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In 1982, Dick J. Reavis chronicled the first government-led lethal injection in world history—and the last moments of Charlie Brooks's life.
Twenty-two years ago, a Texas Monthly writer heard about a Houston DJ whose slowed-down mixes had become the sound of the city.
For Texas Monthly’s latest cover story, our correspondent set out to capture the state’s plenitude of roadside quirks.
Reader letters published in our October 2022 issue.
Cecilia Ballí recalls reporting on her family’s legal victory over the lawyer who swindled the Ballís out of lucrative land rights on Padre Island.
The writer looks back on his 1998 reporting on an unforgettable murder plot that inspired the 2011 Richard Linklater film ‘Bernie.’
Patricia Sharpe recalls the smoked meats and mileage that went into Texas Monthly’s first-ever Top 50 barbecue list in May 1997.
Sarah Hepola’s cover story expertly examines the fifty-year history of the famous NFL cheerleading squad.
Her 1996 photo essay captured the joy and vitality of Andrew, Luke, and Owen Wilson's charmed youth in Dallas.
Reader letters published in our September 2022 issue.
When a family doctor spoke out about insurance companies ruining his practice, few expected his appeal would still resonate 27 years later.
Even when Bush was a complete political newcomer, Burka could see his potential to change Texas and usher in a yet-to-end Republican dynasty.
Texas Monthly writer Jan Jarboe Russell on profiling the larger-than-life Houston oilman Oscar Wyatt.
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The Beaumont photographer zeroed in on the dignity of East Texas residents in his 1989 Texas Monthly photo essay.
Reader letters published in our August 2022 issue.
Newly named senior editors Rose Cahalan and Ben Rowen elevate our coverage of Texas’s wildlife and wild politics.
Mimi Swartz reflects on her deep dive into Houston’s breast-implant boom and its larger-than-life profiteers.
Lawrence Wright gives us the story behind his Texas Monthly story on Madalyn Murray O’Hair.
“Your article may be an epitaph,” the then-president of the Houston Audubon Society told the writer.
Texas Monthly makes it official with senior editors Jason Heid and Michael Hardy.
Reader letters published in our July 2022 issue.
Texas Monthly writer Michael Ennis’s profile of museum director Walter Hopps took readers inside the Menil Collection’s founding.
No one had a deeper understanding of Texas power—its heroes and villains, its uses and abuses—than Paul.
Bobby Sakowitz dressed Houston’s most stylish through the seventies and eighties boom years. Then things went bust.
Joe Nocera’s pitched profile of then-little-known T. Boone Pickens got him unprecedented access to Pickens’s 1982 attempt to take over Cities Service.
Texas Monthly welcomes a new deputy editor for digital journalism and celebrates a strong awards showing.
Reader letters published in our June 2022 issue.
Jan Jarboe Russell reflects on an exciting moment in H-E-B’s (and Texas Monthly’s) history.
The legendary cattle empire had been largely closed off from the outside world until the magazine’s founding editor gained access to King Ranch.
Arts and entertainment editor Josh Alvarez gets into the spirit of the story, no matter what he's working on.
Reader letters published in our May 2022 issue.
William Martin’s journey from Rice professor to Billy Graham expert began with a simple assignment, one that would alter his life for decades to come.
Former staff writer Nicholas Lemann remembers how Exxon refused to cooperate with his story—and why that made all the difference.
Texas Monthly remembers Jim Darilek, an early art director who helped give the magazine its characteristic look and swagger.
Over several years, Richard West spent two months in seven Texas locales. His reporting eventually won the National Magazine Award.
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Reader letters published in our April 2022 issue.
Senior editor Dan Solomon reports on topics from the wacky to the weighty.
Greg Curtis’s first story about Sam Corey was supposed to be a colorful human interest piece, but in some ways it was actually the beginning of a heinous murder.
He was the magazine’s first big hire and—over the next few decades—delivered some of its most memorable stories.
A popular columnist embeds herself inside the exclusive world of girls’ summer camps.
Reader letters published in our March 2022 issue.
Three Texas Monthly staffers step into new roles as our storytelling expands.
Bill Broyles—now best known as a Hollywood screenwriter—remembers the magazine’s first issue.
Texas Monthly has a deal with HBO and is the new owner of ‘Texas Country Reporter.’
Reader letters published in our February 2022 issue.