MEET the DePRESSed

This month, over at Texas Monthly, the magazine, they’re celebrating their thirty-fifth anniversary. Congratulations, print people. Drink up. Because pretty soon, the entire editorial department will be forced into “early retirement,” and I’ll be the last one standing. (I’ve been waiting for Evan Smith’s corner office for far too long.)

Writing for a Newsweekly

NAME: Karen Tumulty | AGE: 52 | HOMETOWN: San Antonio | QUALIFICATIONS: Thirteen years at Time, the past six as a senior writer and national political correspondent.

• Washington has a tendency to be an echo chamber. If you don’t talk to people outside the city, you can miss what it is they really care about. Sometimes you can lose the real emotion of an issue.

Writing for a Newsweekly

NAME: Karen Tumulty | AGE: 52 | HOMETOWN: San Antonio | QUALIFICATIONS: Thirteen years at Time, the past six as a senior writer and national political correspondent.

• Washington has a tendency to be an echo chamber. If you don’t talk to people outside the city, you can miss what it is they really care about. Sometimes you can lose the real emotion of an issue.

The Iconoclast

IN OLDEN DAYS, John Young would have been horsewhipped or shot in the back for the stuff he writes two or three times a week in the Waco Tribune-Herald. You don’t razz right-wingers in what Young has labeled “Bush-by-God country”—not if you value your kneecaps. An otherwise ordinary 54-year-old who wears wire-rim glasses and has a trim mustache and a receding hairline, Young is the rarest of a vanishing breed of Texans: the unapologetically liberal newspaperman.

Here Comes Trouble

I want to begin by telling you a story that may make me look small, but which, I believe, is instructive. In 2003 I was asked to sit on a panel to interview the three men running for mayor of Houston: Bill White, Orlando Sanchez, and Sylvester Turner. The other two members of the panel were a former political reporter for the defunct Houston Post and Dan Patrick, then as now a drive-time radio talk show host.

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