About Us

Five days a week, we bring you the news from Austin City Hall, Travis County Commissioners Court, and multiple other civic entities that make key decisions for central Texas. We stick to the facts. We aim to be fair. When we err, we correct it fast.

Our Team

Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Pagano has been writing for the Austin Monitor since late 2010, after narrowly avoiding a fate as a librarian. You can email her at editor@austinmonitor.com She also grouses on Twitter, sometimes @lizpagano

CEO Joel Gross is a devoted social impact leader bringing over a decade of experience in government, startups, and non-profits.  He began his career serving as one of the youngest press secretaries in the United States Senate.  Following his time on Capitol Hill, Joel taught English to local students in Costa Rica and then was recruited to create and lead a new program department for a young healthcare startup in Austin.  Joel is passionate about creating enduring social impact and has held multiple non-profit senior leadership positions where he designed and led impact portfolios in the education and health space.  He views the rapid and dramatic changes in the news and information landscape as one of the most important social challenges of our time.  You can get in contact with him by emailing publisher@austinmonitor.com.
Jo Clifton joined the In Fact staff in November of 1998 when the publication was still a weekly. She became editor and publisher in mid-2000 and continued in that position until 2010, when The Statesman Co. purchased In Fact Daily, and in the months immediately following its sale to the Capital of Texas Media Foundation. She is currently the Political Editor. Over the past 30 years, she has worked as a reporter, lawyer and judge. She has worked for the El Paso Times, the Austin American-Statesman and the Texas Observer, among others. You can email her at jo.clifton@austinmonitor.com

Jessi Devenyns grew up in Austin and now reports on all things local but especially loves to talk about the environment and the people who make this town tick. She’s been doing it for the Austin Monitor since the summer of 2017. She holds a degree from the University of Texas and found her way into journalism after spending a stint translating marketing copy and neighborhood emails in Germany. When she’s not reporting for the Austin Monitor, Jessi bakes bread and suffers through French novels. She can be reached via email at jmdeven@gmail.com or on Twitter @jdevenyns4.

Ryan Thornton reports on City Hall and transportation for the Austin Monitor. He holds liberal arts degrees from the University of Texas and Texas State University. He returned to Austin in Summer 2018 after a season cheese-fueled travel and teaching in France. Reach him by email at ryandthornton@me.com

Chad Swiatecki is a 20-year journalist who relocated to Austin from his home state of Michigan in 2008. He most enjoys covering the intersection of arts, business and local/state politics. He has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Daily News, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman and many other regional and national outlets. Send tips to cswiatecki@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @TheeChad.

Audrey McGlinchy is KUT’s City Hall reporter, where she has made radio about seniors on tricycles and regularly translates City Council decisions for Austin listeners. She holds degrees from Wesleyan University and the City University of New York. A former Brooklyn nanny and erstwhile English teacher in Thailand, Audrey loves to dance, read and loaf. She can be reached via email at audrey@kut.org or on Twitter @AKMcGlinchy.

The Board of Directors:

The Austin Monitor is owned by the Capital of Texas Media Foundation. The Foundation was founded in mid-2013 as a Texas non-profit. It received formal 501(c)3 status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in January 2015.

Megan Woodburn
Nathan Ryan
AJ Bingham
Julie Jumonville
Ali Khataw
Shon Bayer
Shana McGirl
Tori Moreland
Darren Griffin
Dan Graham
Alex Schoenbaum
Lyndon Olson
Grace Renbarger
Dan Austin
Frank Enriquez
Andy Brown
Tyson Tuttle
Jay Fox
Ellen Troxclair
Irfan Syed
Ashley Amini
Cory Older
Ellen Curtis
Arun Prakash
Albert Swantner

Code of Ethics

At the Austin Monitor, we believe in the kind of day-in, day-out, locally focused coverage that keeps our readers civically engaged and gives them the tools to advocate for good governance and take part in a conversation about public policy in Austin.

Our reporters work to present fair, knowledgeable coverage that cynics assume is a thing of the past. As a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, we try to bring our readers the stories that other outlets might pass over — nitty-gritty, fact-heavy, and sometimes dense — because, above all else, we trust that they’ll be able to make up their own minds about the news of the day… We, of course, strive to report the news accurately, and when errors happen, aim to correct them as quickly and transparently as possible.

Reporters who have a vested personal or financial interest in a topic do not report on that topic, and on the occasion that there is a situation that could be perceived as a conflict of interest, it will be disclosed. Our reporters do not accept meaningful gifts from any entity that could have an interest in our coverage. (In other words: We get a lot of free pens and notebooks.) Reporters also refrain from participating in political activity around the topics that we cover, such as campaigning or petitioning.

As a nonprofit organization, our publisher solicits donations and sponsorships as part of the course of their duties. Editorial employees have no specific knowledge of these efforts, and, indeed, CoTMF donors, board members, and operations staff are prohibited by policy from contacting editorial employees about how or what stories should be written. We disclose all organization donors, no matter the size of their contributions. We post a link to a list of all contributors at the bottom of each story along with a disclosure statement.

We do not discriminate about sources of support. We feel that everyone in our community should have the ability to be involved in our work. Though we are not always successful, we strive to include a healthy cross-section of supporters.

At the Monitor, we don’t just stick to stories. We take our coverage directly to the community via regular events. These events often come with sponsors, who are also subject to the same editorial separation rules as all other Monitor/CoTMF sponsors and donors.

Our Mission: To consistently and accurately report the daily news that impacts the lives of all Austinites. To give our readers the tools and knowledge to become informed, engaged citizens to advocate for the things they care about most.

Our Funding: As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we rely on a combination of subscribing memberships, donations, sponsorships, and community partnerships to carry out our mission. A list of donors can be found here.

Operations oversight belongs to our Board of Directors, and more information about the membership of the board can be found above.

Though we rely on (and appreciate!) support from our donors, partners, sponsors, and board members, our supporters do not influence our coverage in any way. We’ve drawn a thick line between our funders and board and our editorial operations, and though we work toward the same mission, we do so separately, in a very intentional way.

Content Sharing: If you or your organization are interested in sharing our content, please contact our publisher at publisher@austinmonitor.com.

Freelancers and Interns: At the moment, we rely entirely on freelance reporters to bring you the news, and if you’d like to join our ranks as a freelancer or learn how to join our type of ranks as an intern, reach out to our editor, Liz Pagano, at editor@austinmonitor.com.

Here are our IRS 990 filings for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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