Texas Observer Hires New Managing Editor

january 29, 2013  04:00 pm
Texas Observer Hires New Managing Editor
The Texas Observer has re-hired alt-weekly veteran Brad Tyer as managing editor. Tyer had previously served as the Observer's managing editor from 2008 through late 2009, and as copy editor from 2011 through late 2012. He replaces outgoing managing editor Susan Smith Richardson, who leaves to pursue independent projects and a teaching position at Texas State University.

"Brad is a terrific writer and editor," said Observer Editor Dave Mann. "He knows Texas, and he knows what makes the Observer a special publication. We'll really benefit from his eye for good stories and his talent for telling those stories."

Tyer's previous AAN experience includes stints as music editor and staff writer (1991-2002) at his hometown alt-weekly Houston Press, and editor (2002-2007) of the Missoula Independent. His recent freelance work has been published in Outside, High Country News, The Drake, Montana Headwall, and other venues. He was awarded a 2010 Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship, a 2011 Fishtrap writing residency, and a 2011 grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism. His first book--Opportunity, Montana: Big Copper, Bad Water, and the Burial of an American Landscape--will be published by Beacon Press on March 26, 2013.

The Texas Observer, published monthly, has been Texas' "Journal of Free Voices" since 1954, focusing on Texas news, politics and culture.