Alex Samuels is the community reporter for The Texas Tribune. While at the Tribune, Alex helped revamp the “Texplainer” series and also spearheaded our first-ever Facebook group, “This Is Your Texas,” an online community for folks who want who wants to engage in a constructive dialogue about policy challenges facing our state. While at the Tribune, she has written extensively about statewide efforts to weaken existing marijuana restrictions and the Compassionate Use Act, which allows for the use of medical cannabis for qualifying Texans with debilitating medical condition. She graduated in 2017 from the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism. She joined the Tribune in August 2016 as a newsletters fellow and later transitioned into a reporting fellow just in time for the 85th legislative session.