The Texas Signal is a progressive, fact-based media company. Our mission is to build a media ecosystem in Texas to help get the progressive message out and challenge right-wing Republicans. Think of us a megaphone to finally counterbalance right-wing conservatives who have successfully built their own media empire in the Lone Star State.

Our political news and opinion is edgy but fact-based across all of our products, including this site, our political newsletter, podcasts, and events. We also ensure the content is digitally delivered to key communities across Texas.

For breaking news, confidential tips, and daily pitches, get in touch with us at joe@texassignal.com. We’d love to hear from you. Texas is massive and we strive to provide compelling coverage of the entire state.

Staff

David Lee, President, and Co-founder

David is the President and Co-founder of the Texas Signal. He focuses on strategic partnerships, business growth, and policy for the organization. Previously, he was the Texas political director for Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign, the national finance coalitions director for Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign, and was a policy advisor for Beto O’Rourke during his 2018 senate campaign. David graduated from Georgetown University, majoring in government and political theory, and received a masters degree in international political economy from Stanford University. David is on the board of Chicken and Egg Pictures, To Educate All Children, Victory Fund, and is a member of the Philanthropy Workshop. You can follow him on twitter @davidleetx or via email david@texassignal.com

Kevin Nix, Co-founder

Kevin is the Co-founder of the Texas Signal and served as the first Editor in Chief. Previously, he held senior management and communications roles at Legacy Community Health in Houston, the Human Rights Campaign and Media Matters for America in Washington, D.C. As chief media and message strategist, Kevin has run winning issue advocacy communications campaigns, most prominently on marriage equality and health care, at the national and statewide levels. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, Politico, NPR, and Texas Tribune. He began his career at the public affairs agency Public Strategies in Austin (now H+K Strategies). He earned his B.A. from Tulane University and M.A. in American Government from Johns Hopkins. You can follow him on twitter @KnixMedia or via email kevin@texassignal.com

Joe Bowen, Senior Advisor

Joe serves as the Senior Advisor for the Texas Signal and focuses on developing the digital portfolio and audience engagement strategies for the organization. Joe has a decade of experience as a progressive political operative, and most recently served as the Texas digital director for Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign. Joe was the campaign manager and lead strategist for Lina Hidalgo’s historic 2018 campaign for Harris County Judge, and has managed, contributed to or consulted for campaigns and causes in 26 states. You can reach him via email joe@texassignal.com

Fernando Ramirez, Political Reporter and Editor

Fernando covers Texas politics and government at the Texas Signal, where he keeps a close eye on Republican lawmakers and leaders. Before joining the Signal, Fernando spent two years at the Houston Chronicle covering politics, breaking news, and climate change. He previously interned at Houston’s NPR station News 88.7, reporting on a wide range of stories in the Houston metro area. Before journalism, Ramirez briefly worked as a technical writer and as a comedy writer for Cracked.com. He is a graduate of the University of Houston, Jack J. Valenti School of Communication and enjoys reading, highlighting things, and arguing on social media. You can follow him on twitter at @fernramirez93 or email at fernando@texassignal.com

Sarah Taqvi, Podcast/Video Producer

Sarah is the podcast and video producer for the Texas Signal. Having worked for online media and startups, Taqvi has experience as a web producer, podcast and copy editor, and marketing specialist. She received her B.A. in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Mass Communication at the University of Houston. Taqvi is also the Editor-at-Large at Brown Girl Magazine and the host of The Fill Up Podcast. You can reach her via email sarah@texassignal.com

William Kim, Editorial Assistant

William is the Editorial Assistant and Supervising Podcast Producer for the Texas Signal. He manages the production and distribution of our content across multiple platforms. Previously, he worked at a geopolitical consulting firm in San Francisco and worked for the Colorado Democratic Party during the 2016 election. William graduated from Colorado College with a degree in History and Political Science, where he was the Opinion Editor for the student newspaper. You can reach him via email william@texassignal.com

Jessica Montoya Coggins, Contributing Writer

Jessica is a contributing writer to the Texas Signal. She focuses on progressive causes and candidates in the North Texas area. Previously, she was the communications manager for Regina Montoya for Mayor, and the Digital Writer for the progressive PAC For Our Future. As a writer, Jessica has contributed to NBC Latino, Salon, Jezebel and a myriad of other publications. She graduated from Harvard with a degree in English Literature and a citation in Women, Gender and Sexuality studies. She is also currently training for a half marathon. You can follow her on Twitter @JessicaMCoggins or via email jessica@texassignal.com

Chris Chu de Leon, Contributing Writer

Chris covers Texas politics and government. Previously, Chris served as National Barnstorm Director and Texas State Director for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, and Political Advisor for Beto O’Rourke and helped launch the campaign. He was also Outreach Director for Christina Morales’ winning race for Texas State Representative. Born in Houston, Texas to immigrants from Hong Kong and Mexico, he is committed to building political power for working people and communities of color. Chris is a Fulbright Scholar and graduate of Rice University. You can follow him on Twitter at @chrischudeleon or via email chris@texassignal.com

Pooja Salhotra, Contributing Writer

Pooja is a contributing writer at the Texas Signal. She is focusing on character-driven feature stories that explore and explain the impact of legislation — or lack thereof  — on vulnerable communities. Outside of the Texas Signal, Pooja is a staff writer at The Buzz Magazines, a community digital/print magazine in Houston, and she will enroll in a graduate journalism program at NYU in fall 2020. Pooja graduated from Yale University in 2016, where she studied psychology and economics and served as City Editor for the Yale Daily News. Pooja is also passionate about health and fitness; she is a marathon runner and is on her way to becoming a certified 200-hour level registered yoga instructor. You can follow her on twitter @PoojaSalhotra or reach her via email at Pooja@texassignal.com