Alex Samuels

Alex Samuels is a reporting fellow for the Texas Tribune and a journalism senior at The University of Texas at Austin. She came to the Tribune in fall 2016 as a newsletters fellow, writing the daily Brief and contributing to the water, education and health newsletters. Alex previously worked for USA Today College as both a collegiate correspondent and their first-ever breaking news correspondent. She has also worked for the Daily Dot where she covered politics, race, and social issues.

Recent Contributions

Here’s how the “bathroom bills” in North Carolina and Texas measure up

An accessible unisex bathroom at The University of Texas at Austin.
An accessible unisex bathroom at The University of Texas at Austin.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst maintain the so-called "bathroom bill" is significantly different from a similar law passed in North Carolina. But how exactly does the original wording of Senate Bill 6 stack up against North Carolina’s House Bill 2? 

Texas Attorney General first in country to file brief backing Trump travel ban

Texas AG Ken Paxton during a press conference to recognize January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month on January 12, 2017.
Texas AG Ken Paxton during a press conference to recognize January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month on January 12, 2017.

Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an amicus brief Wednesday expressing his support of President Donald Trump's travel ban, effectively becoming the first state attorney general to back the controversial executive order. 

With Trump on their side, Abbott and Cruz hopeful for term limits on Congress

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) speak at a press conference in the Capitol about Sen. Cruz’s Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015 (S. 2302), in Washington, D.C., Dec. 8, 2015.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) speak at a press conference in the Capitol about Sen. Cruz’s Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015 (S. 2302), in Washington, D.C., Dec. 8, 2015.

With his calls to “drain the swamp,” President Trump has cast his election victory as a rebuke against career politicians. Now two Texas Republican leaders suggest that the timing is right to impose term limits on members of Congress.  

Austin Democrats gearing up for possible House District 46 special election — if Dukes steps down

(L-R) Greg Harrington, Sheryl Cole, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, Nnamdi Orakwue and Chito Vela.
(L-R) Greg Harrington, Sheryl Cole, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, Nnamdi Orakwue and Chito Vela.

Four Austin Democrats pitched ideas for representing House District 46, even though state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, abruptly decided not to step down from her seat.

Houston police chief urges better mental health care for officers

(L-R) State Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and newly appointed Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo discuss race and policing at The Texas Tribune's Symposium on Race and Public Policy at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin on January 14, 2017.
(L-R) State Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and newly appointed Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo discuss race and policing at The Texas Tribune's Symposium on Race and Public Policy at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin on January 14, 2017.

Art Acevedo, the newly hired head of the police force in Texas' largest city, acknowledged at a Tribune symposium on Saturday the difficulty of finding new funding for the effort but argued for its importance.