Evan Smith

Evan Smith is the CEO and editor in chief of the Texas Tribune. Previously he spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, stepping down in August 2009 as the magazine’s president and editor in chief. He previously served as editor for more than eight years—only the third person to hold that title. On his watch, Texas Monthly was nominated for 16 National Magazine Awards, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, and twice was awarded the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. For eight years, he hosted the Lone Star Emmy Award-winning weekly interview program Texas Monthly Talks, which aired on PBS stations statewide. He currently hosts Overheard With Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally. A New York native, he has a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Hamilton College and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.


Tex Rated

summary: What’s the best hotel in Texas? (Hint: It’s not the Mansion on Turtle Creek).

’Saw Loser

Why a great horror movie starring Matthew McConaughey and Renée Zellweger could get buried.

Not Much Left

The Texas Observer could be on its last legs (again).

Ghost Story

If you’re a celebrity who wants to pen a book, who you gonna call? Ghostwriters.


That’s what Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall got on their recent trip to West Texas. West Texas retailers got it too.

Affair of State

A Dallas lawyer’s roman à Clinton.

The Latest Buzz

Why everyone’s dazed and confused about Richard Linklater’s age.

Bush’s Hit Man

The governor’s media guru is accused of spousal abuse.

Burning Bridges

For Robert James Waller, life imitates art—and irritates wife.


A Houston congresswoman’s space case.

We and Mrs. Jones

Paula Jones and Texas.

The D-Files

Signs of intelligent life in Dallas.

Team Player

Red McCombs, still on the sidelines

Anna Nicole Myth

Anna Nicole Smith’s bar mitzvah brouhaha.

Hooray for Hollywood, Texas

The players. The stories. A special report on our booming film business.