Evan Smith

Co-founder, The Texas Tribune, and Senior Advisor, Emerson Collective

Smith was chair of the keynote presentation by Meredith Kopit Levien at the 25th ISOJ. Watch the presentation here. Smith also moderated the panel “The media and election season: Are we gonna get it right this time?” at the 25th ISOJ. Watch that presentation here.


Evan SmithEvan Smith is a senior advisor at Emerson Collective, working closely with journalists and funders around the country to support the local news ecosystem. He’s also an assistant professor of practice at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses on the politics of the election season and media and democracy. He previously spent more than thirteen years at The Texas Tribune, which he co-founded and led as CEO, and nearly eighteen years at Texas Monthly, including nine years as editor in chief and a year as president. Evan is the host of “Overheard with Evan Smith,” a weekly half-hour interview program that airs on PBS stations. He currently serves on the boards of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, the Austin Film Society, and the LBJ Foundation. A native of New York, he’s a graduate of Hamilton College, which awarded him an honorary degree in 2023, and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, which inducted him into its Hall of Achievement in 2006.