Evan Smith, Texas Tribune

Evan Smith

Texas Tribune

Austin, TX, United States

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Past articles by Evan:

T-Squared: Before I go, one final pitch to support The

It’s been fun. It’s been real. It’s been a calling more than a job. And it’s been an honor — the honor of my lifetime. → Read More

T-Squared: 2022 will be my last year as The Texas Tribune’s CEO

I feel luckier each day to have had the chance to launch and lead this amazing org. I believe in public interest journalism more than ever. But it’s time to hand off the reins. → Read More

Point of Order: George P. Bush supports Donald Trump in 2024, teases primary challenge to Ken Paxton

In the latest episode of our podcast about the Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks to Land Commissioner George P. Bush about the state of the state and the issues in play as the 2021 session winds down — and about his rumored plans to challenge Ken Paxton in the GOP primary for Texas attorney general. → Read More

Point of Order: Dr. Peter Hotez discusses the state of COVID-19 in Texas

In the latest episode of our podcast about the Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks with Dr. Peter Hotez, a virologist at Baylor College of Medicine, about mask mandates, vaccine availability, reopening schools and businesses, and the trajectory of the pandemic. → Read More

T-Squared: The Texas Tribune Festival is going virtual

With no certain end to the coronavirus pandemic in sight, the show must go online. We're excited! The new on-sale date for #TribFest20 tickets is June 1. → Read More

T-Squared: We've hired Stacy-Marie Ishmael and Millie Tran to lead us in our second decade

These superlative journalists and inspiring role models will be The Texas Tribune's new editorial director and chief product officer, respectively. We’re so lucky to have them on our team. → Read More

T-Squared: Meet our newest board members

We're so pleased to welcome six distinguished new directors to The Texas Tribune's board: an ambassador, an education secretary, a superlative journalist, a tech visionary, an investor with big public media cred and a nonprofit stalwart. → Read More

Point of Order: Texas and the sexes

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to House members Mary Gonzalez, Sarah Davis and Toni Rose about gender, politics and public policy in a state where the population is majority female but elected officials are overwhelmingly male. → Read More

Point of Order: Rural Texas at a crossroads

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Rep. Four Price about the public policy challenges and opportunities in communities that may be losing population but remain critical to our history and heritage. → Read More

Point of Order: The battle over the Texas border

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Rep. Poncho Nevárez, chair of the House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee, about the president’s emergency declaration — and how the Texas Legislature should address the issue of unauthorized immigration. → Read More

Point of Order: How Dan Huberty wants to fix school finance

In our new podcast, Point of Order, Evan Smith asks Dan Huberty, chairman of the House Public Education Committee, what it will take — and what it will cost — for state lawmakers to solve the state's most intractable problem. → Read More

The 5 Best Texas Tribune Events of 2017

From DeRay to Dawnna, here are Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith's favorite conversations of the year. → Read More

T-Squared: Today is The Texas Tribune's 8th birthday. We all have reason to celebrate.

Today we mark our eighth year in business. Happy birthday to us! And to you. Our nonprofit news org has always been for you and about you — so we all have something to be thankful for. → Read More

T-Squared: Texas Tribune Festival tickets on sale now

Could there be a better time to talk politics and policy over three jam-packed days? Register for our seventh-annual ideas conference while the stakes are high but the price is (still) low. → Read More

T-Squared: A small price to pay for truth, transparency and accountability

Why is this spring member drive different from all others? Because there's never been a more important time for The Texas Tribune to produce its public-spirited work — or for you to back it. → Read More

T-Squared: Emily-in-Chief

The consequential and accomplished leader of our newsroom, Emily Ramshaw, will take on an expanded set of responsibilities as well as a new title: editor-in-chief. → Read More

Video: Is the Top 10 Percent Rule Working?

Full video of our 3/31 conversation about the Top 10 Percent Rule with Austin ISD Superintendent Paul Cruz, former UT-Austin President Larry Faulkner, and state Reps. Donna Howard, D-Austin, and John Zerwas, R-Richmond. → Read More

Video: A Conversation with Goldman, Klick and Romero, by Evan Smith

Full video of my 3/29 conversation with three members the Texas House who represent Fort Worth: Republicans Craig Goldman and Stephanie Klick and Democrat Ramon Romero Jr. → Read More

President Obama Speaks at SXSW

BY TEXAS TRIBUNE STAFF | Friday, March 11, 2016 at 2:30 PM South by Southwest gets a visit Friday from President Obama, who will sit down with Texas Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith for a conversation focused on civic engagement in a digital age. We are livestreaming the interview, courtesy of SXSW. → Read More

Video: A Conversation with Sid Miller

Full video of my 3/10 conversation with Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. Topics discussed: the state of ag, the decline in rural population, fee increases, cupcakes and deep fryers, and making America great again. → Read More