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Before there was Facebook and Twitter, e-mail and cell phones, there was real-time, face-to-face conversation where ideas were presented, positions debated, solutions brainstormed.

Beyond our destination website, The Texas Tribune offers Texas Tribune Events, a suite of free events designed to promote public discourse and civic engagement throughout Texas. It’s our attempt to bring people together in real time to learn, engage and renew. Our events include:

Texas Tribune Events

Texas Tribune Conversations

A series of breakfast conversations featuring prominent elected officials and other newsmakers at the Austin Club in downtown Austin.

These in-depth and thoughtful discussions are moderated by the Tribune’s CEO and Co-Founder, Evan Smith. We cover the most pressing issues facing the state, and questions related to these will be a constant throughout the yearlong series. Preceding the discussion, coffee is served, allowing time for our distinguished and influential guests to mingle. A Q&A session follows the discussion and allows our audience an additional chance to participate. Admission is free. The series attracts Capitol insiders, including lobbyists, downtown professionals, and the media. We record the conversations as audio and video content for texastribune.org and our print and broadcast syndication partners, as well as distribute them as podcasts across several channels. Conversation Series events are also live streamed and available to view, real time, on texastribune.org/livestream. Our live stream can also be embedded on your site for presentation.

Texas Tribune Events

Conversations Around The State

The Texas Tribune also hosts conversations around key statewide issues that directly relate to the local community. Panelists include legislators, set over lunch in their own communities, unscripted, in front of their constituents and include a Q&A time period for audience participation.


These full-day events are modeled on the celebrated Texas Tribune Festival. These topical programs bring together experts to present and generate productive conversations on major issues of the day. A total of 4 produced annually.

Texas Tribune Events

Texas Tribune Festival

Bringing together important and provocative statesmen, thinkers and writers from a wide variety of disciplines, the Tribune’s Festival at the University of Texas at Austin rivals the New Yorker Festival and the Aspen Ideas Festival and offers Texans an exciting weekend of public events and dialogue. Interviews, lectures, debates and panel discussions will explore major current issues.

Texas Tribune Events

Texas Tribune Speakers' Bureau

Many of our executive staff members and reporters keynote, moderate conversations and participate in panel discussions across Texas and beyond. If you would like us to speak at your event, please send us your conference or event details.


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