Gus Bova


Gus Bova is a senior staff writer and assistant editor at the Texas Observer. He covers labor, immigration, politics, and other major Texas stories. He has written extensively on topics ranging from the border wall to homelessness. Before coming to the Observer, he worked at a shelter for recently arrived immigrants and asylum-seekers. He studied Latin American Studies at the University of Kansas.

Articles by Gus Bova
From Deadland: A man walks away from the screen, beside cactus, high above the Rio Grande.

Haunting the Border

"Deadland," which premiered at SXSW, is a surreal father-son migration movie that will linger with you.

by Gus Bova

Beto O'Rourke stands at a rally, holding a microphone, with a distant expression. Around him, supporters hold BETO signs aloft. O'Rourke met defeat in the 2022 election despite spending 10s of millions.

Beto’s Lost Year

“I don't know what my role or yours will be going forward,” said the Texas Dems’ political star, after $70 million bought a bracing defeat.

by Gus Bova