Evan Smith is the 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 national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and three general excellence awards from the Online 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.
Full video of my 10/31 TribLive conversation with Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, a 2014 candidate for lieutenant governor.Full Story
At Thursday's TribLive conversation, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, a 2014 candidate for lieutenant governor, talked about his opposition to in-state tuition and other state programs for undocumented immigrants.Full Story
At Thursday's TribLive conversation, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples explained why he decided to run for lieutenant governor in 2014.Full Story
At Thursday's TribLive conversation, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, a 2014 candidate for lieutenant governor, talked about his three Republican opponents.Full Story
At the Trib's Oct. 17 symposium on transportation at Southern Methodist University, Aman Batheja sat down with Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins; Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes; John Langmore, vice chairman of Austin's Capitol Metropolitan Transportation Authority board; and former U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, chief of public engagement for VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio.Full Story
At our 10/23 Hot Seat conversation at the Texas Tech University, state Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, and state Reps. John Frullo, R-Lubbock, and Drew Springer, R-Muenster, talked about water, transportation, public education and other issues in play in the 83rd session.Full Story
At the Trib's Oct. 17 symposium on transportation at Southern Methodist University, Aman Batheja sat down with Ted Houghton, chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission, and Phil Wilson, executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation.Full Story
On Oct. 22, I talked about the coming constitutional referendum on funding the state water plan with state Rep. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, and Carlos Rubinstein, chairman of the Texas Water Development Board.Full Story
At the Trib's Oct. 17 symposium on transportation at Southern Methodist University, I sat down with four members of the House Transportation Committee: Chairman Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, and state Reps. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale, Linda Harper-Brown, R-Irving, and Joe Pickett, D-El Paso.
On Oct. 19, I talked with R. Gerald Turner, the president of Southern Methodist University, about the high cost of higher ed, athletics vs. academics and more.Full Story
Aaronson on uninsured Texans, Aguilar on post-shutdown prospects for immigration reform, Batheja on reused wastewater and the Trinity River, Grissom on undocumented inmates, Hamilton with the latest in the Rick Perry/UT-Austin drama, MacLaggan on fast-food workers on public assistance, Malewitz on a massive wind power project, Ramsey on the status quo, Satija on water policy's strange bedfellows and M. Smith on David Dewhurst's call for President Obama's impeachment: The best of our best content for the week of Oct. 14-18, 2013.Full Story
On Friday, at the Texas Municipal League conference, I talked politics and policy with four Republican candidates for lieutenant governor: incumbent David Dewhurst, state Sen. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.Full Story
Full video of my one-on-one with Anita Perry, the first lady of Texas, at the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival.Full Story
Full video of former state demographer Steve Murdock's presentation, "Texas in 2050: It's All Over for the Anglos," at the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival.Full Story