Texas Tribune Festival kicks off with barbecue feast at Google’s new Austin digs

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Taylor Teague, Rhonda McCollough, Chandler McCollough Photo by Shelley Neuman
Laura Petterson, Cassidy Petterson, Kristin Chiles Photo by Shelley Neuman
Jessica Wyatt and Michael Wyatt Photo by Shelley Neuman
Kiah Collier, Ryan Murphy, Neena Satija Photo by Shelley Neuman
Patrick Terry, Kathy Terry, Sam Johnson, Maureen Whalen. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Barbecue Feast kicked off the 2017 Texas Tribune Fest. Photo by Shelley Neuman
April Hinkle and Dya Campos. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Michelle Zack and Steve Schmidt. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Ross Ramsey, Karen Kennard, Becky Brownlee, R.B. Brenner Photo by Shelley Neuman
Terry Quinn, Graham Quinn, Ellen Ray, Mark Ray Photo by Shelley Neuman
Guests enjoyed spectacular views of Lady Bird Lake from Google’s new downtown office space. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Evan Smith, Donna Brazile, and Steve Schmidt engage in a discussion about the role of the media post-election. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Anya Bidwell and other guests enjoy the discussion on the state of politics and the media post-election.

What: Texas Tribune Barbecue Feast

Where: Google

The lowdown: The Texas Tribune Festival had its unofficial kick off for 2017 with the annual Barbecue Feast. Guests enjoyed barbecue from LeRoy and Lewis and drinks from Big Bend Brewing Company in the brand-new Google offices, featuring stunning 360-degree views of Lady Bird Lake and downtown. After eating, guests sat down for a compelling conversation about the state of politics and the role of media following the 2016 elections.

The discussion featured Steve Schmidt, Republican political strategist and top advisor to the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and John McCain, and Donna Brazile, a veteran Democratic political strategist, former interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee and former campaign director for Al Gore’s presidential run. The conversation was moderated by co-founder and CEO of the Texas Tribune Evan Smith.

Who: Evan Smith, Donna Brazile, Steve Schmidt, April Hinkle, ​Dya Campos, Patrick Terry, Kathy Terry, Sam Johnson, Maureen Whalen, Michelle Zack, Ross Ramsey, Karen Kennard, Becky Brownlee, R.B. Brenner, Jessica Wyatt, Michael Wyatt, Laura Petterson, Cassidy Petterson, Kristin Chiles, Kiah Collier, Ryan Murphy, Neena Satija, Terry Quinn, Graham Quinn, Ellen Ray, Mark Ray, Taylor Teague, Rhonda McCollough, Chandler McCollough.

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