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.
The first list of confirmed speakers at this year's Texas Tribune Festival contains names like Cruz, Huntsman, Hutchison, Castro, Van de Putte, Straus, Bradley and Hayes. Get your tickets while they're early-bird cheap!
On 4/15 I talked about immigration, health care, Congressional gridlock, 2016 and more with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, at an event in San Antonio co-presented by several of that city's chambers of commerce.
On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics, I talked with host Jason Whitely and Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Bud Kennedy about Texas' ranking in public education, plastic bag bans, high-speed rail and more.
Full video of my 3/27 TribLive conversation at Texas A&M University in College Station with state Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, and state Reps. Kyle Kacal, R-College Station, and John Raney, R-College Station.
At our 3/20 TribLive conversation, Kinky Friedman, a Democratic candidate for Texas agriculture commissioner in 2014, talked about why he wants to legalize marijuana — and what it would mean for the state.
At our 3/20 TribLive conversation, Kinky Friedman, a Democratic candidate for Texas agriculture commissioner in 2014, defended his decision to run as an independent in 2006 and to say nice things about Rick Perry in 2011.
I’m pleased to announce that Tim Griggs, our loyal and dutiful Knight Foundation fellow these last six months, is joining the Tribune staff as as our newly minted publisher and chief operating officer.