About us

Meet the founding cast

David Judson

Editor

David Judson is the editor of Urbānitus – Austin’s Global Voice. Before joining this media start-up, he was the editor-in-chief of Stratfor, the Austin-based geopolitical forecasting firm. He spent nine years with Turkey’s largest media company where he was the editor-in-chief of the Hürriyet Daily News. Before his international work, Judson covered Congress, the White House and politics for Gannett Newspapers/USA Today in Washington, D.C.

Jeremi Suri

Professor

Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs, a joint appointment of the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of History and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He is the author and editor of nine books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. His most recent book is "The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office."

Bryan Jones

Entrepreneur

Bryan Jones is an engineer, lawyer, technology entrepreneur and a lecturer at the University of Texas School of Law. His activism to strengthen democracy includes his chairmanship of Stand Up Republic, a non-profit organization advocating government accountability. He is the founder the technology policy publisher Protego Press and the Chief Operating Officer of Austin-based ShipStation, a technology shipping platform. Jones was a 21-time All-American swimmer.

Barry Kahn

Physicist, Entrepreneur

Barry Kahn is CEO and founder of Qcue, an Austin-based software firm and leader in the ticketing industry. A physicist, economist and recognized thought leader in the ticketing industry, he provides guidance to professional sports teams, concert promoters and venue managers. His commentary has appeared in The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Sports Illustrated, The Economist, CNBC and elsewhere.

Paul Huggins

Attorney

Paul Huggins is a partner in the Austin law firm of Huggins Reddien, focused broadly on technology. He represents companies in commercial transactions, with particular emphasis on intellectual property licensing and technology-based transactions, services agreements, and procurement and supply arrangements. He counsels clients in a range of industries, including software, hardware, life sciences, semiconductors, Internet, ecommerce, solar, telecommunications, and electric vehicles.

Natalie (Talia) Jomini Stroud

Professor

Natalie (Talia) Jomini Stroud is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies and the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the founder of the university’s Center for Media Engagement which seeks to build a more connective democracy uniting newsrooms and readers in new ways. Her most recent book, “Niche News: The Politics of News Choice,” explores partisanship in news preferences.