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 email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you. Texas is massive and we strive to provide compelling coverage of the entire state.
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 boards of Chicken and Egg Pictures, Vote Simple, Be The Solution, AAPI Victory Fund, and the Philanthropy Workshop. You can follow him on twitter @davidleetx or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. David holds no oversight over Signal’s editorial strategy.
Joe Bowen, Senior Advisor + Columnist
Joe serves as the Senior Advisor for the Texas Signal and focuses on developing the digital portfolio and audience engagement strategies for the company. 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. He also contributes a weekly column to Signal, Musings. You can reach him on twitter @joebowen11 and via email at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 M.A. in Mass Communication at the University of Houston. She is also the Editor-at-Large at Brown Girl Magazine, the creator of Wheat Bingo and an artist.
You can follow her on Twitter @sarahtaqvi and reach her via email at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 and contact her via email at email@example.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 @chrischudeleon and reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
Joe Deshotel, Contributing Writer
Joe Deshotel is originally from Beaumont, Texas, but a combination of live music, politics and natural beauty brought him to Austin in 2010. After realizing Austin faced its own growing pains, he developed a passion for improving urban transportation and creating a more equitable community and addressing the city’s affordability crisis.
Joe has had the honor of introducing President Barack Obama on stage, receiving awards for his political commentary and been quoted in dozens of local and national publications and featured on multiple SXSW and other panels. He is a relationship builder, a lover of animals and the outdoors, and always looking for his next great challenge.
He has over a decade of experience in public policy that covers federal, state and local government and has worked on a number of successful election campaigns. He continues to consult on Democratic campaigns and serves as the Chair of Austin’s Community Development Commission which advocates for affordable housing and solutions for homelessness.
You can follow him on Twitter @joethepleb and reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kennedy Sessions, Contributing Writer
At the Signal, Kennedy covers crime, social justice issues, and Texas politics. Before the Signal, Kennedy graduated from the University of St.Thomas in Houston, TX with a degree in communication. At UST, she worked at the University’s online student newspaper as Editor-in-Chief and Assistant Editor. She also won an NAIA conference championship on the UST women’s soccer team. You can follow her on Twitter @__kennedybrooke or contact her via email at email@example.com.
Benjamin Salinas, Social Media Manager
Benjamin Salinas is the Social Media Manager for Texas Signal. He has a background in progressive digital work from graphic design to social media analytics. He graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Public Administration and a minor in Political Science. Benjamin is also the first member of his family to graduate with a four-year degree from a college or university. Ben can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @bensalinastx.
Kreshawn Washington, Chief of Staff
Kreshawn functions as the Chief of Staff for the Texas Signal and gives support to the entire team. Kreshawn has 15 years of experience working behind the scenes to ensure the foundation of the organizations she’s worked with are strong, structured, and coordinated. Kreshawn functions persistently with her teams to assist in all things relevant to the flow of the organizations. Additionally, her ability to learn quickly and to provide quality results with the newly attained knowledge is her greatest asset. Kreshawn most recently served as the special assistant to the state director and the operations assistant for Mike Bloomberg’s presidential election campaign in Texas. You can reach her via email email@example.com.