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Portraits of the Pandemic

There are people who lost their jobs, who miss their family, who worry about their kids. These are the stories of ordinary Texans dealing with extraordinary circumstances.

By Texas Observer Staff Illustrations by Lindsay Mound August 31, 2020—Nearly six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 600,000 Texans have been infected. As of late August, more than 12,000 had died. Total cases and deaths more than doubled … Read More

The book tent at the 2015 Texas Book Festival.

An Observer Staff Guide to the 2019 Texas Book Festival

It’s an embarrassment of riches.

The 24th annual Texas Book Festival, happening this Saturday and Sunday in downtown Austin, is expected to draw approximately 50,000 curious readers to hear from nearly 300 authors. Among the most prominent speakers are U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, … Read More

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Live Blog: Texas Midterm Elections 2018

We’re updating readers all Election Day with analysis, results and on-the-ground coverage from reporters throughout Texas. – 12:20 a.m., Texas Berniecrats Lose En Masse —Gus Bova So here’s a list of Bernie Sanders-style Democrats who ran in Texas this year. … Read More


Best of the 2018 Texas Book Festival: An Observer Staff Guide

Six can’t-miss author events hand-picked by our writers.

Best of the 2018 Texas Book Festival: An Observer Staff Guide Six can’t-miss author events hand-picked by our writers. It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Texas bibliophiles, an estimated 50,000 of whom will descend upon the Texas … Read More

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Six Things to Watch in Texas’ 2018 Runoff Election

Tuesday’s runoffs will spotlight intra-party feuds, test whether 2018 is really the year of women and conclude a dispiriting battle for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

Will the DCCC’s chosen few win out? As part of its plan to win back the U.S. House, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has set its sights on a handful of Texas congressional seats, all of which have Democratic … Read More

Press Releases

Announcing the 2018 MOLLY Award Winners

Michael Grabell and Howard Berkes will receive the 2018 MOLLY National Journalism Prize for their “Sold for Parts” at a May 17 gala in Austin.

The Texas Observer and the Texas Democracy Foundation will award Michael Grabell and Howard Berkes its 2018 MOLLY National Journalism Prize for their work on the “Sold for Parts” series. The award will be presented at a May 17 gala … Read More

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2018 Texas Primaries Live Coverage

Scroll down for the most recent update. 6:00 p.m. – Kicking off the night. With an hour until the polls close and early voting totals are released, we’re hunkering down in Austin for a night of election results. We’ll be … Read More

Texas Legislature

What We’re Watching: Primaries 2018

What We’re Watching in the 2018 Texas Primaries With Democratic turnout crushing early voting records in the 15 biggest counties, jam-packed races for seats left open by several retiring Republicans and backlash to Trump fueling progressive victories in other states, … Read More