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Who Will Control East Texas?

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Abby Rapoport, staff writer for The Texas Observer, travels to East Texas to take the political temperature. This video diary complements her story, “Black Tea,” which follows the race between Democratic incumbent Jim McReynolds and Republican challenger James White.

Jen Reel was an Observer intern before joining the staff in July 2010, first as Web Editor, and most recently as Multimedia Editor. She received a Masters in Journalism with a concentration in Photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was co-chair for the student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association. She has worked in the non-profit sector for the Peruvian-American Medical Society and has been published in Utne Reader magazine, the Village Voice and Pitchfork Music.