Chron's Matt Stiles Lands On His Feet, Next To Texas Monthly's Evan Smith

Matt Stiles, one of several high-profile Chronicle reporters who survived the spring job cuts only to quit the paper, has landed on his feet.

The former City Hall and Austin-bureau reporter will be on the staff of the Texas Tribune, which describes itself as "a non-profit, nonpartisan public media organization whose mission is to promote civic engagement and discourse on the public policy, politics, government, and other matters of statewide interest."

The Tribune has purchased the Texas Weekly, an insider-y newsletter started 25 years ago by longtime capitol reporter Sam Kinch. He sold his share of it in 1998.

Also hired as reporters: Brandi Grissom from the El Paso Times, Elise Hu from Austin's KVUE-TV, Emily Ramshaw from the Dallas Morning News and Abby Rapoport, who was most recently a Texas Monthly intern.

The Tribune is expected to launch this fall, a release says.

Where's the money coming from? Venture capitalist John Thornton is leading the effort.

Based in the Texas capital, the Tribune will publish original news reporting online and host conferences and similar on-the-record, open-to-the-public events

Individual, corporate and foundation philanthropy will provide much of its operating budget; other revenue sources will include content syndication and multi-platform brand extensions.

The CEO of the venture is former Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith, who announced his resignation last week.

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