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Pamela Colloff

Austin, TX
Executive Editor — Texas Monthly
As seen in: Texas Monthly

Executive Editor & staff writer at @TexasMonthly, mostly covering crime. Longform aficionado, storyteller, skeptic.

UT-Austin Runner Tweets Her Olympic Aspirations Into Existence — Five years ago, then-seventeen-year-old Morolake Akinosun tweeted about her plans for 2016: becoming a college graduate and competing in the Olympics. Akinosun said she'd forgotten about that tweet until Timehop-an app that shows you your social media activity from that day in years past-reminded her of it.

How to Beat the Heat — This time last year was the beginning of a record-busting heat wave that gripped the state, with several cities experiencing fifty-plus days of consecutive 100-plus temperatures and an average summer temperature of 86.7 degrees in 2011. Spring rains cooled things off, but the first day of summer is still approaching and with it expect above-average temperatures, according to John Nielsen-Gammon, the state's climatologist.

Voter Fraud and the Integrity of Our Elections — Yesterday, Texas and the Justice Department announced an agreement concerning the 2011 voter ID law that requires anyone voting in person to show one of seven forms of government-issued photo identification. The measure has been fiercely contested since its passage on the basis that it has a discriminatory impact on black and Hispanic Texans, who are disproportionately likely to lack any of the identification in question.

Dixie Chicks: Long Time Gone — On July 6, 2003, the Dixie Chicks disembarked from a plane at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and climbed directly into police vehicles bound for the American Airlines Center. It had been nearly three months since Natalie Maines told a London crowd she was "ashamed" that President George W.

The State of Texas: Tax-Free Weekend! — "Tear up Texas." -An undercover FBI agent to Elton Simpson, prior to his shooting attack on a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Garland last year, according to The Intercept . The undercover agent's online correspondence with Simpson was revealed in court documents related to this week's arrest of a North Carolina man suspected of recruiting people online to join ISIS.

Should Texas Republicans Be Worried About The State Of Their County Organizations? — Back in March, Dallas Republicans elected Mark Montgomery to lead their county party. He took office in June, and according to its Facebook page, the party was excited to have the 67-year-old in charge.

Taco-ing About Southmost — Chances are you got that taco you're eating by getting in your car and driving to an establishment like Torchy's or Taco Deli, where you're devouring it in a clean, air-conditioned environment. How convenient-and inauthentic. Tacos are street food. They're intended to be enjoyed on the go.

Planet Texas: The Search For Texas Food Abroad — Back in the early 1990s, I spent three years abroad. I worked as a mail clerk and cut lawns in a small cities in Lancashire, England; I laid irrigation pipe, pruned tomato plants, boxed melons, peeled spuds, and chopped fennel on two Israeli kibbutzim; and I engaged in that most stereotypical of Gen X slacker overseas tropes: doing the Prague thing, where I pretended to be a writer by swilling copious cheap-but-delicious pivo and acted moody.

As Investigators, They Are Out Standing in Their Field

The Life and Times of Matthew McConaughey’s Personal Brand — This week, Wild Turkey announced that Matthew McConaughey would be the Kentucky bourbon brand's newest creative director. The Internet reacted as expected: with the collective "Say wha? Oh. Hm. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯", which is basically the series of emotions one experiences when hearing about the career choices of a man who used to brush his teeth exclusively on the beach.
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Oct 21, 2016

RT @marykarrlit: Brevity is the sister of talent.-- Chekov

Oct 20, 2016

@DriverContainer @sarahw So thrilled! Director @keithmaitland taught me so much. I think the storytelling, pacing & emotion of it is perfect

Oct 20, 2016

@DriverContainer Just seeing this now--thank you SO much for going!!

Oct 19, 2016

@nicolebrca Ha! If only we could turn the clock back to a certain story we worked on together in 2010 :)

Oct 19, 2016

Magazine articles now qualify for Pulitzers because “distinctions among [different types of media] have blurred" 

Oct 18, 2016

What a slow news day looks like in Austin, Texas: "Suspicious package determined to be jar of okra." 

Oct 18, 2016

@lizweil Ha! Now we need mental health care because of our writing.

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