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The 2022 Texas Tribune Festival is less than three months away, but to date we had announced only 60 speakers out of an expected 300. Of course they’re pretty terrific: former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont; Federal Communications Commission Chair Jessica Rosenworcel; Forward Party founder Andrew Yang; former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison; U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Austin; former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro; Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar; Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker; journalists Katy Tur, Ashley Parker, Alexi McCammond and Jane Coaston; and many more.
Today we’re excited to welcome onto our program another batch of great speakers: state Sen. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston; “Frontline” executive producer Raney Aronson-Rath; state Rep. Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock; Texas Supreme Court Justice Brett Busby; political commentator James Carville; U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio; Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon; U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo; U.S. Rep. Mayra Flores; Rochelle Garza, Democratic candidate for Texas attorney general; Céline Gounder, senior fellow at Kaiser Health News and a member of the Biden-Harris Transition Team’s COVID-19 Advisory Board; Eva Guzman, former Texas Supreme Court Justice and a member of a special committee investigating the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde; and Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
The list of newly added speakers also includes Brad Jones, the CEO of ERCOT; Joe Kahn, the executive editor of The New York Times; U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin; actor and author Ben McKenzie; Russell Moore, director of the Public Theology Project at Christianity Today; former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki; Asha Rangappa, senior lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and a legal and national security analyst for CNN; former New Mexico governor and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson; retired tennis player Andy Roddick; Deb Roy, professor of media arts and sciences at MIT and director of the MIT Center for Constructive Communication; former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus; Charlie Sykes, founder and editor-at-large of The Bulwark; state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston; Ellen Troxclair, Republican candidate for Texas House in District 19; Jann Wenner, co-founder of Rolling Stone; state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas; and Angela Williams, president and CEO of United Way.
Reminder that #TribFest22 is Sept. 22-24 in downtown Austin. We can’t wait to see you then and there. Get your tickets today!
Disclosure: Planned Parenthood and New York Times have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.