Editor and Founder of The Texas Monitor
NOTE: Texas Monitor editor and founder Trent Seibert died in August 2018 at his Houston home. You can read his obituary here.
Trent was an award-winning editor and reporter, who has previously worked The Denver Post, The (Nashville) Tennessean, and the San Diego Union-Tribune and as the investigative producer for Houston’s KTRK-TV ABC-13. He was also the editor and founder of Texas Watchdog, a ground-breaking news group that paved the way for this project. As a teacher of journalism skills, he showed hundreds of reporters and citizen-journalists how to use public records, databases and journalism tools to keep a watchful eye on their own local governments.
Gayle is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from all over the world. A former state capitol bureau chief, the Texas native has worked for major papers such as The Dallas Morning News and small ones like Fort Worth Weekly, which she edited for 14 years. Her honors include a George Polk Award for courageous regional coverage and the James Madison Award from the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, for helping protect the public’s right to know. Her freelance work has appeared in Texas Observer, D Magazine and elsewhere. She has taught journalism at the University of North Texas and for the last several years edited the annual Best American Newspaper Narratives anthology (UNT Press). She lives in Fort Worth and also writes poetry, including a chapbook,Spectral Analysis.