Skip Hollandsworth

Before joining the Texas Monthly staff, in 1989, executive editor Skip Hollandsworth worked as a reporter and columnist in Dallas and as a television producer and documentary filmmaker. During his tenure with the magazine, he has received several journalism awards, including a National Headliners Award, the national John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism, the City and Regional Magazine gold award for feature writing, and the Texas Institute of Letters O. Henry Award for magazine writing.

He has been a finalist four times for a National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, and in 2010 he won the National Magazine Award in feature writing for “Still Life,” his story about a young man who, after suffering a crippling football injury in high school, spent the next 33 years in his bedroom, unable to move. The 2011 movie Bernie, which Hollandsworth co-wrote with Richard Linklater, is based on his January 1998 story, “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas.”

Stories

Some Things Never Change: Power Hungry

In Texas, lunch is for gossip and dinner is for dates. Breakfast, however, is for wheeling and dealing.

Hooray for Big Hair!

A strand-by-strand look at the roots of a Texas phenomenon.

The Almost Great Bank Robbery

It seemed like the perfect inside job: A respected cop conspires with his teller girlfriend to pull the biggest bank heist in San Antonio history. If they hadn’t been so careless, they might have gotten away with it.

The Meanest Divorce

When Chuck Smith kidnapped his own small boys to keep them from his estranged wife, a simple divorce case turned into an international family feud.

Possessed by the Devil

The way two mysterious deaths affected the town of Childress says a lot about the lure of satanism and the power of gossip.

Beyond Luxury

God save the queen! A Dallas hotel company has won the right to manage London’s most exclusive property.

Judge Roy Scream vs. The Texas Cyclone

How to beat the heat, find the food, and master the coasters at Texas’ four big theme parks.

Rodeo, Texas, U.S.A.

Rodeo, rodeo, wherefore art thou rodeo? Mary Ellen Mark went to small towns all over Texas to find out.

The Ranger Bandit

Steve Benifiel was an old-fashioned outlaw who practically owned the town of Ranger—until he was busted for running one of West Texas’s biggest drug rings.

Doing the Hustle

Today, TGI Friday’s is sedate, but twenty years ago this month, the place started the singles era in Dallas.

“I Have Made Their Lives Miserable”

Young girls who want to win an Olympic gymnastics medal have to pay the price, and Bela Karolyi makes sure that they don’t get of cheap.

This One’s a Beaut!

How a Fort Worth glass manufacturer became a modern-day medici.

The Afrin Affair

A tale of rivalry, intrigue, and foul play in the science lab.

Boots and Me

In Texas, the cowboy boot still makes the man.

Pomp and Circumstance

Kicked out of the Miss USA contest, two Texas beauty moguls landed on their feet and started their own pagent.

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