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Texas Observer Investigation Leads to Rebuke for Payday Lendersnew

Three months after a Texas Observer investigation exposed how some payday loan companies aggressively pursue criminal charges against their customers, the state body that oversees the industry has issued an advisory telling companies to stop the practice.
Texas Observer  |  10-24-2013  2:00 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Four Alt-Weekly Writers Among 2012 Livingston Finalists

Timothy Bolger, Katrina Longworth, Terrence McCoy, and Patrick Michels are finalists for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. (FULL STORY)
Livingston Awards  |  04-25-2013  4:03 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Four Alt-Weeklies Win SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Awards

The Colorado Springs Independent, Houston Press, Miami New Times and The Texas Observer have each won Sigma Delta Chi Awards from the national Society of Professional Journalists. (FULL STORY)
SPJ  |  04-23-2013  3:15 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Texas Observer Hires New Managing Editor

The Texas Observer has re-hired alt-weekly veteran Brad Tyer as managing editor. (FULL STORY)
Texas Observer  |  01-29-2013  4:00 pm  |  Press Releases

How I Got That Story: The Strand of Hair That Undermined Texas Justice

Texas Observer executive editor Dave Mann talks about his extensive legal battle to obtain the strand of hair that led to the AltWeekly Award winning Public Service story, "DNA Tests Undermine Evidence in Texas Execution." (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  08-19-2011  12:20 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

How I Got That Story: Dave Mann

Early in his career as a sports writer for The Winchester Star in Winchester, Va., Dave Mann realized he “wasn’t too into sports journalism” and switched gears toward more long form, investigative reporting. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  08-09-2011  10:00 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Texas Observer Editor Bob Moser Departs

Texas Observer editor Bob Moser is leaving to become the executive editor of The American Prospect. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  06-28-2011  11:57 am  |  Industry News

Kathleen Turner Plays Molly Ivins in New Playnew

"Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins" had its world premiere Wednesday night at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. The play, which stars Turner as Ivins, offers a "complex, nuanced sense" of the former Texas Observer editor "in all her loud messiness," according to Politics Daily. Half the words in the play are from Ivins, and the other half were written by Margaret and Allison Engel. "The day after Molly died I was so upset that her voice was gone that I called Allison and said we have to do a show about her," Margaret says. "I felt she was our Mark Twain, our Will Rogers, and by 'ours' I meant the country's."
Politics Daily  |  03-25-2010  11:37 am  |  Industry News

Texas Observer Undergoes Redesignnew

The Observer recently unveiled a redesign that was overseen by Austin-based Em Dash. "The challenge was to create a template that could be produced by one part-time art director with a $450 art budget per issue," Robert Newman writes. "The result: a sharp, smart, right on, low-budget, high-impact design, perfect for the magazine's mix of muckraking reporting and liberal politics." The Observer has also launched a redesigned website.
Society of Publication Designers  |  02-11-2010  10:03 am  |  Industry News

The Texas Observer Names MOLLY Prize Winnernew

Houston Chronicle columnist Rick Casey has been awarded the 2009 MOLLY National Journalism Prize for a series about immigration. The awards, presented annually by the Texas Observer, recognize great American journalism and honor the memory of former Observer editor Molly Ivins. "Molly would have been thrilled at the scores of worthy entries and taken a little amused pride that this year's winner is a columnist for the Houston Chronicle, the newspaper where she began reporting as a summer intern," Observer CEO and publisher Carlton Carl says.
The Texas Observer  |  06-16-2009  8:27 am  |  Press Releases

Texas Observer Editor Named Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellownew

Brad Tyer, the Observer's managing editor, is one of 19 journalists selected for the prestigious Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan for the upcoming academic year. He will focus on environmental justice issues. Each fellow receives a stipend of $70,000, supported by gifts from foundations, news organizations and individuals.
University of Michigan Press Release  |  05-08-2009  8:39 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Texas Observer Nabs Two Utne Award Nominationsnew

The Observer is one of eight nominees in two 2009 Utne Independent Press Awards categories: Best Writing and Political Coverage. Winners will be announced during the Magazine Publishers of America's Independent Magazine Group conference (May 17-19) and published in the July-August issue of Utne Reader.
Utne Reader  |  04-07-2009  7:54 am  |  Honors & Achievements

How I Got That Story: Jake Bernstein

In the eighteenth installment of this year's "How I Got That Story" series, Jake Bernstein talks about his story for The Texas Observer that revealed the state's governor had amassed a huge database of information on Texas' citizens without them knowing it. The story came to Bernstein, who is now a reporter at ProPublica, via a tip, and sparked immediate reactions. "It was one of the most instantaneous responses I've ever had to a story," Bernstein says. "Literally, within hours of us posting it on our website, people were talking about it on the Texas House floor." He explains to Angelica Herrera how he pieced together the story, his opinion on anonymous sources, and the ultimate impact of his story. (FULL STORY)
AAN News  |  11-21-2008  11:24 am  |  Association News

How I Got That Story: Nate Blakeslee

In the thirteenth installment of this year's "How I Got That Story" series, Nate Blakeslee talks about how he uncovered sexual abuse in Texas' youth prisons for the Texas Observer. The investigation ignited a firestorm that led to the arrests of two employees and the firing of top officials. Blakeslee says the key to his story was a document he was tipped off to and then was able to procure. "Reporters don't often run into documents like this one. In fact, a person can go a whole career without a case like this," he says. "This story was just waiting out there to be found. I can say if you find something like this, get it into print as soon as you can." (FULL STORY)
AAN News  |  11-04-2008  12:23 pm  |  Association News

The Texas Observer Names New Editor

The Observer today announced that Bob Moser is the publication's new editor. He replaces Jake Bernstein, who left to become a reporter for ProPublica in June. Moser, who got his start as editor of North Carolina's Independent Weekly, has recently been writing and editing for The Nation, and is the author of the new book Blue Dixie: Awakening the South's Democratic Majority. "There is no place in the country evolving more rapidly, or changing more fundamentally, than Texas," Moser says in a release. "The Observer will aim to deploy our tough, thorough, hard-nosed reporting to nudge the state in a progressive direction." (FULL STORY)
The Texas Observer Press Release  |  09-26-2008  9:36 am  |  Press Releases