Paul Burka

The dean of the Capitol press corps, senior executive editor Paul Burka joined the staff of Texas Monthly one year after the magazine’s founding, in 1973. For nearly forty years he has led the magazine’s political coverage and spearheaded its storied roundup of the Best and Worst Legislators each biennium. A lifelong Texan, he was born in Galveston, graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in history, and received a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

Burka is a member of the State Bar of Texas and spent five years as an attorney with the Texas Legislature, where he served as counsel to the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

Burka won a National Magazine Award for reporting excellence in 1985 and the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award. He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and teaches at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a frequent guest discussing politics on national news programs on MSNBC, Fox, NBC, and CNN.

Stories

Speed Demons

State highway patrolmen hate the 55 mph speed limit
almost as much as other Texas motorists do, and for better
reasons.

Speed Demons

State highway patrolmen hate the 55 mph speed limit
almost as much as other Texas motorists do, and for better
reasons.

Danger Zones

What they don’t teach you in defensive driving
courses: the most dangerous highways in Texas.

King of the Mountain

Clements is ready for the Legislature, but is the Legislature
ready for him?

King of the Mountain

Clements is ready for the Legislature, but is the Legislature
ready for him?

Laying Down the Law

That’s what the Legislature is here to do, and unless
we’re lucky, it just may.

Laying Down the Law

That’s what the Legislature is here to do, and unless
we’re lucky, it just may.

Houston! Astros!

The Astros were going to the World Series. But—

Why Is Houston Falling Apart?

Because nobody at city hall is doing his job, that’s why.

What Ever Happened to the Storm of the Century

Hurricane Allen proved that everyone talks about the weather but nobody knows much about it its’least of all the National Weather Service.

The Modified Triple-reverse, Double-handoff Option

Football has degenerated into a routine encounter between two sets of programmed, steroid-stuffed robots. These trick plays could change all that.

Fire!

What you don’t know about your fire department could burn you up.

A Burning Question

Can your city’s fire department take the heat?

The Law West of the Trinity

Justices of the peace, maligned since the days of Roy Bean, don’t operate like other judges. But if lawyers want to get ride of them, they can’t be all bad.

The Law West of the Trinity

Justices of the peace, maligned since the days of Roy Bean, don’t operate like other judges. But if lawyers want to get ride of them, they can’t be all bad.

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