Welcome to “Read State,” a recurring TM Daily Post feature in which we ask noteworthy Texans—from writers and singers to athletes and politicians—what they’re reading. Today we bring you the reading habits of Evan Smith, CEO and editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune and former editor of TEXAS MONTHLY .
At SXSW? Evan is hosting a panel with New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson on the future of the Times at 11 a.m. Monday.
The first thing I do in the morning—before running, before waking the kids, before performing any of the usual ablutions—is check Twitter, which, of course, is the AP Wire of the 21st Century. I usually sleep about five hours, and in that time an amazing amount of stuff has invariably happened in politics nerdland. The best way to get caught up is to press my iPhone close to my sleepy eyes and scroll through my carefully curated feed (including @daveweigel, @ryanlizza, @buzzfeedben, @ewerickson, @jmartpolitico, @maggiepolitico, @jdickerson, @joshuagreen, @jstrevino, @jpodhoretz … I could go on). I’m a regular reader of the Politico suite of morning newsletters, so Mike Allen’s Playbook and James Hohmann’s Morning Score are usually next up. Before he had the audacity to have children, Austin American-Statesman reporter Jason Embry’s First Reading was, well, not my first reading but definitely in my top five. The Brief, by David Muto of the Trib,