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The Interview

Texas Observer Founding Editor Ronnie Dugger Reflects on 65 Years of Publication

To celebrate our 65th birthday, we asked our founding editor about where the Observer has been and what he thinks about its future.

On December, 13, 1954, Ronnie Dugger published the first issue of the Texas Observer. In it, he wrote the newspaper’s founding mission: We will serve no group or party but will hew hard to the truth as we find it … Read More

David Johnson at Life in the Carceral State.
Criminal Justice

Watch: ‘Life and Death in a Carceral State’

At the Observer’s inaugural live storytelling event, formerly incarcerated advocates were among those sharing their experiences with Texas’ criminal justice system.

What is the real impact of the U.S. criminal justice system? Storytellers David Johnson, Mignon Zezqueaux, Maggie Luna, Thomas Bartlett Whitaker (whose essay excerpt was read by the Marshall Project’s Maurice Chammah) and poet Jorge Antonio Renaud explored the issue … Read More

News, The Issue

Texas Observer/Audm Audio Stories

Audio versions of Texas Observer stories, brought to you by Audm. – As physicians leave small towns, rural Texans must travel farther and farther for health care.  When a rural hospital dies, the community around it starts to follow … Read More


The Wall

The Texas Observer has covered the expansion of the Texas-Mexico border wall for more than a decade. As property owners’ rights have been gobbled up, cameras have been planted by federal agents in wildlife refuges and ecological damage inflicted by … Read More

border everywhere

AUDIO: Melissa del Bosque and Rachel Poser on Border Patrol’s Unchecked Mission Creep

Listen to reporter Melissa del Bosque and Harper's editor Rachel Poser discuss del Bosque's groundbreaking feature, “Checkpoint Nation.”

On October 8, the Texas Observer published a powerful look at what’s come to be known as the border zone — a buffer of about 100 miles that runs along any U.S. border — where U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been given … Read More


Election 2018: Races to Watch

The 2018 midterm elections could be among the most competitive in Texas in recent memory. When early voting starts on October 22, Texans will have their first chance to cast a vote for or against President Trump’s administration, for or … Read More


#TXSen: Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke

Beto O’Rourke vs. Ted Cruz All our U.S. Senate race coverage in one place. Beto O’Rourke captivated audiences at town halls and online for more than a year in his bid to unseat the least popular senator in Washington D.C. … Read More