Jake Silverstein

Jake Silverstein is the former editor in chief of Texas Monthly. He attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and also received degrees from Hollins University, in Roanoke, Virginia, and the Michener Center for Writers, at the University of Texas at Austin. In the late nineties, he worked as a reporter for the Big Bend Sentinel, a weekly newspaper in Marfa. In 2005 he became a contributing editor to Harper’s Magazine. His first book, Nothing Happened and Then It Did: A Chronicle in Fact and Fiction, was published in 2010 by W.W. Norton. His work has also appeared in the anthologies Best American Travel Writing 2003 and Submersion Journalism (2008). He joined the staff of Texas Monthly as a senior editor in 2006. In 2008 he was named the fourth editor of the magazine. During his editorship, the magazine has been nominated for eleven National Magazine Awards (the industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize) and won two, for General Excellence and Feature Writing. He lives in New York and is the editor of the New York Times Magazine.


Strait From the Art

Sometimes all you have to do is ask.

Gone to (and From) Texas

Jake Silverstein on what first drew him to Texas, what kept him here, and what he will miss as he takes his leave.

Border Lines

The human cost of a militarized border.

Case Study

An epic year of reporting.

Examining a 31-Year-Old Murder Case

This week, we will publish a 25,000-word story, the result of an in-depth investigation into the 1982 Lake Waco murders, one of the most confounding criminal cases in Texas history.

Evolution of a Dish

Paul Qui's Rabbit Seven Ways.

Not Just Semi-Opinionated

The legendary Dan Jenkins has been covering sports since the forties. Things have not improved.

Home-Grown Fine Dining

Texas restaurants are some of the hottest in the country, and also some of the most down-to-earth. Literally.

Daughter of the Republic

Cecile Richards on abortion, women in office, and how Wendy Davis is different from her mom.

History Revisited

No ideas but in things.

A Change of Scenery

A new look for Texas Monthly.

At Least the Steer Was Anatomically Correct

Yeah, we blew it. Our January 2014 Bum Steers cover shows the wrong Astros uniform. So we’ll be the first to admit that we deserve a bum steer. 

Tenacious P Strikes Again

A remarkable and richly deserved award for Pam Colloff 

The Food Issue

We are what we eat, and everything we eat has a story.