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.


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 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?

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.


Turkey, TX, Gets Another Offer to Rename Itself

Washington D.C.’s Pork Barrel BBQ strikes back at PETA by asking the small Panhandle town to rename itself “Barbecue” instead of “Tofurky.”

Houston, We Have a BCS Problem

The undefeated University of Houston football team still isn't a part of the national championship conversation, but at least ESPN’s Lee Corso is catching Cougar f—king fever.

Today in Perry: Trans-Texas Memories, Anita on Obama, Taking Aim at Gingrich

The latest stories from the campaign trail, including the Los Anegeles Times on the Trans-Texas Corridor and the Dallas Morning News’s Wayne Slater on the governor’s move toward the right.

Bum Steer of the Week: Literally

University of Texas fans are fuming about the photo of a “Horns Down” Longhorn that the Alcalde put up on its website. 

The Interim Redistricting Maps Are Revealed

Instead of drawing you a map, how about a few shortcuts? Here are the key takeaways of what Thursday’s interim redistricting maps mean for our elected officials.