Omar Rodriguez-Ortiz

Omar Rodriguez-Ortiz is the Texas Tribune's social media engagement fellow for the fall 2018. His job is to help engage audiences in our politics and policy coverage across platforms, capitalizing on his bilingual and bicultural background. Omar has been published in Texas Monthly (intern), The Austin Chronicle, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, Latino Rebels, Reporting Texas, and Burnt X. He is currently the social media and website editor for the Voces Oral History Project, where he is helping produce its first podcast. Before moving to Austin, Texas, in 2015, Omar worked as a media monitoring official for the Governor's Office in Puerto Rico. Omar completed a master's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin's School of Journalism in May 2018. In 2012, he graduated from the Universidad de Puerto Rico at Río Piedras with a B.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language.

Recent Contributions

Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas Tribune

Texas Reps. Sheffield and Coleman discuss the opioid epidemic

The Texas Tribune hosted a conversation with state Reps. J.D. Sheffield, R-Gatesville, Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, and Dr. Stephanie Jones from the UT Southwestern Medical Center. The discussion was moderated by Tribune health and human services reporter Marissa Evans.

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Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Trib

A year after Hurricane Harvey, where does Texas stand?

In the year since, Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast, displaced Texans have turned to local, state and federal agencies for help rebuilding their lives. Where do recovery efforts stand, and what are those agencies' long-term plans for getting neighborhoods and towns back on their feet?

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