i’ve published more than 1,000 reported features and commentary pieces for texas monthly since september 2013. here are ten of each that i’m proud of. the full archive is here and here.

REPORTING:


Silence At Baylor
the story that broke the baylor university sexual assault scandal

 

The Alex Jones Show
what i learned from two weeks at the alex jones custody trial

 

Showtime At the Alamo
on how the alamo drafthouse became a major player in the movie business


The Woman Behind The ‘Boys
a profile of dallas cowboys vice-president charlotte jones anderson

 


Does The Green Party Matter?
on the 2016 green party national convention in houston

 

How Are Texas Elected Officials Dealing With An Unusual Amount Of Constituent Engagement?
on texas republicans avoiding their constituents in the immediate wake of trump’s inauguration

 


Whatever Happened To The ‘Unruly Mob’?
on the coalition that formed around the wendy davis filibuster, from the steps of the u.s. supreme court that overturned the law

 


Put To The Test
a profile of three texas families participating in clinical trials of cbd oil to treat children with intractable epilepsy

 


Get Bucky
on the surprisingly heated battle in the rio grande valley over the identity of the new UT-RGV campus’s mascot

 


Clear Eyes, Full Wallets
on the most expensive—and structurally unsound—high school football stadium in allen, texas

 


Because Everything Is Tinier In Texas
on the delightful plan to replace the astrodome with a tiny astrodome in the middle of a park

 

COMMENTARY:


Who Gets To Keep Austin Weird?
on the murals that get protected and the murals that get painted over in austin as the city develops

 


When Is The Right Time For A Paul Qui Redemption Story?
a response to attempts to rehabilitate the image of celebrity chef paul qui after his arrest on domestic violence charges

 


What Does A Culture That Values “Blue Lives” Look Like?
on texas’s proposed “blue lives matter” laws that would increase penalties for disrespecting the authority of police

 


Johnny Manziel Isn’t A Joke To The Women He’s Accused Of Beating Up
on treating johnny manziel’s domestic violence arrest as yet another punchline about a failed quarterback

 


Deep Dish In The Heart Of Texas
what it was like when a chicago-style pizza chain i grew up with opened a location near my house in texas

 


Austin Tech Bros From #BeSomebody Are Losing the Fight They Picked Against Local High School Students
on an austin startup’s embarrassing attempt to get teenagers to take them seriously

 


Okay, So, Renee Zellweger
a response to media commentary that suggested that renee zellweger had extensive plastic surgery and no longer looked like herself

 


Crossing The Line
a column on police violence in texas following the mckinney pool party and the death of sandra bland

 


Why It Matters That Austin’s Black Population Is Being Pushed To The Suburbs
on suggestions that austin’s shrinking african-american population was mitigated by the rising population in nearby suburbs

 


What Happened In McKinney
on the mckinney pool party incident, the day after it happened