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TxO NextGen Program 2021

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News, The Year in Observer Stories

The Observer’s Best Longform Stories of 2020

We rounded up some of our hardest hitting longform stories from this unprecedented year.

This was a year of reckoning. With our health, of course, but also with our obligations to each other. In 2020, a lot of people were forced to fight—for their lives, their homes, their jobs and businesses, for democracy, and … Read More

Books

Announcing the 2020 Insider Prize Winners

The winners were selected by guest judge Justin Torres.

This post is co-published with American Short Fiction. For the last three years, the Austin-based magazine American Short Fiction has sponsored a contest for incarcerated writers in Texas. A group of writers at the Connally Unit, in Kenedy, Texas, came … Read More

News, Press Releases

Announcing the Tenth Annual Texas Observer Short Story Contest

This year's judge is Bryan Washington, author of Lot.

Bryan Washington’s 2016 story “Navigation” tells the story of a taqueria worker who gives Spanish lessons to his wealthy white lover. Throughout the story, the narrator navigates lines of race, class, and queerness in Houston.   Washington’s story was a finalist … Read More

News

All of the Observer’s Coronavirus Coverage

Everything we’ve written about the coronavirus pandemic in Texas.

All of the Texas Observer’s Coronavirus Coverage Here’s everything we’ve written about the coronavirus pandemic. Find our full data tracker here. * Editorial: Texas Wasn’t Prepared for the Statewide Vaccine Rush My elderly parents’ experience getting the COVID-19 vaccine highlights … Read More

Hubbard Middle School food service staff members Sherry Scott and Anita Patel serve lunch to a family in the school's parking lot in Tyler, Texas on Monday, March 16, 2020. While schools are shut down because of the coronavirus, Tyler Independent School District Food Services is providing free curbside meals at designated school campuses from March 16-20. to all Tyler ISD students. (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph via AP)
Health Care

10 Ways to Help Your Fellow Texans Endure the Coronavirus Pandemic

Give to your local food bank, donate blood, or support an emergency housing fund.

As Texans hunker down, learn to keep our 6 feet of “social distance,” and gradually get used to life in quarantine to reduce the spread of COVID-19, many of our neighbors, friends, and loved ones are already struggling.  Hundreds of … Read More

Culture

Seven Austin Workers on How They’re Scrambling After the SXSW Cancellation

Gig workers reported more than $2 million in lost wages after the festival was called off.

Thousands of Austinites depend on South by Southwest for income, and many are still reeling after the event was officially canceled last week due to coronavirus fears. SXSW laid off a third of its full-time staff, with an anonymous employee … Read More

A gentrified street in East Austin.
News, The Issue

The Gentrification of Texas

As the cost of housing skyrockets, Texans are getting pushed out and left behind. The stakes couldn’t be higher.

The Gentrification of Texas As the cost of housing skyrockets, Texans are getting pushed out and left behind. The stakes couldn’t be higher. In early 2020, half of Texas adults reported that they were spending too much on housing and … Read More

News, Topics

The Best Texas Observer Longform Stories of the 2010s

We rounded up some of our hardest hitting longreads from the past ten years.

The Best Texas Observer Longform Stories of the 2010s We rounded up some of our hardest hitting longreads from the past ten years. * With 2019 quickly fading, social media was plagued with personal then-and-now posts. On Twitter, side-by-side personal … Read More

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

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