Ronnie Dugger

Ronnie Dugger was the founding editor of the Observer in 1954 and was its publisher until 1994. He has written biographies of Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan, books about Hiroshima and universities, and countless articles in The Nation, The New Yorker, Harper’s, Atlantic, The New York Times, The Progressive, The Washington Post and other publications. Home again, living and writing in Austin, he received the George Polk career award in journalism in 2012.

The Observer’s Founding Editor: ‘Bring the Fight Back’ to Texas Politics

It’s long past time in Texas for straight talk, starting with the blunt facts about the nullity the Texas Democratic Party has become.

Illustration by Adam Maida The presidency of Donald Trump is an emergency for the United States. Now is the time for each ethics-seeking American citizen to fight for democracy in a nonviolent revolution. With the nation now ruled by Trump … Read More


The Next 60: Agenda for a New Texas

“I have never heard of or seen in my 80 years watching Texas a more empathy-dead, society-wide INJUSTICE than the refusal of...tens of billions in Medicaid money.”

An idea can change society, and being the people, we have lots of ideas. Let’s look, too, for more good, young new leaders and also some not so young. Read More

Lawrence Goodwyn at Duke
Human Rights

Lawrence Goodwyn, A Man of Words and Ideals

Remembering Larry Goodwyn—reporter, historian and champion for civil rights and populism.

Lawrence Goodwyn, the controversial author and important editor and writer for The Texas Observer, died at 85 of long-suffered emphysema on Sept. 29. Read More


LBJ, The Texas Observer & Me

The confrontation between Lyndon Johnson on one side and The Texas Observer and me on the other arrived on its own terms at his ranch in the Hill Country in 1955. He was the senior United States senator from Texas … Read More


Aggie and her Killer

Texas, with one-thirteenth of the country’s people, has killed 37 percent of the convicted murderers “executed” in the United States since 1976. As Adam Liptak’s December 26 report in The New York Times made clear, this is not because Texans … Read More