Maria Recio
Maria Recio is an award-winning journalist with a wealth of experience covering Washington. She has specialized in political coverage of members of Congress, presidential campaigns and the White House, with an emphasis on Texas politics. As a freelance writer, she is currently the Washington correspondent for the Austin American-Statesman as well as a contributor to other outlets. In 2018 she was the SPJ-DC Dateline winner for Washington coverage and in 2020 she was a finalist for the same award for her stories in the Statesman. Maria’s stories included the funding over prototypes for President Trump’s border wall – for which she actually registered as a bidder (at the suggestion of Customs and Border Protection) – and coverage of the trials of the J20 demonstrators who had been “kettled” to prevent disrupting Trump’s Inauguration. Maria worked for McClatchy newspapers for 10 years, covering Washington for her long-time newspaper, the Fort Worth Star- Telegram, as well as for the DC bureau. In the 2016 presidential campaign, she covered Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for the chain and won awards for her stories from the Houston Press Club. Maria also has a longtime interest in the arts and for four years was the arts & culture writer for McClatchy. She wrote about everything from the creation of the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture to a legal fight over an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett. McClatchy acquired Knight Ridder Newspapers, including the Star-Telegram, where Maria was on staff, in 2006. Maria covered third parties for Knight Ridder in the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns and for McClatchy in 2008 including candidate Ralph Nader. Nader’s 2000 campaign upended the results – though Nader bristled when Maria was the first person to ask him, the day after the election, how he felt about being labeled a “spoiler.” Her articles have appeared in a range of news outlets, including the Austin American-Statesman, Texas Monthly, MSN, USA Today, Yahoo News, Sydney Morning Herald, Miami Herald, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Refinery29. She attended Georgetown University.

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