Sept. 1-30

A virtual experience



The Texas Tribune Festival is one of the nation’s largest, most buzzworthy annual gatherings.

This year, we’ll be taking our conference virtual — and creating a month of programming just for you.

Join us in September for compelling sessions and insightful conversations on how the coronavirus has affected the election cycle, the legislative session, education, health care and the economy — not to mention immigration, energy, criminal justice and (lest we forget) redistricting.

How will the way we live and work be different — for a while, or forever? Most critically: What are we learning from this?

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2020 Speaker Highlights

These are just some of the incredible speakers who will be joining us for our virtual festival this September.


  • Art Acevedo, Chief of the Houston Police Department
  • Tim Alberta, Chief Political Correspondent for Politico
  • Yamiche Alcindor, White House Correspondent for PBS NewsHour
  • Charlotte Alter, National Correspondent for TIME
  • State Sen. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston
  • Nicole Austin-Hillery, Executive Director of U.S. Programs at Human Rights Watch
  • Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times
  • State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston
  • Keri Blakinger, Reporter at The Marshall Project
  • Robert Bullard, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University
  • State Rep. Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock
  • Jeb Bush, Former Governor of Florida
  • U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio
  • Julián Castro, Former U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development
  • Hillary Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State
  • Gary Cohn, Former Director of the National Economic Council
  • Pamela Colloff, Senior Reporter at ProPublica and Staff Writer at the New York Times Magazine
  • George Conway, Co-Founder of The Lincoln Project and Founding Member of Checks and Balances
  • Ana Marie Cox, Host of Crooked Media's "With Friends Like These" Podcast
  • U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Houston
  • Alphonso David, President of the Human Rights Campaign
  • State Rep. Sarah Davis, R-West University Place
  • Wendy Davis, Democratic Candidate for Texas' 21st Congressional District
  • Arne Duncan, Former U.S. Secretary of Education
  • U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-El Paso
  • Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston
  • Antonio Garza, Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
  • Susan Glasser, Staff Writer at The New Yorker
  • LaTonya Goffney, Superintendent of the Aldine Independent School District
  • State Rep. Mary González, D-Clint
  • Maggie Haberman, White House Correspondent for The New York Times
  • Errin Haines, Editor-at-Large for The 19th
  • Jay Hartzell, Interim President of the University of Texas at Austin
  • Katharine Hayhoe, Atmospheric Scientist and Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University
  • Glenn Hegar, Texas Comptroller
  • Lina Hidalgo, Harris County Judge
  • Maria Hinojosa, Anchor & Executive Producer of Latino USA and Founder, President & CEO of Futuro Media
  • Eric Holder, Former U.S. Attorney General
  • Peter Hotez, Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Co-Director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children's Hospital
  • State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin
  • State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, Chair of the House Public Education Committee
  • Laura Huffman, President & CEO of the Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO
  • State Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin
  • Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Judge
  • Eric Johnson, Mayor of Dallas
  • Gina Ortiz Jones, Democratic Candidate for Texas' 23rd Congressional District
  • Rob Kaplan, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Sal Khan, Founder & CEO of Khan Academy
  • Renu Khator, Chancellor of the University of Houston System and President of the University of Houston
  • Sri Kulkarni, Democratic Candidate for Texas' 22nd Congressional District
  • Wesley Lowery, Correspondent for 60 Minutes’ “60 in 6”
  • J.B. Milliken, Chancellor of the University of Texas System
  • Mike Morath, Texas Education Commissioner
  • Amna Nawaz, National Correspondent & Substitute Anchor for PBS NewsHour
  • Beto O'Rourke, Former U.S. Rep., D-El Paso
  • Ashley Parker, White House Reporter for The Washington Post
  • Samantha Power, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Betsy Price, Mayor of Fort Worth
  • State Rep. Four Price, R-Amarillo
  • Josie Duffy Rice, President of The Appeal and Host of the Justice in America Podcast
  • Cecile Richards, Co-Founder of Supermajority
  • U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Austin
  • U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida
  • John Sharp, Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System
  • Michael Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College
  • Margaret Spellings, Former U.S. Secretary of Education
  • State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, Chair of the Senate Education Committee
  • Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston
  • Beth Van Duyne, Republican Candidate for Texas' 24th Congressional District
  • Rick Wilson, Co-Founder of The Lincoln Project and Republican Media Strategist
  • Lawrence Wright, Author and Staff Writer at The New Yorker
  • Andrew Yang, Former 2020 Democratic Candidate for U.S. President
  • and more!