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.”


The Cream of the Shop

Ah, NorthPark, how Dallas loves thee.

Gang Land

After the deadly shoot-out in Waco, what do the Bandidos want? To be left alone.

A Deadly Dance

Amarillo doctor Mike Dixon fell so madly in love with Richelle Shetina that he left his wife and children to be with her. But then she left him, for another doctor—and his efforts to win her back led to a shocking crime. 

The Ultimate Real Housewife of Houston

Last summer, Theresa Roemer’s three-story closet made her the country’s most famous social climber. But she was only getting started.

Tilting at Gas Wells

Skip Hollandsworth drills into the surprising (and not so surprising) fortunes of Denton’s anti-fracking ballot measure.


A Shooting on Spring Grove Avenue

Olivia Lord told Dallas police officers that her boyfriend put a gun to his head after a drunken argument. Detective Dwayne Thompson couldn’t see how the evidence—or motive—made any sense. How did Michael Burnside die on May 9, 2010?

Is This the Most Dangerous Man in Texas?

University of Texas regent Wallace Hall has been accused of leading a witch hunt against UT-Austin president William Powers. But the Dallas investor insists he’s doing his job. And he doesn’t care what you think.

Stanley Marsh 3, the Infamous West Texas Eccentric, Has Died

The 76-year-old Amarilloan gained international fame for funding the Cadillac Ranch art installation, which turns forty this weekend. But his legacy was tainted by sordid allegations of sexual abuse.

“I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family”

Scott Catt was a single dad who held up banks to make ends meet. As his greed intensified, he knew just whom to enlist as accomplices: his kids.

Bernie Has Been Released From Prison

And he’ll live in Richard Linklater’s garage apartment.

Answering the Call

How did Robert Jeffress turn Dallas’s once-declining First Baptist Church into a vibrant megachurch? Certainly not by pussyfooting around.

The Girl Who Saw Too Much

Robin Doan was ten years old when a stranger killed her entire family. Nearly ten years later, she refuses to let the past haunt her.

Bernie Returns!

Bernie Tiede, the Carthage man whose story of shooting the town’s richest widow inspired a movie, may be walking free next week.

All’s Farrah In Love

The juiciest celebrity trial of the year concluded in December but not, alas, with a satisfactory answer to the most important question of all: Who was Farrah Fawcett’s true love?

For Deborah Murphey, Free Living Is Hard Living

Six years ago, the State of Georgia sent U.S. marshals to Murphey’s home in Frankston, Texas, to take her back to the prison she’d escaped from 33 years earlier. That didn’t work. But now the state has another plan.