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.
At Thursday's TribLive conversation, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza assessed the still-nascent presidency of Enrique Peña Nieto and discussed lingering concerns over safety south of the border.
At last Friday's quarterly meeting of the Texas Lyceum, I interviewed Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins about transportation policy and funding at the state and local level.
Aaronson on a new front in the war over abortion, Aguilar on narco cinema, Batheja on budget riders, Galbraith and Henry of StateImpact Texas on fracking and wastewater wells, Grissom on the Norwood verdict, Hamilton on the Texas Senate vs. the UT regents, Murphy and Galbraith update their app tracking Texas reservoir levels, Ramsey on the battle of St. Augustine, Ramshaw on bipartisan support for transparency, Rocha on a state lawmaker's arrest, my sit-down with the UT and A&M system chancellors and M. Smith on the passage of sweeping education legislation: The best of our best content from March 25-29, 2013.
At this morning's TribLive conversation, University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp talked about the per-student decline in state funding of higher education and whether excellence is achievable on a lean budget.