Forrest Wilder

Forrest Wilder, a native of Wimberley, Texas, is the editor of the Observer. Forrest has appeared on Democracy Now!, The Rachel Maddow Show and numerous NPR stations. His work has been mentioned by The New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, Time magazine and many other state and national publications. Other than filing voluminous open records requests, Forrest enjoys fishing, kayaking, gardening and beer-league softball. He holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.

By Forrest Wilder:

Don't worry Governor Greg, Kevin McAllister was scared, too.

The Things We Feared, 2015

Before we hurtle into 2016, let’s take a look back at everything, and everyone, that terrified us — or was supposed to.

Will the fever subside next year? Highly unlikely. It’s a presidential year, after all, and the clearest pathway to the White House is through the amygdala — light up the lizard brain and the Oval Office may be yours. But before we hurtle into 2016, let’s take a look back at 2015 and the Things We Feared. Read More


Eye on Texas: Texas Politics in Black and White

Heroes, villains and mediocrities, all captured on film.

From grainy, grim photos of early Texas patriarchs (Mirabeau Lamar, José Antonio Navarro) to Ann and Rick and W., Picturing Texas Politics is a thudding compendium of images known and unknown of Texas politicians known and unknown. Read More

Emmy awards — Beyond the Border

Beyond ‘Beyond the Border’

Help us build an online tool to identify migrants who died in South Texas.

Today, we’re launching a crowdfunding campaign with Beacon to build an online tool that we think can help. Working with forensic anthropologists at Baylor University, multimedia editor Jen Reel plans to photograph the personal belongings found with the remains and pair the images with information gleaned from the forensic work to build a browsable and searchable online resource for families. Read More

Previous Texas Observer website

Introducing Our New Website

Recently, I spent a few sentimental minutes — thanks to the Internet Archive’s “Wayback Machine” — browsing the Observer’s website from the late ’90s. George W. Bush was still governor, and people unironically discussed the “The Information Superhighway,” which they … Read More

Columns, Forrest for the Trees

Reintroducing Myself

My commitment is to build on the Observer’s strengths—investigative reporting, fearless truth-telling and sophisticated cultural coverage—while investing more in digital journalism. Read More