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Privatized Water Suppliers… What Could Go Wrong?

  The Texas Observer seeks a web editor In January of 2010, The Texas Observer experienced an exciting transformation with the redesign of both […]

Crazy Hearts

It was October 2008, a few weeks before that epic and tearful night when a non-white man finally got elected president of the United […]

Aiding Wounded Warriors

On a recent July morning, Chuck Luther got a call from a soldier serving in northern Iraq. The staff sergeant on the line was […]

In Juarez the Prison Inmates Run the Asylum

Video from El Paso Times On Monday, there was a riot in the Cereso state prison in Juarez and 17 people were killed. The […]


Marfa “This picture is from one of my projects entitled ‘My Texas.’ This undertaking is an intimate exploration 
of the raw and subtle aspects […]

Office of the Prophet

Observer Wins Casey Medal

This morning we received great news—the Observer has won a 2011 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for Melissa del Bosque’s story “Children of the Exodus“. […]

Big Hand Fred and His Kodak Ektralite

Over the next few months we’ll be publishing the four finalists from our first annual short story competition (Read the winning entry here). First […]

On the Auction Block: A Private Prison in Littlefield

Any small town considering building a private prison to generate more jobs for their community should first consider the economic fiasco that has befallen […]

Observer Takes Home Six Altweekly Awards

Well la-dee-da! This weekend, we won six awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, including two for first place. Our very own executive editor, […]