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.


America’s (Least Favorite) Team: The Dallas Cowboys

How bout NOT them Cowboys? A new national survey by Public Policy Polling says that America now prefers the Green Bay Packers.  

Which Texas Musicians Made the “Best of 2011” Lists?

The critics have passed judgment on 2011’s best albums and singles, and there’s good news for Miranda Lambert, St. Vincent, Beyoncé, Hayes Carll, and two stalwarts of the Denton scene. 

Merry Christmas! Twelve Gifts for Twelve Texans

What we’d like to get Rick Perry, Warren Jeffs, Willie Nelson, and other prominent Texans for Christmas.

The Five Most Memorable Sports Stories of 2011

The end of a rivalry, the beginning of a franchise affair, and championships won (and lost) made 2011 a year to remember. 

Texas 2011: By the Numbers

From (HB) 1 to ($)15.2 billion, we revisit a few of the state’s biggest stories in 2011 by examining the numbers. 

Rick Perry, This Was Your Year

Part one of a timeline chronicling Governor Rick Perry’s path to the White House: from promoting his book to his presidential campaign announcement.

Rick Perry, Was This Your Year?

On August 25, pundits declared Rick Perry’s to be the “inevitable” GOP candidate. Now he’s polling fifth. Part two of the timeline chronicling how it got from there to here.

Even Ron Paul Isn’t Really Anticipating the Ron Paul Presidency

Asked by Nightline co-host Terry Moran, “Do you see yourself in the Oval Office?” the Republican presidential candidate replied, “Not really.” 

Will Donald Trump Be a Third-Party Candidate in Texas?

Supporters of the New York real estate magnate and reality television star filed paperwork that would back The Donald should he choose to run for president. 

The (Premature?) Perry Postmortem

Politico published a behind-the-scenes, anonymously-sourced campaign obituary for Rick Perry. But isn’t a bit too soon?

Fightin’ Words: Mark Cuban v. the NBA

Were the NBA champion Mavericks locked out from the traditional opportunity to meet President Obama? 

A Tale of Two Presidential Candidates from Texas

Rick Perry’s fifth-place finish leaves the governor reeling, while Ron Paul’s campaign stays on track with his third-place showing.

Rick Perry Assessed in Tweets

The Twitterverse reacts to Rick Perry’s fifth-place Iowa caucus finish and his first-ever concession speech.

Both Dewhurst and Craig James Release Rick Perry-Themed Campaign Ads

But only one of them has the advantage of Rick Perry’s actual participation. 

Does Rick Perry Have a Chance?

Or is he helping national frontrunner Mitt Romney by dividing the conservative base?