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.
Dan Bartlett, George W. Bush's communications director and counselor, talks to the Tribune's Evan Smith about whether the former president's loyalists -- and the former president himself? -- are taking sides in the Republican primary for governor.
Another Texan is running for the U.S. Senate -- but in an actual race, not a hypothetical one that depends on dominoes falling, and not in Texas. Austin native Carly Fiorina, the ousted CEO of Hewlett-Packard and a chastened adviser to John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, made formal today her plans to seek the Republican nomination for the California Senate seat now held by Barbara Boxer.
Dan Bartlett, George W. Bush's communications director and counselor, talks with the Tribune's Evan Smith about the intra-party struggle between conservatives and moderates in the Republican party. (To listen to the full thirty-minute interview with Bartlett, see related stories.)
So Houston hair-care king Farouk Shami is in the race, pledging to spend $10 million to win a Democratic primary in which the majority of voters are still undecided. Among the interesting things to watch will be the dynamic between Shami and his rival for the nomination, Kinky Friedman, as the two are well acquainted: Shami was the subject of one of Kinky's fawning TEXAS MONTHLY columns (edited by yours truly) back in 2003 -- the sort of piece in which he would go all gooey over someone he professes to love, like Racehorse Haynes or Jim Nabors.
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Dan Bartlett, George W. Bush's communications director and counselor, talks with the Tribune's Evan Smith about the GOP's missed opportunity to reach out to Latino voters. (To listen to the full thirty-minute interview with Bartlett, see related stories.)
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Former White House Communications Director Dan Bartlett sits down with the Tribune's Evan Smith to talk about Rick vs. Kay, what Texans should think about health care reform and troop levels in Afghanistan, and the GOP's missed opportunity to reach out to Hispanics.
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