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

The Truth about John Connally

There are two questions about John Connally: Is he good enough to be president? Is he too bad to be president?

The Truth about John Connally

There are two questions about John Connally: Is he good enough to be president? Is he too bad to be president?

Ten Giant Steps to Disaster

How did we get into this sorry energy mess? By making sorry decisions.

Ten Giant Steps to Disaster

How did we get into this sorry energy mess? By making sorry decisions.

The Ten Best and The Ten Worst Legislators

We just rate them. You voted for them.

Psst . . . Have I Got a Deal for You!

Oil is a slippery business.

Psst . . . Have I Got a Deal for You!

Oil is a slippery business.

Six Crises

It will be up to the 66th Legislature to solve these problems, and we’ll have to live with the solutions.

Six Crises

It will be up to the 66th Legislature to solve these problems, and we’ll have to live with the solutions.

I Still Hate Chili

Fess up now. In your heart of hearts, don’t you hate it, too?

I Still Hate Chili

Fess up now. In your heart of hearts, don’t you hate it, too?

The Deadliest Sin

Confessions of a bridge nut.

The Deadliest Sin

Confessions of a bridge nut.

Trouble in Paradise

Resort hotels and luxury condominiums line the sore of South Padres, yet foot by foot, day by day, the island is washing away.

Trouble in Paradise

Resort hotels and luxury condominiums line the sore of South Padres, yet foot by foot, day by day, the island is washing away.

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