The Texas Tribune Festival is one of the nation’s largest, most buzzworthy political gatherings. Our three-day festival brings Texans together to address the politics and policy that affect our communities, our schools, our work and our daily lives. We hope you will join us.
Friday, September 27 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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It’s a heck of a time to be a bi-national city

Programmed in partnership with the Urban Lab at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

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Jean Guerrero

Investigative Reporter at KPBS San Diego
Guerrero is an investigative reporter at KPBS, San Diego’s public television station. Her reporting on family separations at the border, the border wall, deportations and the migrant caravan has been recognized by organizations including the San Diego Press Club and the Society... Read More →

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César Blanco

State Representative
Blanco, D-El Paso, has represented House District 76 since 2015. He sits on the House Environmental Regulation and International Relations & Economic Development committees. He also serves on the executive committee of the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization. Previously, Blanco... Read More →
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Pete Saenz

Mayor of Laredo
Saenz has served as mayor of Laredo since 2014. As mayor, he initiated “New Voice; New Vision,” an agenda focused on government transparency and job growth. Previously, he spent 12 years on the Laredo Community College Board, four of which he served as president. Saenz also worked... Read More →
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Mary Walshok

Associate Vice Chancellor of the University of California at San Diego
Walshok serves as an associate vice chancellor at the University of California at San Diego and was one of the first women to be hired in a senior academic position at the university. During her tenure, she has led a number of initiatives to encourage more women to pursue STEM fields... Read More →
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Ruth Wasem

Clinical Professor of Public Policy Practice at the LBJ School of Public Affairs
Wasem is a professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and an opinion contributor at The Hill. She was a domestic policy specialist at the U.S. Library of Congress' Congressional Research Service for more than 25 years and testified before Congress... Read More →

Friday September 27, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, Hogsett Auditorium