Jason Cohen

Senior editor Jason Cohen has written for Texas Monthly since 1995 (and texasmonthly.com since its very first iteration). His 1997 story “The Ice Bats Cometh,” about minor league hockey in Texas, was the basis of his book Zamboni Rodeo (Greystone Press, 2001). He also penned the magazine’s first-ever Matthew McConaughey story, in August 1996. The co-author of Generation Ecch! (Fireside Books, 1994) and co-editor of SXSW Scrapbook (Essex/University of Texas Press, 2011), he has also written for such publications as Rolling Stone, SPIN, Details, the Austin Chronicle, the Austin American-Statesman, Portland Monthly, and Cincinnati magazine. His 1995 Rolling Stone cover story on the band Hole prompted Courtney Love to yell at him from the stage at Lollapalooza in Austin, while his 2007 profile of the Portland strip club Mary’s won a Sex-Positive Journalism Award. As one of the two primary writers for the TM Daily Post, Cohen wrote approximately 500 stories for Texas Monthly in 2012. He has been a blogger since 2002 and been known to maintain as many as five Twitter accounts.


Was Perry Right When He Said Gay Adoption Isn’t Allowed in Texas?

Governor Rick Perry’s comments about gay adoption Saturday also offered a glimpse at the way Twitter has become a fact-checking forum, and for some reporters, a place to start their first drafts.


Texas Redistricting: The Critics Speak

Emergency U.S. Supreme Court case? Delayed March primary? The reactions to the federal panel of judge’s interim map pour in.

Perry Pens Op-Ed Calling For Eric Holder’s Resignation

In the Washington Times, Governor Perry joins Michelle Bachmann and other Republicans in blasting the U.S. Attorney General over the “Fast and Furious” gun tracking program.

TM Informer: What Is Wildfire Season?

The Texas Forest Service recently announced that the state’s current “wildfire season” may not end. The TM Informer answers the question, When does it usually start and finish?

Today in Perry: Potential Post-Campaign Scenarios, Arpaio Endorsement, and Jay Leno

The governor may have taken a break from the campaign trail for Thanksgiving, but that didn’t stop the campaign press corps.

UT and A&M: Sports Rivals, Academic Friends

Texas A&M’s athletic department may be leaving behind the University of Texas, but they remain linked through academics. 

Court’s Interim Redistricting Map Claims Aaron Peña

Longtime Rio Grande Valley legislator and recent Republican convert Aaron Peña won’t seek a seat in the next election.

Did the Cowboys Tweet-Block Their Own Cheerleader?

Melissa Kellerman’s Twitter account went MIA after she posted her amused reactions to being “tackled” by Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.

Texas Redistricting Ball Now in Scalia’s Court

But does the U.S. Supreme Court Justice’s request for briefs mean he might rule in the state’s favor?

Tea Partiers Have Trained Poll Monitors for the 2012 Election

Houston’s King Street Patriots have trained people in thirty states to monitor polls and guard against election fraud, but some accuse the Tea Party group of intimidation tactics.

Texas Gets the “Funny or Die” Treatment

Funny or Die’s asteroid spoof proves that state size DOES matter.

Austin Restaurant Owner’s Rooftop Stunt Brings Headlines

Pappy’s Bar and Grill owner is playing electric guitar and living on his restaurant’s roof in an attempt to attract business.

Perry Manages Two Gaffes in Twelve Words

Speaking at a college in New Hampshire, the governor doesn’t seem to know the legal voting age. Or Election Day. Oops.

American Flies on After Filing for Bankruptcy

“Business as usual” was the phrase on everybody’s tongue after American Airlines declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Does This Mean Horse Is Back on the Menu?

Five years after the federal government closed facilities that slaughter horses, President Barack Obama signed legislation that effectively reverses the old policy and allows slaughter plants to open.