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.

Stories

Vidor’s Hip-Hop Anthem

Two local rappers are trying to change the the image of "the 409" with their song "Vidor Anthem," which has become a modest hit online. 

Is McAllen ISD the Most Forward-thinking District in America?

More than 27,000 students will begin receive iPads and iPod touch devices as part of a program to upgrade educational technology and save on future textbook costs. 

Five Things to Know about the Newest Redistricting Maps

Exactly seven days before the originally scheduled March 6 primary, the San Antonio federal court released a new set of maps that should lock in the May 29 election. 

It’s Baylor’s Moment

Lengthy features in Sports Illustrated and the New York Times celebrate the Bears’ unprecedented sports success and its implications for the university at large.

Would You Pay $15,000 For a Case of Dublin Dr Pepper?

The director of Bottled Up, a documentary about the now-deceased iconic Texas beverage, is offering a case (and executive producer credit) to anyone who donates $15,000 to help him complete his film.

Sabbath Conflict for Jewish HS Basketball Team’s Tournament Game

The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools has refused to let Beren Academy, an Orthodox Jewish day school, reschedule its semifinal playoff game from Friday night, which falls during the Jewish Sabbath.  

Creator of Failed Television Program “Lone Star” Tries Again

Will Kyle Killen's new NBC drama Awake, a cop show starring Jason Isaacs, have better luck than Lone Star, which Fox canceled after two episodes? 

Numerous Scandals Rock El Paso Area

A county commissioner was accused of distributing 110 pounds of marijuana, a tenured UTEP professor violated university policies, a suburban mayor dined at Hooters with city money, and mayoral candidate got a lap dance in his campaign office.

Conservative Radio Host Pays for Damages

Michael Berry, who has been embroiled in a mini-scandal after he allegedly hit a car outside of a Houston gay bar and fled the scene, cut a check to the vehicle's owner. 

Win the Weekend: Cars Will Soon Be Driving Us and Other News to Know

A UT study on the traffic intersections of the future, the Perry gravy train is back on the track, and the Spurs lose a game on purpose.

Woman with Enormous Fake Boobs Stars in Reality Show

We revisit Sheyla Hershey, the woman from Houston with 38-KKK breasts who is now the subject of an episode of My Strange Addiction.

Volkswagen Ad Features Chamillionaire

The Houston rapper's 2006 smash hit, “Ridin,’” is the soundtrack for a new Volkswagen television spot.

Leppert Dinged for Attending Pride Parades

Social values came under question at a Senate campaign forum when GOP candidates Ted Cruz and Craig James criticized former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert for attending Dallas pride parades. 

Perry: We Don’t Need No Education Special Session

The governor rejected calls to revisit school finance issues during his Tuesday media blitz, but his critics say he also overstated current funding levels. 

Is Ron Paul Doing Romney’s Bidding?

Paul released a television ad that bashes Rick Santorum, but whose campaign is it really helping? 

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