Evan Smith CEO

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.

Recent Contributions

Video: The Medical Privacy Paradox

At our 12/9 symposium on cybersecurity and privacy, Edgar Walters talked about the risks and rewards of digitally accessible medical information with Suzanne Barber, director of the Center for Identity at the University of Texas at Austin; Nora Belcher, executive director for Texas E-Health Alliance; Deborah Peel, founder and chair of Patient Privacy Rights; and Sheila Stine, chief privacy officer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Video: The Cybersecurity of Texas Cities

At our 12/9 symposium on cybersecurity and privacy, Gregory White of the University of Texas at San Antonio talked about the cybersecurity of Texas cities with  Chris Cook, a director of the Cyber Texas Foundation; Mary Dickerson, chief information security officer for the University of Houston; David LaPlante, chief information security officer for the City of Houston; and Hugh Miller, chief technology officer for the City of San Antonio.

Video: Higher Ed Access, Affordability and Diversity

At our 11/16 symposium on higher education, Matthew Watkins talked about higher ed access, affordability and diversity with Lisa Fielder, CEO of College Forward; Cynthia Teniente-Matson, president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio; Shirley Reed, president of South Texas College; and University of Texas System Regent Sara Martinez Tucker.


Video: Cracking the Higher Ed Completion Code

At our 11/16 symposium on higher education, I talked about the challenge of increasing higher ed outcomes with Chancellor Brian McCall of the Texas State University System; Elaine Mendoza, vice chair of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents; former University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers; and Wynn Rosser, CEO of the Greater Texas Foundation.


Video: A Conversation with Ken Starr

At our 11/16 higher education symposium, I talked to Ken Starr, the president and chancellor of Baylor University, about demographic change, campus carry, free speech, the intersection of a traditional culture with the modern world, and, of course, football.

Video: Higher Ed Exceptionalism

At our 11/16 symposium on higher education, I talked about the pursuit of excellence with Southwestern University President Edward Burger; Paul Foster, the chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents; Woody Hunt, chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and University of Texas at El Paso President Diana Natalicio.