NCJW Austin Hosts Evening with Evan Smith

NCJW Austin Hosts Evening with Evan Smith

By Michele Schwartz

On Thursday, May 17, National Council of Jewish Women will celebrate its 30th year in Austin with an event featuring Evan Smith, CEO and co-founder of the Texas Tribune and host of Overheard.    

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Smith will share stories about some of the outstanding guests he has been privileged to interview and will preview some of the issues coming up closer to the 2018 midterm election cycle.   Past NCJW presidents and section founders will also be recognized as a part of the event. 

The Texas Tribune covers a full range of topics including education, health care, immigration, criminal justice, energy, poverty, the environment and major candidates and campaigns for office. As the host of Overheard, Smith has interviewed more than 200 guests including journalists, politicians, historians, authors and entertainers. The Texas Tribune, a pioneering nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization with deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy on its website, texastribune.org, in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state, and in the print and online editions of the Washington Post.

Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, thirteen national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and three general excellence awards from the Online News Association. 

Smith is also the host of “Overheard with Evan Smith,” a weekly half-hour interview program that airs on PBS stations around the country. Previously he spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as the magazine's editor and a year as its president and editor in chief.

“NCJW holds positions on many of the subjects the Texas Tribune covers. Evan will be able to help attendees gain a fuller understanding of these issues, particularly as we head into one of the more important midterm elections in recent memory,” said Eileen Ladd, event chair.  

Since its auspicious beginning in 1988 the Austin section of NCJW Austin has grown to a membership of almost 300 and consistently advances the mission of turning progressive ideas into action. Local programs include advocacy visits to state and national office holders, testifying to government bodies and informative programs for the community on vital current issues.   

NCJW tzedakah initiatives over the years have included settling refugee families in Austin, and collections for the Austin Diaper Bank, the Veterans Affairs women’s clinic and the Women’s Storybook Project of Texas, among others.  

The May 17 event will be held at 7 p.m. at Congregation Agudas Achim on the Dell Campus.  

Tickets to the Evening with Evan Smith start at $36 and sponsorship opportunities begin at $100. All funds raised for the evening go to support the programs of NCJW and the local Austin section. Tickets are available online at www.NCJWAustin.org.

For more information contact Event Chair, Eileen Ladd at egl629@gmail.com. 

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