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.”



In the nineties, it’s hip to be square and cool to be clueless. Our guide to the new Texas man.

Karate Cop

Tough guy Chuck Norris’ kick is better than his kiss on the TV hit Walker, Texas Ranger.

Something Wild

For an off-beat trip, head to Glen Rose, home of dinosaur tracks, exotic animals, a creationism museum, and lots more.

Love and Death on the Third Floor

She was the princess who wore Tiffany perfume. He was the middle-class guy who raced cars. But when they met on the cystic fibrosis wing of a Dallas hospital, romance bloomed.

Fallen Angels

We started out as pious kids helping Wichita Falls celebrate the birth of Christ. We ended up astray in a manger.

Who Killed Baby Carolyn?

Decades after Carolyn McMorris died of a massive head injury, her sisters shockingly allege that their stepmother murdered her.

The Seduction of Cruiser and Bruiser

Police officers Randy Harris and Swany Davenport were called heroes for busting Dallas drug dealers. But when they broke the laws they had pledged to uphold, the dealers cried foul—and the heroes got busted.

The Making of a Sex Symbol, 1993

How did Vickie Smith, waitress from Mexia, become Anna Nicole Smith, world-famous face? It’s anyone’s Guess?

See No Evil

Dallas police say Charles Albright is the coldest, most depraved killer of women in the city’s history. To me, he seems like a perfect gentleman. Maybe too perfect.

Profile: Food Fight

Last summer, restaurateurs Shannon Wynne and Gene Street bragged about their new partnership, but now they’re eating their words.

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.