Distinguished Lecture Series Feb. 19 will feature Texas Tribune co-founder

Acclaimed journalist Evan Smith, CEO and co-founder of the Texas Tribune, will speak at the Kilgore and Longview campuses on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Smith will speak at KC-Longview at 11:30 a.m. in the Longview North Building’s Special Events Room and will speak at 6:30 p.m. the same day in Dodson Auditorium.

The lectures are part of a Distinguished Lecture Series at KC with Smith’s lectures hosted by The Flare, the student newspaper at Kilgore College.

Smith will discuss the importance of the freedom of speech in America and “fake news,” among other topics.

Both lectures are free and open to the public.  There will be audience question-and-answer opportunities during the lecture as well.

Smith co-founded the Texas Tribune, described on its website as “a pioneering nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization whose deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be found at its website, www.texastribune.org, and in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state.”

Since its launch in 2009, the Texas Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, 16 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 nationally.

For more information on the events, contact Rachel Stallard, adviser of The Flare, at 903-983-8194 or rstallard@kilgore.edu.