is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a pioneering nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization whose 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 a Peabody Award, thirteen national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and three general excellence awards from the Online News Association. Evan is also the host of “Overheard with Evan Smith,” a weekly half-hour interview program that airs on PBS stations around the country. Previously he spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as the magazine's editor and a year as its president and editor in chief.
Full video of my 11/4 conversation with U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Democrat of El Paso. Topics discussed included border security, free trade, term limits, the 2016 presidential race and his possible run for the U.S. Senate.
Full video of my 10/25 conversation with U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin. Among the topics discussed: his support for Donald Trump, the case against Hillary Clinton, Russian hacking, Mosul, Aleppo, and whether he plans to run against Ted Cruz.
I couldn't be happier to spread the word that the Tribune's fearless, visionary editor-in-chief, Emily Ramshaw, will soon take a seat on the Pulitzer Prize board — one of the most sought-after gigs in our industry.
Full video of the latest installment of our San Antonio and the Legislature series: a conversation about the 85th session with state Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, and state Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio.
Late last night we finally posted the 2016 Texas Tribune Festival program — the best three days of panel discussions and one-on-one conversations since our first gathering of big names and big brains back in 2011.
Full video of our 5/26 conversation with state Sen Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, the chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee, and state Senator Kirk Watson, D-Austin, a member of the committtee and its former vice chairman.