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Texas Monthly cover of January 2007 issue

Texas Monthly is a monthly American magazine headquartered north of Downtown Austin, Texas. Founded in 1973 by Michael R. Levy, Texas Monthly chronicles life in contemporary Texas, writing on politics, the environment, industry, and education. The magazine also covers leisure topics such as music, art, dining, and travel. Texas Monthly has a paid circulation of 300,000 and is read by more than 2,500,000 people each month — one out of seven Texas adults. Texas Monthly is published by Emmis Publishing, L.P. Its audience comprises about an equal number of men and women, most of whom are between the ages of 30 and 55.


Subject matter

Texas Monthly takes as its premise that Texas began as a distinctive place and remains so. It is the self-appointed arbiter of all things culturally Texan, with past articles on Texas BBQ, the Texas Rangers (including Joaquin Jackson's famous 1994 cover appearance), and Texas musicians.

Texas Monthly's annual "Bum Steer Awards" poke fun at Texas politicians and policies, odd Texas-related news items and personalities from the previous year. Anna Nicole Smith (prior to her death) was a perennial "winner." Other Bum Steer 'Hall of Famers' include Ross Perot, Tom DeLay, and Jessica Simpson.

The magazine's current editor (as of 2009) is Jake Silverstein.[1]


The magazine has received ten National Magazine Awards:[2]

  • General Excellence - 2009, 2003, 1992, 1990
  • Public Interest - 1996, for "Not What the Doctor Ordered" by Mimi Swartz
  • Photography - 1990
  • Reporting - 1985, for "The Man in the Black Hat" (part 1 and 2) by Paul Burka
  • Public Service - 1980, for "Why Teachers Can't Teach" by Gene Lyons
  • Reporting - 1979, for a three-part series by Richard West
  • Outstanding Editorial Achievement in Special Journalism - 1974

A full list of awards is on Texas Monthly's website.


The complete archives of Texas Monthly (1972-present) are located at the Wittliff collections of Southwestern Writers, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.[3]


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