Joe Pappalardo Named Editor of the Dallas Observer

november 18, 2015  03:00 pm
Joe Pappalardo Named Editor of the Dallas Observer
Joe Pappalardo
Voice Media Group announced today that Joe Pappalardo has been named editor-in-chief of the Dallas Observer.

The job will represent a homecoming for Pappalardo, who worked as a staff writer at the Observer in the early aughts before beginning a career with national magazines.

A 1995 graduate of the journalism school at the University of Missouri, Pappalardo cut his teeth as a reporter at the Mexico City Times, the Associated Press and the Corpus- Christi Caller-Times before moving to the Observer.

He then went on to serve as associate editor for National Defense magazine, associate editor for Smithsonian Air & Space magazine, and senior editor for news at Popular Mechanics.

During his seven years at Popular Mechanics, Pappalardo traveled to Afghanistan, Moscow and French Guiana on assignment, penning long-form features while also helping the magazine make a highly successful transition to daily digital publishing. While at Air & Space, he also authored the non-fiction book Sunflowers: The Secret History, which was described by Entertainment Weekly as a “compulsively readable” account of how sunflowers – yes, sunflowers – have shaped human history.

Pappalardo made his way back to Dallas last year, and has continued to freelance for Popular Mechanics and American Way magazine.

He’ll start at the Observer on December 7.