Megan Kimble

Megan Kimble is executive editor at the Observer and the author of Unprocessed: My City-Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food. Follow her on Twitter @megankimble.

Texas Tech professor Katharine Hayhoe was named a U.N. Champion of the Earth in September for her work communicating the effects of climate change.

How Katharine Hayhoe Stays Hopeful as the Planet Warms

The Texas Tech professor and lead author on the last three National Climate Assessments wants you to talk about how to live in a warming world.

Katharine Hayhoe loves talking to her Uber drivers—it’s one way she practices finding common ground on climate change with just about anyone. A Texas Tech professor and accomplished atmospheric scientist, Hayhoe was the lead author on the last three National … Read More

Row of townhomes in Austin, Texas.

The Fight to Make Austin Affordable

Austin is one of the most segregated and sprawling cities in Texas. A new land development code aims to change that.

On a brisk Saturday morning in November, a group of two dozen cyclists pauses in front of a four-story apartment complex in East Austin. The Terrace at Oak Springs, run by the nonprofit Integral Care, opened in September to provide … Read More

Half of Texas renters already spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing.
Texas Legislature

Rent By Another Name

As rent continues to rise across the state, an increasing number of Texas tenants are also saddled with mandatory fees for everything from doorstep trash collection to cable television.

On July 1, Mario Queroz came home to find a notice on the door of the one-bedroom apartment he shares with his wife in north Dallas. They’d lived at Three Fountains Apartments since 2017, enjoying the amenities offered by the … Read More

An abandoned building in Baltimore.

‘Owned’ Explores the Racist Foundation of Homeownership in America

Giorgio Angelini, the film’s director and a native Houstonian, discusses the movie ahead of a showing in Austin on September 10.

After Giorgio Angelini graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005, he toured the country with his two bands, playing in the same bars and clubs year after year. During his five years on the road, he watched … Read More

Texas Politics

They Persisted

An unprecedented number of first-time female candidates ran for office in Texas in 2018—and lost. Now, many of those women are running again.

These candidates are back in the ring to prove that 2018 wasn’t a singular “year of the woman.” by Megan Kimble September 2, 2019  Early on November 7, 2018, Gina Ortiz Jones drove home after conceding to U.S. Representative … Read More