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Brandon Formby

Brandon Formby was born on the South Plains, but grew up in Plano as it transformed from a small bedroom community built among prairie land into a suburban powerhouse. His passion for writing ignited in kindergarten, the instant he learned how to read. Stints on the high school yearbook and newspaper staffs spurred respect and admiration for journalism. In the late 1990s, Formby returned to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech University. Social media didn’t exist back then, so he chronicled his assessments of the era in The University Daily. Every. Last. Thought. A return to North Texas followed graduation and he took a job as a suburban news clerk for The Dallas Morning News. He’d hoped to last 12 months. Instead, he got to be embedded in an army of bad ass journalists for more than 13 years. His stories exposed a suburban mayor’s use of public funds on personal expenses before she killed her teenaged daughter and then herself; shined a light on how the people of West, Texas used grit and grace to withstand the grief of a deadly fertilizer plant explosion; and unraveled the shaky logic and disingenuous reasoning underpinning Dallas’ now-abandoned plans to build a traffic-inducing toll road through a floodplain. He joined The Texas Tribune as its first Dallas-based urban affairs reporter in 2016. His stories highlighted the mounting housing affordability woes that the state’s economic growth belies; chronicled how tension between Texas’ rural roots and unbridled urban growth is coming to a head with plans for a Dallas-Houston bullet train; and detailed how state and federal officials’ attempts to reinvent disaster recovery delayed Texans’ abilities to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey. All of his friends who moved to Austin did it in their 20s. Formby waited until his 40s, when he became the Trib’s night news editor in 2019. Outside of work, he excels at nacho consumption, attitudey gifs, cheering on his friends and chilling with his nephews. Ask his mom about the time he confronted her with the findings of his investigation into the tooth fairy.

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