Description:

Texas Watchdog is a news website and training center that scrutinizes the actions of government agencies, bureaucracies and politicians in Texas.

Begun:

2008

Website:http://www.texaswatchdog.org/
Office Location:945 McKinney St., #221 Houston, TX
Structure:

501(c)(3) organization

Founder:

Trent Seibert

Executive Director:

Trent Seibert (executive editor)

Approximate number of full-time staff:

6

Number with prior professional journalism experience:

6

Annual operating budget:

Not available

Annual salaries posted, or accessible via 990 form:

No

Editorial/ethics policy statement:

Yes

Diversity statement:

No

IRS 990 form posted on website:

No

Major donors disclosed:

Yes* (The principal donor since 2008 has been a Chicago-based nonprofit called the Sam Adams Alliance, which doesn’t disclose its sources of funding. The principal source of earned income (fees for training) is from the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, which also doesn’t disclose its sources of funding. According to the National Journal (“Conservative Watchdogs Awake,” by Judy Kosterlitz, 12/12/09, p. 52), both organizations are headed by former state Republican Party officials.). The Greater Houston Community Foundation is also a major donor.

INN Member:

Yes

Awards:

The 2009 Fort Worth Chapter Open Doors Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the 2009 Capitolbeat John Aubuchon Freedom of Information Award and the 2009 Texas Progressive Alliance Gold Star Texan award.

Contact:

news@texaswatchdog.org or 713-980-9777



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