Mitt Romney’s PAC, Romney for President and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Isgur Flores was also the political director for Ted Cruz’s 2010 campaign for Texas state attorney general.
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Chris Paddie

State Representative
Paddie, R-Marshall, has represented House District 9 since 2013. He serves as vice chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee and sits on the Administration and Transportation committees. Paddie previously served on the Marshall City Commission and as mayor of Marshall.
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Sylvester Turner

Mayor of Houston
Turner was elected Houston’s mayor in 2015. Previously, he represented District 139 in the Texas House for more than 20 years. In the Legislature, Turner served three terms as Speaker Pro Tem, on the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee and on the Legislative Budget Board. Before his career in public service, Turner also founded the Houston law firm Barnes & Turner.

Friday September 23, 2016 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Texas Union Theater 2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705