Tripepi Smith Launches PublicCEO Report Podcast

Tripepi Smith, through its recently-acquired local government news site, PublicCEO, is launching a new way to bring the local government community together in California: the PublicCEO Report. The Report is a video and podcast series for local gov nerds, featuring Ryder Todd Smith, PublicCEO owner and Tripepi Smith president, as the host.

“Running PublicCEO has really shown me how hungry the local government community is for a single stop for ideas and news about government and communities in California,” Ryder commented. “The response we have seen to our acquisition of PublicCEO and the increased traffic has inspired our team to do more. Just like our work with more than 60 public agencies, the PublicCEO daily newsletter, gives our team a bird’s-eye view of ideas, events and trends brewing at the local level. From this vantage point, I hope to share new ideas and thoughts with our PublicCEO audience.”

In the series, Ryder will connect with thought leaders, innovators and policy wonks to talk about the latest developments in government. From policy and current events to personal stories and lessons learned, the long-form interviews will introduce listeners to a range of personalities in the fied.

Tripepi Smith Business Analyst Skylar Hunter is the video engineer behind the PublicCEO Report, collaborating with designs from Tripepi Smith Art Director Kevin Bostwick on the series’ digital infrastructure. Skylar is supported by fellow Tripepi Smith Business Analyst Saara Lampwalla, who produces the show, and PublicCEO Editor and Tripepi Smith Junior Business Analyst Alexandra Applegate, who helps manage the project and creates PublicCEO’s daily newsletter.

“Video and podcasts became an obvious medium for PublicCEO to branch into because of how effectively they share information,” Alexandra commented. “It’s a medium that fits naturally into PublicCEO and Tripepi Smith’s culture of sharing knowledge. The Report is also unscripted, which makes the conversations flow as naturally as they would with a peer or pal at dinner or in between sessions at a conference.”

The first Report launches today, November 11, and introduces listeners to Ken Pulskamp, former city manager and current executive director of the California City Management Foundation. Ryder and Ken discuss the challenges facing city managers, old and new.

Future PublicCEO Reports will feature mayors and council members, founders of businesses that are partners to municipalities, public policy experts, leadership of local government associations and more. Visit PublicCEO’s website to watch and subscribe to PublicCEO’s newsletter to be the first to know when new episodes drop.

Keeping our guests and team safe and healthy is paramount, which is why, for the time being, Reports are solely being recorded online.

If you would like to share your ideas in a future episode of the PCEO Report, please email our team at