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.
The longtime law enforcement officer gained international attention helping Democrats topple a Republican establishment in Dallas County. But she's already had some stumbles as she attempts an ascent to the governor's office.
A new report that looks at the growing socioeconomic gap between the rich and poor in Dallas County found that African-American and Hispanic residents continue to bear the brunt of falling incomes, and all 11 of the county's poorest census tracts are majority-minority neighborhoods.
State Rep. Pat Fallon beat state Sen. Craig Estes for a seat in the Legislature's upper chamber, while state Sen. Bob Hall held off state Rep. Cindy Burkett. Meanwhile, Angela Paxton won Texas' most expensive state Senate primary.
In the six months since state and federal officials decided to use the biggest housing recovery in modern history to rewrite the nation's disaster playbook, neighborly networks and organized charity have buoyed disheartened Texans on the coast.
After Tryon Lewis said on Thursday that he's leaving the five-person board that oversees the Texas Department of Transportation, a Dallas magazine reported Friday that Victor Vandergriff is also planning to leave the commission.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday unveiled a plan to limit annual local governments' property tax revenue growth to 2.5 percent. To increase revenue beyond that, governments would need approval from two-thirds of voters.
by Brandon Formby, The Texas Tribune and Jill Cowan, The Dallas Morning News
Will a years-in-the-making Texas bullet train be derailed? In our three-part series in partnership with The Dallas Morning News, we explored the obstacles facing a private firm's plans to build America's first high-speed rail line.
Texans successfully fought back against tolled highway projects in 2017. Meanwhile, motorists are now forbidden to text while driving and ride-hailing companies emerged from the legislative session with a major victory.