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Texas Tribune co-founder Evan Smith stepping down as CEO

Evan Smith is stepping down as CEO of The Texas Tribune. (Bob Daemmrich)

The Texas Tribune will be on the search for a new CEO as leader behind the nonprofit news organization, Evan Smith, says he is completing his last year in the position.

Smith, 55, said, "it's time," in an online announcement on Wednesday morning. He said he will step down no later than Dec. 31 and will act as a senior adviser to his replacement through the end of 2023, per the organization's board's request.

"I’ll always think back on these 13 years as the absolute high point in my career," he wrote.

A New York native, Smith has been working in Texas journalism for 30 years. He started at Texas Monthly in 1991, becoming the magazine's top editor. He left to start The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit digital news source focused on Texas politics, policy and social issues, in 2009 with venture capitalist John Thornton and journalist Ross Ramsey.

In his announcement, he states he has "founder's disease," where he's stuck in the way they've always done things and isn't keeping up with the march of change. "I may have built this thing, but I can’t and shouldn’t be an obstacle to the rebuilding of this thing. Nor should I be an obstacle to the new generation, a generation more representative of the Texas of today, getting a chance to lead," Smith said.

Smith said he doesn't know what's next for him as of yet but there will indeed be a next for him.

The Texas Tribune has gone through multiple changes in recent years as two higherups, Emily Ramshaw and Amanda Zamora, left to start women-focused politics site The 19th* in 2019 and two other leaders Stacy-Marie Ishmael and Millie Tran left due to feelings of burnout last year.


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway