Gary Cartwright

Gary Cartwright received his B.A. in journalism from Texas Christian University. He has had a distinguished career as a newspaper reporter and as a freelance writer, contributing stories to such national publications as Harper’s, Life, and Esquire. He was a senior editor at Texas Monthly for 25 years until his retirement in 2010 at age 76. Cartwright was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in 1986 in the category of reporting excellence. He has been the recipient of a Dobie-Paisano fellowship and has won the Texas Institute of Letters Stanley Walker Award for Journalism and the Carr P. Collins Award for nonfiction. He won the 1989 Press Club of Dallas Katie Award for Best Magazine News Story. He also won the 2005 Headliner Club of Austin award for best magazine story. Cartwright has written several books, including Blood Will Tell, Confessions of a Washed-up Sportswriter, Dirty Dealing, and Galveston: A History of the Island, published in 1991. He has co-written three movie scripts, J. W. Coop (Columbia, 1972); A Pair of Aces (CBS-TV, 1990), which he also co-produced; and Pancho, Billy and Esmerelda, which he co-produced for his own production company in 1994. In addition, he co-produced Another Pair of Aces for CBS. Blood Will Tell was filmed by CBS-TV as a four-hour miniseries in 1994. In 1998 his book, HeartWiseGuy, was published.

Stories

High Noon at the Circle C

Gary Bradley, a hot young land speculator inn Austin, was in the middle of a $50 million deal when he ran into an outraged environmental movement and a lobbyist with some powerful clients. The fight was on.

Bad News

Local TV news has as much to do with show biz as journalism. Unfortunately, most viewers take it seriously.

At the Scene

The best local news programs in Texas make big bucks for their stations, but so do the worst ones. Here’s how they stack up.

The Bad Brother

What happened to the old black power radicals in Dallas? Jail, hard times, middle age - and, for Matt Johnson, the losing end of a gun.

The Bad Brother

What happened to the old black power radicals in Dallas? Jail, hard times, middle age - and, for Matt Johnson, the losing end of a gun.

I Am the Greatest Cook in the World

And I’m telling you, if you can’t batter it, fry it, spike it with chiles, or bathe it in buttermilk, it’s not worth your time.

We Know You’re Interested Only In Quality Education

So read our guide to the 1982 UT football season, and you can skip the games.

We Know You’re Interested Only In Quality Education

So read our guide to the 1982 UT football season, and you can skip the games.

The Man Who Killed Judge Wood

The end of the Chagra family’s drug empire, a few words on murderer-for-hire Charles Harrelson, and the most incrimminating tapes since Watergate.

The Man Who Killed Judge Wood

The end of the Chagra family’s drug empire, a few words on murderer-for-hire Charles Harrelson, and the most incrimminating tapes since Watergate.

Growing Up Fast

Every parent with a teenage kid knows the fears: drinking, drugs, and rebellion. For the Cartwrights, those fears all came true.

Growing Up Fast

Every parent with a teenage kid knows the fears: drinking, drugs, and rebellion. For the Cartwrights, those fears all came true.

Back Home

Every Texan gets the urge to leave. But then, every Texan eventually wants to come back again.

Back Home

Every Texan gets the urge to leave. But then, every Texan eventually wants to come back again.

The Black Striker Gets Hit

The life—promising beginning, overripe middle, bloody end—of Lee Chagra, the biggest drug lawyer in El Paso.

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