Overheard with Evan Smith brings you in-depth interviews with today’s most fascinating public figures. You’ll meet politicians, authors, artists, actors, journalists, businesspeople, & anyone who’s at the center of things. Join us for smart conversations with the country’s most interesting people, always with an eye toward the news and always with a sense of humor.
Evan Smith is the CEO and Editor in Chief of The Texas Tribune. He spent nearly 18 years at TEXAS MONTHLY, stepping down in August 2009 as the magazine’s president and editor in chief. Previously he served as editor for more than eight years—only the third person to hold that title. On his watch, TEXAS MONTHLY was nominated for sixteen National Magazine Awards, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, and twice was awarded the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. A New York native, Smith has a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Hamilton College (Clinton, New York) and a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). He previously held editorial positions at a number of national magazines; most recently at The New Republic, where he was deputy editor. He hosted a weekly interview program, TEXAS MONTHLY TALKS, that has aired on PBS stations all across Texas since 2003, and he is an occasional guest on numerous TV and radio shows. Smith sits on the boards of the Austin Film Society, Trinity Episcopal School, the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and the Headliners Club. He is also the founding co-chair of the Texas Film Hall of Fame. In 2005, in recognition of his contributions to Austin and Texas, Smith was named Austinite of the Year Under 40 by the Young Men’s Business League and Young Women’s Business League. In 2006, he was inducted into the Medill School of Journalism Hall of Achievement.
Allison Sandza is public affairs producer at KLRU-TV as well as series producer for Overheard with Evan Smith. Prior to joining Overheard, Sandza was political producer at YNN in Austin, producing “Capital Tonight,” a weekly live show dedicated to Texas politics. While in that role, YNN was nominated for a Lone Star Emmy for its coverage of the Texas primary election. “Capital Tonight” was also awarded best newscast in Austin from the Texas Associated Press during Sandza’s tenure. A native of Washington, DC, she worked in the newsroom of CNN’s Washington Bureau as well in the documentary unit prior to moving to Austin. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Colorado and will begin working towards a Masters Degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in the Fall of 2013.