The press release for Texas Watchdog's new project.
he official presser for my new project:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2017
Contact: Trent Seibert / 832-258-6119
Award-winning reporters launch investigative media outlet to cover public integrity in state and local government
The Texas Monitor to report on Texas lawmakers, government officials through digital enterprise journalism
HOUSTON – A small team of award-winning investigative journalists announced today the launch of The Texas Monitor, an independent, non-profit, digital-journalism outlet that will cover public integrity in state and local government.
“Deep-dive, investigative and enterprise journalism is more necessary than ever,” said editor and founder of The Texas Monitor Trent Seibert. “While many news teams still provide superior investigative reporting, newspapers and television news teams have in too many cases cut back on investigating government and chipped away at the critical public service they once delivered. We launched The Texas Monitor to investigate reports about improper actions of our government officials, and to expose breaches of the public trust.”
The Texas Monitor will also highlight the solid, investigative work that is being produced throughout the state.
Seibert most recently served as the investigative producer for Houston’s KTRK-TV ABC-13. He was also the editor and founder of Texas Watchdog.
In addition to its online news articles, The Texas Monitor will deliver investigative, nonpartisan digital journalism through video and radio reports.
Veteran newsman, Chris Marrou, who commanded the anchor chair of San Antonio’s KENS 5-TV for over three decades will serve as anchor for The Texas Monitor News Desk.
“With so many readers now getting their news through social media, we’ll be meeting them there with broadcast reports they aren’t getting anywhere else,” Marrou said. “Few people know what’s happening at their statehouse or their city hall — Texas Monitor will fill that void and provide information that politicians don’t always want you to know.”
To learn more about The Texas Monitor, visit texasmonitor.org.
About The Texas Monitor Team:
Trent Seibert, Editor and founder of The Texas Monitor
Trent is an award-winning editor and reporter who previously worked at The Denver Post, The (Nashville) Tennessean, and the San Diego Union-Tribune. Most recently, he was the investigative producer for Houston’s KTRK-TV ABC-13. He was also the editor and founder of Texas Watchdog, a groundbreaking news group that paved the way for this project. Trent is a teacher of journalism skills, and has shown hundreds of reporters and citizen-journalists how to use public records, databases and journalism tools to keep a watchful eye on their own local government.
Steve Miller, Reporter
Steve is a long-time journalist who previously worked at the Dallas Morning News and the Washington Times, as well as Texas Watchdog. His work has also appeared in the Houston Press, the Dallas Observer, High Times Magazine, and the Fort Worth Weekly. He travels the country writing true crime books. His writing has won awards in national, regional and state contests.
Chris Marrou, Anchor
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.