The Texas Observer writes about issues ignored or underreported in the mainstream press. Our goal is to cover stories crucial to the public interest and to provoke dialogue that promotes democratic participation and open government, in pursuit of a vision of Texas where education, justice and material progress are available to all.


The Texas Observer was established as a 501 (c)(3) organization in 1994 (but the Observer newspaper was originally founded in 1954 by Frankie Randolph)

Office Location:307 W. 7th St. Austin, TX

501 (c)(3) organization


Ronnie Dugger

Executive Director:

Bob Moser (editor); Texas Democracy Foundation Board of Directors is the current publisher (position currently vacant)

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Annual operating budget:

$1 million

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Editorial/ethics policy statement:

No (privacy policy statement only)

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The Texas Observer has won a number of awards, including 42 awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies; awards from the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors Excellence in State Government Reporting and the Houston Environmental Coalition; the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award; a  James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism and three State Bar of Texas Gavel Awards. It has also been recognized for Best Political Coverage by The Utne Reader, and been a finalist for the National Magazine Award.

Contact: or 512-477-0746; 800-939-6620 (toll free)

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