Pamela Colloff

Pamela Colloff is an executive editor at Texas Monthly and has written for the magazine since 1997. Her work has also appeared in the New Yorker and has been anthologized in Best American Magazine Writing, Best American Crime Reporting, Best American Non-Required Reading, and Next Wave: America’s New Generation of Great Literary Journalists.

Colloff is a five-time National Magazine Award finalist. She was nominated in 2001 for her article on school prayer, and then again in 2011 for her two-part series, “Innocence Lost” and “Innocence Found,” about wrongly convicted death row inmate Anthony Graves. One month after the publication of “Innocence Lost,” the Burleson County district attorney’s office dropped all charges against Graves and released him from jail, where he had been awaiting retrial. Colloff’s article—an exhaustive examination of Graves’s case—was credited with helping Graves win his freedom after eighteen years behind bars.

In 2013 she was nominated twice more, for “Hannah and Andrew” and “The Innocent Man,” a two-part series about Michael Morton, a man who spent 25 years wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of his wife, Christine. The latter earned a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing. 

In 2014 the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University awarded her the Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism.

In 2015 Colloff was nominated for her fifth National Magazine Award, for “The Witness,” a profile of a former TDCJ employee who, over the course of her career, had watched the execution of 278 death row inmates.

Colloff holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Brown University and was raised in New York City. She lives in Austin with her husband and their two children.


Capital Murder Case Against Hannah Overton Dismissed

Nine years after Hannah Overton’s nightmarish journey through the criminal justice system began, it ended just as abruptly.

To Love and to Cherish

When it comes to legalizing gay marriage, Texas remains a stubborn holdout. But for Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman, who have sued the state for the right to marry, change can’t come soon enough. 

Fifth Circuit Hears Texas’ Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit

The famously conservative court surprises everyone by signaling it might overturn the ban.

Hannah Overton Will Be Home For Christmas

Corpus Christi Mother of Five Released on Bond.

The Guilty and the Innocent

Pamela Colloff on holding prosecutors accountable.

“A Woman Had a Place, and It Was Not Out Practicing Law”

Dusty Burke, now a partner at the prestigious firm Vinson & Elkins, talks about graduating from law school during an era when women were not expected to use their degrees.

Hannah Overton’s Capital Murder Conviction Is Overturned

And now the Nueces County DA must decide whether to retry her.

The Witness

For more than a decade, Michelle Lyons’s job required her to watch condemned criminals be put to death. After 278 executions, she won’t ever be the same.

Michael Morton's Life in Prison, In His Own Words

Excerpts from his book “Getting Life: An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace.”

Anthony Graves' Prosecutor Finally Has to Answer For His Actions

The State Bar of Texas has found “just cause” to pursue disciplinary action against Charles Sebesta, the district attorney who sent Graves to death row.

A Summer Weekend in Austin

Recovering at a luxurious (and kid-free!) adult summer camp.

Hannah Overton’s Day in Court

The Corpus Christi mother convicted of murdering her four-year-old foster son has maintained her innocence for eight years, and she finally had a chance to plead her case to Texas’s highest criminal court.

A Question of Mercy

In 1998 famously tough Montague County district attorney Tim Cole sent a teenager to prison for life for his part in a brutal murder. The punishment haunts him to this day.