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John Thomas, KXAN

  • June 07, 2023
  • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
  • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712


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Covering the Texas Legislature

Research shows that the attention span of an average adult is shrinking. Most people will decide within seven seconds whether a piece of content is worth their time. That poses a challenge for a news producer working to cover Texas politics.  And by "a news producer," I mean me. I'm here to talk about some of the behind-the-scenes struggles of covering the Capitol. I promise to keep it tight...

About our speaker:

I’ve been covering news for KXAN in Austin since 1995.  I work behind the scenes as a news producer.  If you see me on television, something’s gone terribly wrong.  My focus these days is on political coverage, working with the Nexstar Media statewide bureau team.  I also produce State of Texas, a Sunday morning program focused on Texas politics which airs on Nexstar stations across Texas. I earned four Lone Star Emmy awards for my work on that program. My Mom still doesn’t really know what I do.


6:50am - Coffee & Networking 

7:10am - Breakfast Buffet

7:25am - Introductions & Announcements

7:50am - Speaker Introduction

8:20am - Q&A

8:30am - Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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