Katy Vine joined the editorial staff of Texas Monthly in 1997 and became a staff writer in 2002. She has written on a range of topics including hip-hop legend Bun B, the West fertilizer explosion, barbecue pit masters, Warren Jeffs, the moon landing, the Kilgore Rangerettes, bass fishing, a three-person family circus, chess prodigies, and a reclusive musician named Jandek. Her stories have appeared in the Best American Sports Writing 2005, the Best American Sports Writing 2006, and Best Food Writing 2011. Her feature story about a West Texas sting operation was the inspiration for the 2012 television series “The Client List.” she has contributed to the Oxford American, the Texas Observer, and the radio program, “This American Life.”

Cops and Robbers

Sep 9, 2016 By Katy Vine

They were some of the toughest narcs on the border, known for busting smugglers, staging raids, seizing cartel cocaine—and being dirty.


Jun 22, 2016 By Katy Vine

To whom will the Bachelorette’s final rose go this season? Blogger Steve Carbone makes it his business to know—and tell his 1.5 million readers.

Just Desserts

Dec 23, 2015 By Katy Vine

Sandy Jenkins was a quiet accountant at the Collin Street Bakery who felt overlooked and dreamed of living the good life. He found it (for a while) by embezzling nearly $17 million from the famed fruitcake maker.

When China Came to Houston

Oct 27, 2015 By Katy Vine

This past year, China surpassed all other foreign countries in terms of properties purchased and dollars spent. And with increasing frequency, investors are coming to the Houston area, which now has a Chinese population of 86,000.

The Agitator

Jul 22, 2015 By Katy Vine

He wasn’t diplomatic and he wasn’t subtle, but Curtis Graves forged a political path for black Texans—and altered history forever.

Corps Values

May 8, 2015 By Katy Vine

Alyssa Michalke was recently named the first female commander of Texas A&M’s corps of cadets. It’s been a long time coming.

Family Traditions
Revisiting the Family Circus

Oct 8, 2014 By Katy Vine

Eight-year-old Giovanni and six-year-old Victor can ride the Globe of Death, spin plates, and transfix large audiences. As the eighth generation of the Flores Family Thrill Show, it’s their birthright.