All posts by John Burnett
Texas has suffered through many dry spells, but none so bad as the fifties drought. To the West Texans caught in its fiercest grip, it seemed like the world was ending. Half a century later, the time it never rained remains as vivid as ever.
Bad as the current drought is, it has yet to match the most arid spell in Texas history. Nearly two dozen survivors of the fifties drought remember the time it never rained.
In Mexico, how journalists cover the drug war that has terrorized the borderlands can mean the difference between life and death. Which is why a strict set of rules—and punishments—dictates what can and can’t be written.
As the Mexican drug cartels have waged war along the border, they have also developed a disciplined approach to managing the press.
I spent a month in Peshawar, Pakistan, thousands of miles from my home and family in Austin, covering the war for National Public Radio. Here's what I saw.
Austinite John Burnett reports from Pakistan’s front line.
Near Bustamante, in northern Mexico, is a "wild cave" that's as stunning as it is challenging: If you go, you're on your own.
Northern Mexico’s Gruta del Palmito provides a caving experience that won’t leave you in the dark.