Out of the Loop
The Tyler Loop is taking its signature brand of in-depth, fresh, inclusive journalism to an exciting new medium: our first-ever live, onstage storytelling event.
Presented by everyday Tylerites in their own words—with the help of local musicians—we bring you stories that are silly and serious, fun and fearless, and reveal something real about life in our region.
We aim to leave you feeling inspired, entertained, and informed—and with the sense that there are many more great hidden stories to discover and share in our beautiful city and beyond.
November 8 and 9, 7pm, Liberty Hall
Earl Campbell and Tyler: conversation with author of new biography
What was Tyler like when Earl Campbell was getting his start?
Earl Campbell was a force in American football, winning a state championship in high school, rushing his way to a Heisman trophy for the University of Texas, and earning MVP as he took the Houston Oilers to the brink of the Super Bowl. An exhilarating blend of biography and history, this new book chronicles the challenges and sacrifices one supremely gifted athlete faced in his journey to the Hall of Fame.
The story begins in Tyler, Texas, featuring his indomitable mother, a crusading judge, and a newly integrated high school. Join The Tyler Loop editor Tasneem Raja in conversation with Austin-based reporter Asher Price about his new book, which explores how Campbell and his family navigated complex issues of race and history in Tyler and beyond.
October 2nd, True Vine Brewery
Mike Hall: Reporting on Criminal Justice in Smith County
Mike Hall is an award-winning, nationally recognized journalist who’s been writing for Texas Monthly for over 20 years, with a longtime focus on criminal justice in Smith County and East Texas.
The Tyler Loop is bringing Mike Hall to Tyler for an in-depth conversation with Loop executive editor Tasneem Raja about the complex local cases he’s investigated more closely than any other Texas reporter, including the infamous Mineola Swingers Club case, and his informed perspectives on how criminal justice works in Smith County.
How does Hall find stories in Smith County? Why does he keep coming back here? What local cases were the most difficult to cover, and how did he chip away at them? Join us for a conversation you won’t find anywhere else in Tyler.
We thank the Department of Political Science at U.T. Tyler for generously sponsoring this event.
October 10th, John Soules College of Business at U.T. Tyler