Evan Smith

Journalist Evan Smith joins Writing on the Air this week. Evan is the Editor in Chief and CEO of The Texas Tribune, and host of the PBS program, Overheard with Evan Smith.

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Evan Smith

Evan Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization covering  Texas politics and public policy. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, a weekly interview program airing on PBS stations nationally. 

Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, numerous national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association, general excellence awards from the Online News Association, a Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists, and a Knight-Batten award for innovations in journalism.  In addition to texastribune.org, Tribune coverage is found in the Washington Post print and online editions, as well as newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state. 

Evan previously spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including tenures as Editor and as President and Editor-in-Chief. On his watch,  the magazine was two-time winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. For eight years, Evan hosted the Lone Star Emmy Award-winning weekly interview program, Texas Monthly Talks, which aired on PBS stations statewide. He has also held editorial positions at a number of national magazines, including The New Republic, and has written for Newsweek, GQ, and other national magazines.

Evan has held leadership positions on numerous boards including the Texas Book Festival, Austin’s public television station KLRU, the Austin Film Society, and the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas. He is also the founding co-chair of the Texas Film Hall of Fame.

Evan holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He lives in Austin with his family.

For more information, please see The Texas Tribune and Overheard with Evan Smith. You can also keep up with Evan on Twitter at @evanasmith, as well as the Tribune at @texastribune.