At the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival, Battleground Texas Senior Adviser Jeremy Bird, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and former Houston Mayor Bill White talked about what it will take to make Democrats competitive in Texas again.Full Story
Evan Smith is the Editor in Chief and CEO of The Texas Tribune, a non-profit, non-partisan digital news organization based in Austin. The Tribune's deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be found at its website, texastribune.org; in the pages of the New York Times; and in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state. In not quite four years in operation, the Tribune has won two general excellence awards from the Online News Association, four Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association, a Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists, and a Knight-Batten award for innovations in journalism. Before co-founding the Tribune, Evan spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as Editor and a year as President and Editor in Chief. On his watch, Texas Monthly twice won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. For eight years, Evan hosted the Lone Star Emmy Award-winning weekly interview program Texas Monthly Talks, which aired on PBS stations statewide. He currently hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally. A New York native, he has a bachelor's degree in public policy from Hamilton College and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Full video of my conversation about the Tea Party with former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey; state Reps. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, and Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford; and grassroots leaders JoAnn Fleming, Julie McCarty and Debra Medina.Full Story
Full video of Ross Ramsey's one-on-one with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst at the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival.Full Story
Full video of Reeve Hamilton's sit-down with three candidates for Texas Attorney General — state Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas; state Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney; and Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman — at the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival.Full Story
Full video of my one-on-one with state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, at the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival.
At the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, gave the clearest indication yet of why and how she'd run for governor.Full Story
Full video of my one-on-one with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival.Full Story
At the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival, first lady Anita Perry described the decision to have an abortion as "a woman's right."Full Story
At the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz reacted to news of the first official contact between the U.S. and Iranian governments since 1979.Full Story
At the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz addressed the speculation that he plans to run for president in 2016.Full Story
On September 24, I talked about the coming constitutional referendum on funding the state water plan with state Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, and former state Rep. Robert Puente, D-San Antonio, the president and CEO of the San Antonio Water System.Full Story
Full video of my 9/19 TribLive conversation with state Sen. Dan Patrick, Republican of Houston, a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2014.Full Story
At Thursday's TribLive conversation, state Sen. Dan Patrick, Republican of Houston, a candidate for lieutenant governor, criticized David Dewhurst's handling of the 83rd session's now-famous abortion filibuster.Full Story
At Thursday's TribLive conversation, state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, a candidate for lieutenant governor, revealed how he'd dole out the chairmanships of Senate committees.Full Story