Mike Kanin

Mike Kanin is the publisher of the Texas Observer. He has many years of media experience, including a role as the founding publisher of the nonprofit local daily the Austin Monitor.
Press Releases

Wired’s Andrea Valdez Will Be the Texas Observer’s Next Editor

It’s not every day you get to read good news in these pages.

In what amounts to some of the best news you’ll ever read in this spot, the Texas Observer is pleased to announce that Andrea Valdez, the current editor of Wired.com, and the former editor of TexasMonthly.com, will be our next … Read More

Hannah Dreier
News

Texas Observer Announces ProPublica’s Hannah Dreier as the 2019 MOLLY National Journalism Award Winner

Dreier’s work on “Trapped in Gangland” provides a “necessary dose of reality in a conversation dominated by the Trump administration’s fear-mongering,” the judges wrote.

The Texas Observer and the Texas Democracy Foundation will award Hannah Dreier its 2019 MOLLY National Journalism Prize for her work on “Trapped in Gangland.” The award will be presented at a June 6 gala in Austin, when John J. … Read More

Austin City Council meeting, November 21, 2013.
Texas Politics

What’s Left?

For nearly four decades, white liberals have dominated Austin politics. Now the city may finally embrace true progressivism.

For nearly four decades, white liberals have dominated Austin politics. Now the city may finally embrace true progressivism. Read More

Cover Story

It’s All About the Water, Boys

Is Gov. Perry trying to take over the Lower Colorado River Authority?

For the better part of the past eight decades, the Lower Colorado River Authority has played a key role in the massive growth of Central Texas. The organization, known more commonly as the LCRA, is one of 14 public river … Read More

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