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Evan Smith Named President and Editor-in-Chief of TEXAS MONTHLY

2008-07-16 13:15:00

  Veteran editor to succeed outgoing founder and publisher Michael R. Levy

    AUSTIN, Texas, July 16 /EMWNews/ -- Emmis Publishing L.P., a wholly

owned subsidiary of Emmis Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: EMMS), today

announced the appointment of Evan Smith as president and editor-in-chief of

TEXAS MONTHLY. In taking the helm of the magazine, Smith succeeds founder

and publisher Michael R. Levy, who announced in May that he will retire on

August 31. Smith assumes his new duties on September 1.

    "There is no doubt in my mind that Evan is the perfect choice," said

Levy. "He will do a phenomenal job going forward, taking the magazine my

colleagues and I created in 1973 and making it even stronger. The state of

Texas and our phenomenal staff will be well served by Evan's vision and

leadership. The magazine is in great hands."

    "TEXAS MONTHLY has a distinguished history, one that was created and

sustained by Mike Levy," said Gary Thoe, president of Emmis Publishing.

"We're pleased that Evan will now lead into the next era what has become

one of the country's finest publications. He is the ideal steward for TEXAS


    Evan Smith joined the staff of TEXAS MONTHLY as a senior editor in

January 1992. In February 1993, he was promoted to deputy editor and in

July 2000 was promoted to editor. In May 2002, he added the title of

executive vice president of TEXAS MONTHLY. "TEXAS MONTHLY has been my home

for more than 16 years, and in that time it's been an honor to work

alongside our extraordinary staff and for my great friend, Mike Levy," said

Smith. "There's no replacing Mike, but I'll do everything I can to preserve

his legacy and take the magazine he loved so much to new and loftier


    During Smith's tenure as editor, TEXAS MONTHLY has been nominated for

14 National Magazine Awards, the magazine industry's equivalent of the

Pulitzer prize. In April 2003, TEXAS MONTHLY was awarded the National

Magazine Award for General Excellence for the third time in its history.

    A graduate of Hamilton College (Clinton, New York) with a bachelor's

degree in public policy and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern

University (Evanston, Illinois) with a master's degree in journalism, Smith

previously held editorial positions at a number of national magazines,

including The New Republic, where he was deputy editor. Since 2003, he has

hosted TEXAS MONTHLY TALKS, an interview program that airs weekly on all

PBS stations in Texas.

    Emmis Communications - Great Media, Great People, Great Service(R)

    Emmis is an Indianapolis-based diversified media firm with radio

broadcasting and magazine publishing operations. Emmis Publishing includes

TEXAS MONTHLY, Los Angeles Magazine, Orange Coast Magazine, Indianapolis

Monthly, Cincinnati Magazine, Atlanta Magazine and Country Sampler. Emmis

owns 21 FM and two AM domestic radio stations serving the nation's largest

markets of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, as well as St. Louis, Austin,

Indianapolis and Terre Haute, Ind. Emmis' Austin radio properties include

KLBJ-AM, KLBJ-FM, KBPA-FM, KGSR-FM, KROX-FM and KDHT-FM. Emmis also owns a

radio network, international radio stations, an interactive business and

ancillary businesses in broadcast sales.

    Founded in 1973 by Michael R. Levy, TEXAS MONTHLY has a total

circulation of 300,000 and is read by more than 2.4 million people each

month-one out of every eight Texas adults. Emmis Publishing purchased the

magazine from Levy in 1998.

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