News 88.7’s news anchor Ed Mayberry will assume the business reporting duties in the interim. Mayberry previously served as the station’s business reporter for over a decade.
The new politics and government desk will provide expanded coverage of local and state political news as well as local stories influenced by news and events on the national political and governmental scene. Listeners can expect to hear content focused on how elected officials are shaping policy that impacts their daily lives, including the Texas delegations in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives as well as the Texas governorship. Schneider will also explore major issues before county and city governments. Key topics such as the impact of money in Texas politics will also be examined.
“There are many stories to be told when it comes to politics and government in Texas,” said Jack Williams, news director of Houston Public Media. “With 2016 as a pivotal election year, now is a great time for Houston Public Media to seize the opportunity to create this new desk.” Williams adds that Schneider has a keen interest in politics and the organization couldn’t be happier that he has agreed to take on this new challenge.
Prior to joining News 88.7 in 2011 as business reporter, Schneider worked for Kiplinger Washington Editors from 1999 through 2010 as print reporter and associate editor covering the federal government, particularly the State Department, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the various House and Senate Committees that oversee foreign relations, international trade and environmental policy.
“I’ve always been fascinated by politics,” said Schneider. “One of my first major assignments for Kiplinger was as a researcher assisting with coverage of the 2000 presidential contest. With my new post, I feel like I’ve come full circle.”
To hear the latest local news, including expanded political and government content, tune in to Houston Public Media's News 88.7 or access coverage online at houstonpublicmedia.org.
(This post was taken from a release sent to me by Houston Public Media)