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.
On Sept. 5, Becca Aaronson talked with Dr.Esteban López of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Dr. Amelie Ramirez of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, on health care in what will be soon be a majority-Latino state.
On August 27, I talked with U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, state Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, and Kyle Janek, executive commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services, about where the state goes next on health care.
At the Trib's August 19 symposium on mental health at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Brandi Grissom talked about the intersection of mental health and criminal justice with a distinguished panel.
At the Trib's Aug. 19 symposium on mental health at the University of Texas at San Antonio, I talked about budget and policy accomplishments in the 83rd session with state Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston; David Lakey, commissioner of the Department of State Health Services; and state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio.
Aaronson on the state's doctor shortage, Aguilar on the ongoing fight over voter ID, Batheja on the crowded race for comptroller, Hamilton on the perils of tweeting candidates, Murphy and M. Smith let you review and search more than 10,000 CSCOPE lessons, Root on Ted Cruz's citizenship, Root and Rocha on the Tea Party's view of Cruz's eligibility to be president, M. Smith on David Dewhurst's call to the Allen Police Department and Swicegood updates our prison inmates database: The best of our best content from August 19-23, 2013.
Aguilar on a plan to ease trade at Texas ports, Batheja on the selling of next year's constitutional amendment on transportation, Hamilton on the latest in the Wallace Hall saga, Ramsey and Murphy on who's running — so far — in 2014, Rocha on mental health, veterans and the 83rd session, Root on Ted Cruz's travels across Texas, Satija on greenhouse gasses and the business community, M. Smith on CSCOPE and Swicegood updates our campaign finance app: The best of our best content from August 12-16, 2013.
The co-chairs of the select committee considering the impeachment of UT System Regent Wallace Hall have formally asked that all relevant documents be preserved and all potential witnesses be free from "adverse employee action."
Tim Griggs and Jake Batsell will join the Trib team as Knight Foundation-funded investigators of best practices in the news business. What they learn and what we learn will hopefully benefit our fast-changing industry.
On Friday night, the Trib's Alana Rocha and other veteran Capitol reporters discussed the crazy news week that was, including a monumental Supreme Court decision and the tumultuous end of the special session.