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Trent Seibert
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 ReavesGayle Reaves
Contributing Editor

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.

Chris Marrou

Chris is the former news anchor for KENS 5-TV in San Antonio. He commanded the anchor chair from 1973 to 2009. He consistently was lauded by the Associated Press for best news-writing awards and was a viewer favorite. He was inducted into the Texas Emmy Silver Circle in 2010. Chris also has a law degree from St. Mary’s University and passed the Texas bar exam in November 2007.

Jon Cassidy

Jon Cassidy is a reporter for The Texas Monitor and a contributing editor for The American Spectator. He has been an investigative reporter for Watchdog.org and an editor and reporter for The Orange County Register. His work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, City Journal, The Federalist, Fox News, Chronicles, Reason, and other publications. He was a 2014 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow, and is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He and his wife Michelle live just outside Houston with their two children.

Johnny Kampis

Johnny Kampis is a reporter for The Texas Monitor. Kampis formerly served a similar role at Watchdog.org. Over the course of his nearly 20 years in journalism, he has been published in such outlets as the New York Times, Time, Fox News, and Daily Caller.

Mark Lisheron

Mark Lisheron has more than 30 years of experience in newspapers and was most recently the managing editor for Reason.com. He also served as deputy editor, national reporter and Austin bureau chief for Watchdog.org. He was the founding Austin bureau chief for the bureau’s predecessor, Texas Watchdog, winning the First Amendment Award from the Society of Professional Journalists in Texas.

Steve Miller

Steve is a long-time journalist, who has previously worked at the Dallas Morning News and the Washington Times, as well as Texas Watchdog. His work has appeared in the Houston Press, the Dallas Observer, High Times Magazine, and the Fort Worth Weekly. He also travels the country writing true crime books. His writing has won awards in national, regional and state contests.