Elise Hu | Political Reporter, Texas Tribune

Elise Hu | Political Reporter, Texas Tribune

It’s been a big year for Elise Hu—she left her gig as KVUE’s state political reporter for a job at the start up nonprofit, nonpartisan political website, the Texas Tribune, she got married (to fellow journalist at the Tribune, Matt Stiles), and picked up a national Edward R. Murrow Award. “In some ways, it’s been the longest year of my life,” the self-proclaimed “political junkie” says. “When we first moved into the office, we didn’t have chairs or trash cans. We were starting from scratch, which was unnerving in some ways, but it has paid off in spades. We are inventing things as we go along, and I really believe in new media and going to where the audiences are.” The “Trib” recently started a partnership with The New York Times. It’s the drama of politics that attracts the University of Missouri grad to it. “It’s always full of surprises. Politics have a huge impact on our lives—the legislature is making decisions about our roads, our schools…the air we breathe, and people should have a stake in that. As reporters, we have the opportunity to write the first draft of history.” And, Hu is just the person we would want for the job.

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Elise Hu | Political Reporter, Texas Tribune