Our Staff

Konni Burton

Konni Burton is Founder and CEO of The Texan. Previously, she was a grassroots activist who worked on numerous campaigns for local, state and federal races. Konni then went on to run for office and was elected in 2014 to serve Tarrant County’s Senate District 10 in Austin. Her experience as a grassroots activist, elected official, and taxpaying citizen provides a unique and valuable perspective on the political landscape in Texas.

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Drew White is the Senior Editor for The Texan. Most recently, he worked as the senior federal policy analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation after spending two years in the U.S. Senate serving as domestic policy advisor for Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). He also worked as a legislative strategist for Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation. He received his Bachelor’s degree in political science from Auburn University and attended graduate school at Tel Aviv University. He currently resides in central Texas with his wife, son, and golden retriever, Emmie.

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Brad Johnson is a reporter for The Texan and an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad watching and quoting Monty Python productions.

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Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. While recently finishing his degree in Political Science from Azusa Pacific University, he also interned in the U.S. Senate and co-authored a book on C. S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy. In his spare time, he might be reading up on Dostoevsky or attempting to write a novel.

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Sarah McConnell is a reporter for the Texan. Previously, she worked as a Cyber Security Consultant after serving as a Pathways Intern at the Department of Homeland Security – Citizenship and Immigration Services. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M as well as her Master of Public Service and Administration degree from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. In her free time, Sarah is an avid runner, jazz enthusiast, and lover of all things culinary.

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Ben Billups is the Marketing Manager for The Texan. After earning his degree in Economics from Thomas Edison State University, he served as a policy analyst for Texas’ 85th Legislature and later operated an outlet for veteran investigative journalists. Ben is a native Texan, an award-winning filmmaker, and actively competes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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McKenzie Taylor serves as Operations Manager and resident plate-spinner for The Texan. Previously, she worked as State Representative Kyle Biedermann’s Capitol Director during the 85th legislative session before moving to Fort Worth to manage Senator Konni Burton’s campaign. In her free time, you might find her enjoying dog memes, staring at mountains, or proctoring personality tests.

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Sara White is the Outreach Director for The Texan. After receiving a degree in Social Work at Oral Roberts University, she worked for three different campaigns, including Senator Konni Burton’s, and served State Representative Tony Tinderholt as his Communications Director. In her free time, you will find her playing with her dog Snow, finding the best coffee shops, or singing her favorite karaoke songs.