Carlos Nogueras reports on the vast Permian Basin region in West Texas for the Texas Tribune, writing about the hundreds of thousands of people who shoulder the impacts of an extraction-based economy in the oil and gas capital of the country. Before relocating to Texas, Nogueras was a political reporting fellow for Al Día News in Philadelphia, a bilingual digital paper and magazine covering Latino politics, its dynamics, power players and the policy shaping the Hispanic community. Nogueras has written extensively about Latino lawmakers—their stances versus their words, promises on the campaign trail and how they helped define municipal local politics. In Puerto Rico, where Nogueras was born and raised, he was a freelancer writing about the unpaid labor behind motherhood during the pandemic, gun violence and the waning coffee industry. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music from Berklee College of Music in Boston and began his master’s degree in journalism at the University of Puerto Rico.
Beat: Permian Basin communities
The Texas Tribune’s new regional team is expanding to cover the Permian Basin—a region that is home to hundreds of thousands of Texans and the oil and gas capital of the United States. Based in Midland or Odessa, the reporter publishes deeply sourced articles about the region’s stark inequalities, the impacts of an extraction-based economy, labor and workforce issues, fracking, regulation and the disparate impacts of policies made in Austin.