DaLyah Jones

DaLyah Jones is a staff writer for Texas Observer covering environment. She’s a former general assignment reporter and All Things Considered producer for Austin’s NPR Station, KUT 90.5, where she focused on rural and suburban stories outside of the Capital’s urban core.

By DaLyah Jones:


Rapper TTBBY on How Growing Up in East Texas Shaped His Music

Tobias Traylor has overcome poverty, hurricanes, displacement, and mental health challenges, experiences reflected in his music.

Hailing from the north side of Beaumont—known to locals as Big Money Texas—26-year-old Tobias Traylor wants to make sure the world knows him as someone “real,” authentic. But in the Magnolia neighborhood, the Army veteran is still known as the … Read More


Upset: Incumbent Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton Ousted by Newcomer

A South Texas businessman and political newcomer, Wright has criticized commissioners for accepting donations from the same industry they regulate.

In a startling upset, first-time candidate Jim Wright defeated incumbent Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton in last night’s Republican primary. Sitton conceded via tweet to Wright (not to be confused with the former U.S. House speaker with the same name … Read More


Five Times the Effects of Climate Change Loomed Over Texas in 2019

From sweltering droughts to a toxic algae bloom spreading in Texas waterways, the Observer takes a look back at the direct and indirect impacts of the climate crisis in Texas.

In 2019, the climate crisis captured the nation’s attention in a notable and urgent way. Perhaps it was a reaction to the Trump administration rolling back numerous environmental protections, or Greta Thunberg’s electrifying speech at the U.N., or climate change … Read More