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:

July 2016 issue culture
Best of 2016

The 10 Best Observer Stories of 2016: ‘Isn’t It Iconic?’

The price tag on a new public sculpture in San Antonio renews a 20-year debate over whether a city program creates art — or just controversy.

Editor’s Note: Robyn Ross’ story on “Liquid Crystal,” a San Antonio art installation that has been called both a bold, progressive sculpture and a “$1 million cheese grater,” goes beyond the immediate controversy to ask hard questions about what public … Read More

Border

Introducing ‘I Have a Name/Yo Tengo Nombre’

‘I Have a Name’ is an online visual database to help identify migrants who died crossing the Texas-Mexico border.

Today, the Texas Observer is launching a project a year in the making. “I Have a Name/Yo Tengo Nombre” is an unusual undertaking for the Observer: Most of the time our job is simply to tell stories, expose injustice and … Read More

Politics

The Trump Tally

Here’s where Texas’ top elected officials stand on the 2016 presidential race. (Hint: it’s mostly with Donald Trump.)

Here’s where Texas’ top elected officials stand on the 2016 presidential race. (Hint: it’s mostly with Donald Trump.) In a few weeks, American voters may very well elect Donald J. Trump as president of the United States. Trump will almost … Read More

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

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

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