Will Weissert has worked for The Associated Press for 17 years and been chief of its Austin bureau since 2014. He has covered Rick Perry’s 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns, the rise of Ted Cruz from tea party longshot to Senate troublemaker to surprising second-place finisher in the Republican presidential primary, and four sessions of the Texas Legislature. He also traveled with the vice presidential campaigns of Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, filing from 30-plus states in the final, frantic weeks of the 2016 White House race.
Prior to that, Weissert worked as a correspondent in San Antonio, Texas, Havana, Cuba, Mexico City and Guatemala City. He has reported and written on Mexican drug smuggling and American mass shootings; hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, prison riots, papal visits, elections and military coups throughout Central and South America; the handover of communist power from Fidel Castro to his brother Raul, alcohol-soaked Spring Break revelry in Cancun, and “juicing” fears at the Rawlings factory that procures every official ball used by Major League Baseball.
Weissert also helped cover the execution of Saddam Hussein while embedding with the Marines and U.S. Army in Fallujah, Ramadi and other parts of Iraq in 2006.
A native of Washington, D.C., Weissert is a graduate of the University of Michigan.