Forrest Wilder, Editor
Forrest Wilder, a native of Wimberley, Texas, is the editor of the Observer. Forrest has appeared on Democracy Now!, The Rachel Maddow Show and numerous NPR stations. His work has been mentioned by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, Time magazine and many other state and national publications. Other than filing voluminous open records requests, Forrest enjoys fishing, kayaking, gardening and beer-league softball. He holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. You can contact him at [email protected]
Susannah Erler, Interim Publisher
Susannah’s experience includes being a general manager for a National Public Radio affiliate, fundraising for education and workforce initiatives, and hosting and producing programs for public broadcasting (including KUT in Austin). As a grant writer, she has obtained over $10 million in project funds for nonprofit organizations. Susannah grew up in Austin and the Bronx and holds a master’s degree in Business with an Arts Administration (Nonprofit) specialization from the University of Wisconsin School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. You can contact her at [email protected]
Rose Cahalan, Managing Editor
Rose Cahalan is managing editor at the Observer and also edits the magazine’s arts and culture coverage. She was previously senior editor at the University of Texas at Austin alumni magazine, the Alcalde, where she wrote about everything from geology research in the Arctic to human rights in Iran. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Rice University, enjoys knitting and running, and is always planning her next trip to Big Bend. You can contact her at [email protected]
Andrea Grimes, Digital Editor
Andrea, a native North Texan and Bloody Mary aficionado, is the Observer‘s digital editor. She holds a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Texas and a bachelor’s degree in digital journalism from New York University. Previously, she covered reproductive justice issues across Texas for Rewire and worked as an investigative journalist at the Dallas Observer, covering crime and city politics. Her work has also appeared in Ms., Jezebel, the Austin Chronicle and D Magazine. She lives in Austin with her husband, two cats and a badly behaved hound dog. You can contact her at [email protected]
Jen Reel, Multimedia Editor
Jen Reel was an Observer intern before joining the staff in July 2010 as Web Editor. She received a Masters in Journalism with a concentration in Photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was co-chair for the student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association. She has worked in the non-profit sector for the Peruvian-American Medical Society and has been published in Utne Reader magazine, the Village Voice and Pitchfork Music. You can contact her at [email protected]
Melissa del Bosque, Staff Writer
Melissa del Bosque is a staff reporter and a Lannan reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. Del Bosque’s work has been featured in various national and international media outlets, including the Guardian, and the Mexico City-based Nexos magazine. Her work has also been featured on Democracy Now!, PBS, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and NPR. In 2015, del Bosque’s 4-part series on migrant deaths in South Texas won a National Magazine Award in the multimedia category and an award from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. Her 2012 investigative feature about massacres in the Juarez Valley, Mexico, was a National Magazine Award finalist in the reporting category, and won awards from both the Association of Alternative News Media and the Pan American Health Organization. Del Bosque holds a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, a Master’s in Journalism from the University of Texas-Austin and a Master’s in Public Health from the Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health. You can contact her at [email protected]
Patrick Michels, Staff Writer
Staff writer Patrick Michels covers school reform and crime for the Observer. He holds degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and the University of Texas at Austin, and his work has been published in Politico Magazine, Grantland, Mashable and the Dallas Observer. You can contact him at [email protected]
Naveena Sadasivam, Staff Writer
Naveena Sadasivam is a staff writer covering energy and the environment at the Observer. Prior to joining the Observer, she wrote about the coal industry for InsideClimate News and the water woes of the West and fracking for ProPublica. She has a degree in chemical engineering and a master’s in environmental and science reporting from New York University. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, Bloomberg and Salon. You can contact her at [email protected].
Naomi Shihab Nye, Poetry Editor
Naomi Shihab Nye is a poet, essayist, and novelist, living in San Antonio. She has edited eight anthologies of poetry, including Is This Forever or What? Poems & Paintings from Texas. Her collection 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is the author of two acclaimed novels for teens, Habibi and Going Going, and a recent novel for children, The Turtle of Oman.
Ben Sargent, Staff Cartoonist
Ben Sargent launched his career drawing editorial cartoons for the Austin American-Statesman in 1974. He was born in Amarillo into a newspaper family and learned the printing trade from age 12 and started working for the local daily as a proof runner at 14. He attended Amarillo College and received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 1970. Sargent won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1982. He has also received awards from Women in Communications, Inc., Common Cause of Texas, and Cox Newspapers. He is the author of Texas Statehouse Blues (1980) and Big Brother Blues (1984).
Sargent is married to Diane Holloway, former television critic for the Austin American-Statesman.
David Duhr, Copy Editor
David Duhr is co-founder of WriteByNight, a writers’ service dedicated to helping authors achieve their goals. He lives in New York City and writes about books for The Dallas Morning News, Publishing Perspectives, and others.
Chad Tomlinson, Art Director
Chad Tomlinson has designed for the Dallas Observer, Details, Real Simple, Saveur, Worth, T Magazine and the National Geographic Society.