For the past four years Wooten served as a staff writer for the Houston Business Journal, the city's weekly business newspaper. There, he covered the oil and gas industry as well as area banks. Following the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, Wooten spent much of his time covering its impact on local businesses, as well as the regulatory fallout for Houston-based companies involved in the disaster. Wooten also reported on the long-term impact of the financial crisis on Houston's banks, including major actions against local institutions related to the federal government's Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP.
After graduating from the University of Houston in 2007, Wooten interned at the Student Press Law Center, an Arlington, Va.-based nonprofit that assists high school and college publications with First Amendment issues.
For the past year, Wooten has been a freelance reporter covering the nexus between regulators and companies involved in the wave of domestic natural gas production known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.