THE TEXAS DEMOCRACY FOUNDATION

aka The Texas Observer   |   Austin, TX   |  www.texasobserver.org

Mission

We will serve no group or party but will hew hard to the truth as we find it and the right as we see it. We are dedicated to the whole truth, to human values above all interests, to the rights of humankind as the foundation of democracy. We will take orders from none but our own conscience, and never will we overlook or misrepresent the truth to serve the interests of the powerful or cater to the ignoble in the human spirit.

Ruling year info

1994

Publisher

Michael Kanin

Editor

Forrest Wilder

Main address

54 Chicon Street

Austin, TX 78702 USA

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EIN

74-2619883

NTEE code info

Printing, Publishing (A33)

Women's Rights (R24)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

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Investigative Journalism

The Texas Observer is an Austin-based nonprofit news organization known for fearless investigative reporting, narrative storytelling and sophisticated cultural criticism about all things Texan. The nonprofit Texas Democracy Foundation publishes the Texas Observer bimonthly magazine and texasobserver.org.

Since its founding in 1954, the Observer has covered issues that are often ignored or underreported by other media. We strive to expose injustice and to produce the kind of impact journalism that changes people’s lives for the better. Our thoughtful arts and culture coverage recognizes the diversity and talent of Texas’ creative community.

Our guiding light continues to be our founding mission statement:

We will serve no group or party but will hew hard to the truth as we find it and the right as we see it. We are dedicated to the whole truth, to human values above all interests, to the rights of humankind as the foundation of democracy. We will take orders from none but our own conscience, and never will we overlook or misrepresent the truth to serve the interests of the powerful or cater to the ignoble in the human spirit.

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Charting impact

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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.

We staff excellent writers that are aligned with our mission and assign stories to freelancers that are trying to achieve the same goal as us. We host panels and discussions to continue dialogue about the stories we write about.

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THE TEXAS DEMOCRACY FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 3/31/2021
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Board chair

Abby Rapoport