An association for alumni and supporters of The Daily Texan, student newspaper at the University of Texas at Austin

News & Updates

Liz Smith, renowned gossip columnist, Daily Texan Hall of Fame honoree, dies at 94

Liz Smith, well-known gossip columnist and former Daily Texan staffer, died at age 94 at her home in Manhattan on Sunday, Nov. 12. She was also a 2015 inductee in The Daily Texan Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Friends of The Daily Texan, Inc. Below is her obituary from The New York Times:   The New York Times Liz Smith, the longtime queen of New York’s tabloid gossip columns, who for more than three decades chronicled little triumphs and trespasses in the soap-opera lives of the rich, the famous and the merely beautiful, died on Sunday at her home in Manhattan. […]

Read more

Two Texan editors join Friends of The Texan board

Daily Texan Editor-in-Chief Laura Hallas and Managing Editor Michelle Zhang have joined the board of Friends of The Daily Texan Inc. Friends of The Daily Texan, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to lend support and assistance to The Daily Texan, an institution at the University of Texas at Austin since 1900. Members include alumni of The Texan, plus other supporters of a free and unfettered student media at UT. The board consists of  media professionals and other supporters of The Texan. It also includes the sitting Editor-in-Chief and the Managing Editor, whi have full voting rights and responsibilities on […]

Read more

Photographer/digital pioneer joins Friends board

Stanley Farrar, a long-time photographer and newsroom digital pioneer, has joined the board of directors of Friends of The Daily Texan, Inc. After graduation with a philosophy degree from UT Austin, Stanley worked as photographer and photo director for Texas Student Publications. He then went to the Associated Press Washington, D.C. bureau as a picture editor and came back to Austin as director of photography and graphics at the Austin American- Statesman. After seven years at the Statesman, he began a 25-year stint with The Seattle Times. He began as Assistant Managing Editor for photography, design and graphics and took on representing […]

Read more

Alumni Spotlight: Austin Chronicle editor looks back on almost four-decade career at alternative weekly paper

Alumni Spotlight: Austin Chronicle editor looks back on almost four-decade career at alternative weekly paper

In 1981, Louis Black started a job in Austin that he thought would last only a year. He helped launch The Austin Chronicle, which became one of the most successful alternative weeklies in the country. Black recently announced that he is stepping down from his job of 36 years. Early on, it was a nightmare. The staff was tiny, the news hole huge, the budget low, the skepticism about its success high. “We ran out of money after eight months,” Black recalled. “For a very long time, it was a real struggle. We were worried all the time. It was […]

Read more

Pulitzer Prize winners, filmmaker, cartoonist, sports writers top list of former Texan staffers honored Nov. 3

Eleven former Daily Texan staffers  – including a well-known filmmaker, a respected Texas state senator, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, a university president, the man who built the Dallas Cowboys franchise, two sportswriters and columnists who covered the early Cowboy years and a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist – will be honored at the Friends of The Daily Texan Awards Dinner Nov. 3 at the University of Texas-Austin. University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven will be the keynote speaker at the fifth annual gathering, hosted by Friends of The Daily Texan, Inc., a non-profit group supporting The Texan through financial contributions […]

Read more

Alumni Spotlight: Texas Monthly Food Editor Patricia Sharpe

Alumni Spotlight: Texas Monthly Food Editor Patricia Sharpe

Texas Monthly Food Editor Patricia Sharpe has worked at the magazine since 1974, when she started out editing the cultural and restaurant listings. She eventually focused exclusively on food, and her writing has won numerous awards, including a James Beard Foundation award for magazine food writing for her story “Confessions of a Skinny Bitch,” about her career as a restaurant critic. Her humorous story “War Fare,” an account of living for 48 hours on military MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), was included in the anthology Best Food Writing 2002. Many of her stories appear in the 2008 collection Texas Monthly […]

Read more

UT System Chancellor William McRaven to give keynote at Nov. 3 annual event

Friends of The Daily Texan. will induct 11 new Daily Texan Hall of Fame members and host University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven as keynote speaker at its fifth annual gathering Nov. 3 at The Texas Union. The gathering will be in the Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom in The Texas Union on the UT campus in Austin. The Nov. 3 event will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Registration to attend the event, which is open to the public, will begin in early July. Since its inception, the Friends group has recognized […]

Read more

UT science is cool — and the summer managing editor wants to tell readers all about it

UT science is cool — and the summer managing editor wants to tell readers all about it

The Daily Texan’s newest managing editor is a former church pianist from Dublin — the town in Texas, not Ireland — who was so torn between her interests in science and journalism that she decided to combine the two and pursue a career as a science writer. Eva Frederick will be juggling those dual interests this summer. In addition to her responsibilities at The Texan, she is holding down a full-time editorial internship with Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. It may sound like a lot of work for one summer, but Frederick isn’t fazed. “I can be here every evening,” […]

Read more

Gaylon Finklea Hecker’s tale of persistence

Pre-Watergate-era reporter devotes life’s work to documenting ordinary detail with humanity and compassion Gaylon Finklea Hecker served as a general assignments reporter and editor during her University of Texas career. The Daily Texan proved an ample training ground for skills like deadline diligence and fact-finding, and the newsroom atmosphere honed Hecker’s natural nose for story and emotion. She continued on to award-winning tenures at the San Antonio Light and San Antonio Express-News, and after 35 years of interviews—along with a lot of diligence and faith—Gaylon is nearing the publication of “A Sense of Place: Famous Native Texans Remember Their Childhood,” […]

Read more

Q&A: Outgoing Daily Texan Editor-in-Chief Alexander Chase

Q&A: Outgoing Daily Texan Editor-in-Chief Alexander Chase

The editorship of The Daily Texan has been a springboard to journalistic success for many. After all, the paper has won more national, regional and state awards than any other college newspaper in America and counts 10 Pulitzer Prize winners among its former staffers. Alexander Chase is the latest in a long line of editors steering the course of this venerable publication. Chase graduated from Royse City High School and is an economics and Plan II senior, pursuing a Bridging Disciplines Program certificate in public policy. “I was introduced to the BDP program through the Rapoport Service Scholarship program, which […]

Read more
Page 1 of 712345...Last »