Ronnie Dugger

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Ronnie Dugger was the founding editor of the Observer in 1954 and was its publisher until 1994. He has written biographies of Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan, books about Hiroshima and universities, and countless articles in The Nation, The New Yorker, Harper’s, Atlantic, The New York Times, The Progressive, The Washington Post and other publications. Home again, living and writing in Austin, he received the George Polk career award in journalism in 2012.

By Ronnie Dugger:

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Economy

The Next 60: Agenda for a New Texas

“I have never heard of or seen in my 80 years watching Texas a more empathy-dead, society-wide INJUSTICE than the refusal of...tens of billions in Medicaid money.”

An idea can change society, and being the people, we have lots of ideas. Let’s look, too, for more good, young new leaders and also some not so young. Read More

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Human Rights

Lawrence Goodwyn, A Man of Words and Ideals

Remembering Larry Goodwyn—reporter, historian and champion for civil rights and populism.

Lawrence Goodwyn, the controversial author and important editor and writer for The Texas Observer, died at 85 of long-suffered emphysema on Sept. 29. Read More

Cover Story

From the Archives: A Tribute to Bernard Rapoport

Originally published in the Observer on March 13, 1981.  HOUSTON—Journalists, like politicians, are vested with the duty to serve the public interest and have conflicts of interest they should divulge. There is no way the Observer could cover the tribute … Read More

Culture

Sustainability

BID NOW! AUCTIONS CLOSE TOMORROW ONLINE AUCTION HELP THE TEXAS OBSERVER AND OWN THESE ONE-OF-A-KIND TREASURES JIM HIGHTOWER’S CARBID ON EBAY    BIDDING STARTED AT $3,000BUY NOW FOR $10,000Bidding ends at 1:26 CST, Friday, Sept. 9 Texas Observer former editor … Read More

Arts & Minds

Tangling with Frank Erwin

By Ronnie Dugger

This is a continuation of Dugger’s piece “The Business of Education,” a review of Kenneth Ashworth’s Horns of A Dilemma. The book chronicles Ashworth’s relationship with the powerful chair of the UT Board of Regents, Frank Erwin, who reigned from … Read More

Books

The Business of Education

In the early 1970s, Frank Erwin dominated higher education in the public University of Texas System of colleges and universities. He was a key player for Gov. John Connally and a drinking buddy of state senators, corporate executives and President … Read More

Archives

LBJ, The Texas Observer & Me

The confrontation between Lyndon Johnson on one side and The Texas Observer and me on the other arrived on its own terms at his ranch in the Hill Country in 1955. He was the senior United States senator from Texas … Read More

Articles
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