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Peter Holley is a seventh-generation Texan and a native Austinite who writes about news and culture across the state of Texas. Before joining Texas Monthly, he was a staff writer at the Washington Post, where he reported on breaking national and international news. Holley has reported from Afghanistan and Iraq and spent a year working for an English-language newspaper in Lahore, Pakistan. He earned a BA in pre-law from American University in Washington, D.C., and holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City. His writing has appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, the New York Post, Newsday, Columbia Journalism Review, the Houston Chronicle, and the New York Times.

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News & Politics|
February 9, 2023

Inside the Bro-tastic Party Mansions Upending a Historic Austin Community

They have swimming pools, dozens of beds, and at least one stripper pole in a backyard school bus (you read that right). Locals say they’re are turning a vulnerable community into a “theme park” for hard-partying tourists.

News & Politics|
November 19, 2021

The Austin Law Firm Battling Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell Over the “Big Lie”

Charlie Cain and Steve Skarnulis were used to litigating East Texas oil and gas disputes. Then a terrified voting-machine company employee, falsely implicated in the 2020 election’s biggest conspiracy theory, came calling.

October 21, 2021

The Making of an Anti-vax Warrior

A few months ago, Jennifer Bridges’s refusal to abide by Houston Methodist’s vaccine mandate thrust her into the national spotlight. Now she’s become a purveyor of conspiracy theories that have fueled the pandemic’s continuation.

Politics & Policy|
October 7, 2021

Your Questions About Texas’s New Abortion Law, Answered

Who can be sued under Senate Bill 8? What is the “shadow docket”? When will the Supreme Court rule on the merits of the law?

August 19, 2021

Controversial Statues Are Falling Across the U.S., but This Texas Town Is Erecting New Ones

In Rockport, a celebrated artist is planning to install sculptures depicting the first contact between European explorers and the Karankawa. Is it a representation of a key moment in the area’s history, or a glorification of colonialism?

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