What is the current state of journalism, business and national politics from the viewpoint of three distinguished Texas journalists? Join us as we explore the effects of the changing Texas demographic on business, the impact of “fake news” on citizenry and voter information consumption, social media’s influence on journalism and more.
Rick Casey is the host of a weekly news program modestly titled “Texas Week with Rick Casey," which appears on KLRN, the PBS station of San Antonio. The program delves into local and statewide issues through well-researched interviews and commentaries.
Casey served 24 years as a metro columnist successively for the now-defunct San Antonio Light, the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle. He has edited two city magazines in San Antonio.
Casey attended St. Mary’s University, and has left San Antonio several times but can’t seem to stay away. He has lived in nine cities, served as a reporter and editor for the Seattle Times and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post and other publications.
He has won numerous awards, including the Molly, named after the late Molly Ivins, and, twice, the Associated Press Managing Editors Association award as best general columnist in Texas. He is married to Kristen Winget Casey and has two daughters.
Robert “Bob" Rivard is the founder and director of the Rivard Report, a nonprofit local news and information site that informs and connects engaged citizens in San Antonio.
The Rivard Report celebrated its fifth year of publication in February and now has 12 fulltime employees and a growing number of freelance contributors. It also serves as a publishing platform for people in the community to share their stories and commentaries.
Rivard is a longtime, award-winning journalist who served as editor of the San Antonio Express-News from 1997 to 2011, and previously worked for Newsweek magazine as its Central America correspondent covering the region’s civil wars in the 1980s and from 1985-89 as its global chief of correspondents.
He is the author of Trail of Feathers: Searching for Philip True, a nonfiction book that chronicles the disappearance and murder of Express-News reporter Philip True in Mexico’s Sierra Madre, and the long fight to win the conviction of True’s killers.
Rivard is married to Monika Maeckle, a writer, naturalist, and communications consultant. They have two sons, Nicolas, a designer and inner city developer, and Alexander, a history, government, and music teacher at Central Catholic High School.
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Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Texas Tribune
Evan Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization called “one of the nonprofit news sector’s runaway success stories." The Tribune's deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be found at 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. Previously Evan spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as Editor and a year as President and Editor-in-Chief.
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Guido & Companies
Directorships:Consulting Contractors of America Council; ACG National Education Foundation; San Antonio Zoo; The Village of Incarnate Word; Opera San Antonio; NACD Texas TriCities Chapter - San Antonio Advisory Board
Maryanne received her BS in Mathematics and Economics with a minor in Statistical Analysis from the University of Virginia, Magnum Cum Laude. Maryanne began her career with USAA as an Actuarial Analyst. Later Maryanne pursued a career ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY receiving a her ASID Certification in Interior Design and later founded GUIDO INTERIORS INC., specializing in commercial and residential design and renovations for the next 10 years.
In 1993, Maryanne joined GUIDO & COMPANIES to assist with business operations, employee training and development and management. In 2005 Maryanne was appointed CEO and Chairman of the Board of GUIDO & COMPANIES INC. Under Maryanne’s leadership, GUIDO CONSTRUCTION has experienced dynamic growth and positioned themselves in the top tier of South Texas builders. GUIDO has been honored with multiple building and business awards.
Most recently Maryanne was honored with induction into THE CONSULTING CONSTRUCTORS OF AMERICA COUNCIL at the 2015 AGC National Convention. As CEO, Maryanne oversees all GUIDO COMPANIES including: GUIDO CONSTRUCTION COMPANY INC., GUIDO BUILDING MATERIALS and GUIDO MANAGEMENT SERVICES INC. As such, she is accountable for the overall success and profitability of the GUIDO COMPANIES. In addition, Maryanne oversees Client Relations, Business Development, Strategic Planning, Employee and Leadership Development, and Operations.
GUIDO CONSTRUCTION COMPANY INC. is a SCTRCA & Texas HUB, certified Local, Woman Owned Business Enterprise. Maryanne and Tom Guido have four children and three grandsons. They enjoy and participate in many volunteer activities in their community, church and industry. Maryanne spends her leisure time biking, practicing yoga, skiing, reading, cooking, traveling, and drinking great wine!