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 our 11/16 symposium on higher education, Matthew Watkins talked to state Sens. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, and Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo; state Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin; and Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes about how higher ed issues played in the 84th Legislature.
At our 11/16 symposium on higher education, state Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, the chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee, expressed skepticism about the University of Texas System's plans for a new campus in Houston.
On 11/13, I talked about the future of public education policy in Texas with state. Rep. Mary González, D-Clint;Lizzette González Reynolds of the Texas Education Agency; El Paso ISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera; and Eduardo Rodriguez of the Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development.
Seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating our fantastic fifth, but today marks the sixth anniversary of The Texas Tribune's launch — and no one is more amazed and gratified that we’ve made it this far than we are.
At our 10/15 conversation, political commentator Paul Begala, a senior adviser to the pro-Hillary Clinton SuperPAC Priorities USA Action, defended the Democratic presidential candidate on two favorite Republican lines of attack: Benghazi and her emails.