Robert Downen will join the Texas Tribune as a democracy reporter. Downen will be based in Austin.
Recently, he was at the Houston Chronicle, where he covered nonprofits and other business news.
Previously, he was a business reporter at the Albany Times Union and was managing editor of Times News Group in Illinois. He was a city editor at Pekin Daily Times in Illinois.
Downen has a B.S. in journalism and political science from Eastern Illinois University.
You can congratulate Downen on Twitter.