A Half-Century of Chronicling Texas

In celebration of our fiftieth anniversary, the February 2023 issue explores Texas icons of all shapes, sizes, species, and more, while telling stories of the characters, places, and institutions that have shaped the great state of Texas for the past fifty years.
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Texas Monthly Through the Years

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February 1973
Texas Monthly's first issue was published, selling around 35,000 copies.
After only one year of existence, the editorial staff’s efforts were rewarded with a National Magazine Award (the industry equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize) for specialized journalism.
Patricia Sharpe, the current executive editor and restaurant critic, joined Texas Monthly. Initially, she edited the magazine’s cultural and restaurant listings and wrote a consumer feature called Touts.
November 1995
Texas Monthly’s website launched.
January 2000
Mike Levy was presented with the Henry Johnson Fisher Award for Lifetime Achievement in the magazine industry by Magazine Publishers of America.
July 2007
David Courtney debuted his wildly popular advice column, the Texanist, regularly the magazine’s most-read feature.
September 2008
Texas Monthly launched the official Texas Monthly Facebook page.
September 2010
Texas Monthly held the first Texas Monthly BBQ Festival. Twenty joints from the 2008 issue top 50 list were featured.
July 2012
On July 26, 2012, Texas Monthly launched the official Texas Monthly Instagram account.
March 2013
Texas Monthly hired our first BBQ editor, Daniel Vaughn.
January 2018
Texas Monthly’s first podcast, the National Podcast of Texas, launched.
May 2018
Texas Monthly hosted its first Texas Monthly LIVE event.
September 2019
Texas Monthly hired its first taco editor, José Ralat.
December 2021
Texas Monthly struck a first-look deal with HBO.
December 2021
Texas Monthly acquired Texas Country Reporter.
November 2022
Texas Monthly’s BBQ Festival expanded to two days and moved its home base to Lockhart, Texas.
November 2022
Texas Monthly released the magazine’s first cookbook, The Big Texas Cookbook.

Stories That Shaped Our Past

Stories for All Y'all

Texas Monthly is excited to announce the magazine’s new brand campaign. With the help of PlotTwist Creativity out of Dallas, an advertising campaign was developed that puts Texas Monthly’s stories at the center. Thus, our new brand slogan, “Stories for All Y’all”, was born. Texas Monthly hopes that every Texan—and non-Texan, for that matter—can find a reflection of themselves in the pages of the magazine.

Cover Gallery

For fifty years, Texas Monthly has chronicled the state, covering blood-sport politics and bizarre crimes, inventive barbecue and taco joints, favorite swimming holes and honky-tonks, risk-defying wildcatters and other larger-than-life characters. With hundreds of issues in the archive, it’s impossible to pick favorites, so instead we have selected four themes that all readers of Texas Monthly will recognize: the stories, the characters, the land, and the traditions.

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We’d Love to Hear from You

Help Texas Monthly celebrate half a century of storytelling by calling in to share who or what your favorite Texas icons are and why. You can reach our voicemail prompt at (510) 838-1973.

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Behind the Lines:
The Art of Texas Monthly

From now until December 8, 2023, you can catch a glimpse into Texas Monthly’s art production from the past fifty years at the Behind The Lines: The Art of Texas Monthly exhibit at The Wittliff Collections. This exhibit will be highlighting original artwork and archival photographs found in Texas Monthly’s archive, and also featuring portrait photography published over the fifty-year run of Texas Monthly

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