Thu November 4, 2010 at Bass Lecture Hall - Parking Available in Lot 39
Political journalists offering analysis of November 2 races and predictions for Texas:
Paul Burka, Texas Monthly;
Christy Hoppe, Dallas Morning News;
Elise Hu, Texas Tribune;
Harvey Kronberg, Quorum Report.
Panel moderated by Center for Politics and Governance Interim Director Sherri Greenberg
A native Texan who grew up in Galveston, Paul Burka is senior executive editor of Texas Monthly. He holds a B.A. in history from Rice University and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of law. After finishing law school, he spent five years working as an attorney for the Texas Legislature, as a committee counsel in the Texas Senate and as a drafting attorney for the Texas Legislative Council. He joined the staff of Texas Monthly in 1974, one year after the magazine was founded. He has won the National Magazine Award for Reporting Excellence and the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award. He has taught at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and in the Plan II undergraduate program at the University of Texas, and he has appeared as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News.
Christy Hoppe is the Austin Bureau Chief of The Dallas Morning News. During her 20 years in Austin, she has covered the administrations of four governors, five lieutenant governors and 10 regular legislative sessions. In national politics, she has been part of the Morning News’ coverage team on presidential elections taking her from Iowa through Inauguration and to eight national conventions. But she still believes Texas politics is the most entertaining reality show on TV.
Christy began her reporting career while attending the University of Texas, where she majored in government, wrote for the campus paper and contributed to articles in The New York Times and Time magazine. After graduation, she worked two years at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, covering the police beat, courts, county government and the beach. She joined The News as government reporter and later as an editor before moving to the Austin Bureau in 1989. Her work has been recognized with awards from the Associated Press Managing Editors, Texas Headliners and Dallas Press Club.
Elise Hu is a political reporter who focuses on multimedia projects at the Texas Tribune, an online news organization devoted to government, politics and policy. Through news partnerships, she regularly appears on television in Waco, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas, where she's a regular contributor to WFAA-TV's Sunday morning politics program. Her work at the Tribune has earned a national Edward R. Murrow for best online video and the Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism.
She previously worked as the state political reporter for Austin's ABC affiliate, KVUE-TV, from 2006 to 2009. While there, she was recognized by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters three years in a row for her beat reporting on state politics and was named by the Austin Chronicle as "The Best TV Reporter Who Can Write".
Before her time in Texas, Elise spent a few years covering politics in South Carolina and Missouri, and reported from Asia for the Taipei Times, where she covered news, business and occasionally reviewed nightclubs. She earned her bachelors in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Her cultural curiosity keeps her wandering the world; she’s visited more than 50 countries and territories, is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and is trying – with mixed results – to learn Dutch.
Harvey Kronberg has been Editor, Quorum Report, the Newsletter of Political Texas since 1989. The Quorum Report is a non-partisan online publication covering state politics and government from an insider's perspective. Originally a contract writer for Quorum Report, Kronberg bought the publication in 1998 and initiated the web site which is half free/half password protected.
He is also a political analyst for News8 Austin -- 24 hour news channel and a former contributing columnist to the Austin American Statesman. Kronberg has been quoted in publications as diverse as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Congressional Quarterly, The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor. In February 2005 Texas Monthly declared him one of the 25 most powerful individuals in Texas politics.