Evan Smith Editor-in-Chief, CEO

Evan Smith is the Editor-in-Chief, CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization recently called “one of the nonprofit news sector’s runaway success stories.” The Tribune's deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be found at its website, texastribune.org, in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state, and in the print and online editions of the Washington Post. Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including nine Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Previously Evan spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as Editor and a year as President and Editor-in-Chief.

Recent Contributions

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 3/11/13

Aaronson on the impact of expanding Medicaid on the state budget, Aguilar on immigration-related bills in the 83rd session, Batheja on a GOP senator challenging his party on taxes, Galbraith on concerns about water use for fracking, Grissom on reciprocal discovery, Hamilton on the campus carry debate, Murphy and Batheja visualize the legislator-lobbyist revolving door, Ramsey on the blue dreams of Texas Democrats, Ramsey and Rocha on George P. Bush's big announcement and Ramshaw and Levinthal on Rick Perry's CPAC speech: The best of our best content from March 11-15, 2013.

TribuneFest: Building a Better Teacher

At the Trib's February 25 symposium on public education at Rice University, Morgan Smith talked about what it takes to find and retain great teachers with Linda McSpadden McNeil of Rice University, Elisa Villanueva Beard of Teach for America, Gayle Fallon of the Houston Federation of Teachers and former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 2/25/13

Aaronson with the latest on CPRIT, Aguilar on relitigating the Voting Rights Act, Batheja on what we can learn from Virginia on transportation funding, Galbraith on the Keystone XL's pipeline's progress, Grissom's six-parter on the intersection between mental health and criminal justice, Murphy interactively details the sequester's projected effect on Texas, Ramshaw sits down with Ted Cruz, my interview with the Lege's public education chairmen, and Hamilton on rumblings about micromanagement by UT regents: The best of our best content from Feb. 25 to March 1, 2013.

TribuneFest: Choice and Charters

At the Trib's February 25 symposium on public education at Rice University, Morgan Smith talked about the prospect of greater choice and more charters with Caprice Young of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Rosemary Perlmeter of Teaching Trust, Duncan Klussmann of Spring Branch Independent School District and David Anthony of Raise Your Hand Texas.

TribuneFest: Accountability and Student Testing

At the Trib's February 25 symposium on public education at Rice University, I talked accountability and student testing with Robert Duron, the state's deputy commissioner of education; Susan Kellner of Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment; Tom Pauken of the Texas Workforce Commission; and former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.