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

In addition, there are many more progressive stories to tell than mainstream media has the bandwidth to handle.

“Publishers on the left have been ramping up their investments in local media this year, launching websites that focus on the stories they think are being ignored by the mainstream news,” Axios reported in its “Media Trends,” which featured The Signal.

Our political and policy content is edgy but fact-driven across all of our products, including this site, our political newsletter, podcasts, and events. Credibility is our currency. 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 editor@thetexassignal.com. We’d love to hear from you. Texas is massive and a ton of stuff isn’t getting covered. 

Staff

Kevin Nix, CEO and Editor-in-Chief

Kevin Nix has served as senior communications strategist, chief writer, and spokesperson for Texas Democratic candidates, nonprofits, and high-profile issue campaigns, most recently on health care. He helped build ground-up digital editorial operations for three organizations, including Legacy Community Health and Media Matters for America. In Washington, D.C., he led the successful messaging and media efforts for Freedom to Marry and Human Rights Campaign to shift American public opinion in support of marriage equality, the most successful political issue in a generation. He received his B.A. from Tulane University and M.A. in American Government from Johns Hopkins University. He has served an on-the-record spokesperson in hundreds of news stories, including in the Texas Tribune, Houston Chronicle, New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, NPR, CNN, and MSNBC. Nix is based in Houston.

David Lee, President

David is president of The Texas Signal where he focuses on strategic partnerships, business growth, and overall strategy. Previously, he was a policy advisor to Beto O’Rourke during his Texas 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. 

Joe Bowen, Director of Digital Operations

Bowen is an organizer, communicator, and strategist based in Austin and Houston, Texas. With nearly a decade of political experience at the national, state and local level, Bowen has gained diverse experience throughout his career, having worked on campaigns in seven states and served clients across the United States in more than 30 states. In 2018, Bowen founded Instigator LLC, a boutique strategic communications firm. They service clients in sectors ranging from private sector technology companies to progressive political campaigns and non-profits dedicated to ending gun violence and advancing non-partisan independent redistricting. In his latest venture, he managed Lina Hidalgo’s successful campaign for Harris County Judge, designing and executing the campaign’s strategy while producing and placing its paid media buys, electing the first ever woman and Latina ever to hold that position.  

Fernando Ramirez, Political Reporter

Fernando Ramirez is a political reporter with The Texas Signal. Previously, he 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, where he reported on a wide range of stories in the Houston metropolitan 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.

Sarah Taqvi, Podcast/Video Producer

Taqvi is a recent graduate of the Jack Valenti School of Communications at the University of Houston. She was the producer of the Valenti School’s “Press Play” podcast.