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Christian Wallace is a staff writer from West Texas. Before joining Texas Monthly as a fact-checker, in March 2016, Wallace worked as a roughneck, a ditch digger, an electrician, a record store clerk, and a radio DJ. He earned BAs in history and English at Texas State University in San Marcos, and holds a master’s degree in writing from the National University of Ireland in Galway. In 2020, Wallace wrote and hosted the documentary podcast series Boomtown, about the Permian Basin’s historic oil boom and the bust that followed. The series has more than 3.5 million downloads. Wallace’s June 2020 cover story on honky-tonks was a National Magazine Award finalist. He has also been a finalist for two City and Regional Magazine Awards. Wallace lives in San Marcos with his partner, Lauren Meckel, and their pup, Wyatt.

Articles by Christian Wallace

Flood 2015
After the Flood

Jun 15, 2015 By Christian Wallace

In the aftermath of the Memorial Day flood, one family recovers what’s left of their belongings and searches for hope.  

Oil Boom
Learning to Roughneck

Mar 4, 2015 By Christian Wallace

Growing up in the Permian Basin, I thought I had a sense of what it was like working the oilfields. Turns out I didn’t know a damn thing.