Joe Holley

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Journalist and author Joe Holley is our guest this week. The recent Pulitzer Finalist will be chatting with us about his illustrious writing career.

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Joe Holley

Joe Holley is a longtime journalist who currently writes the “Native Texan” column for the Houston Chronicle. He joined the Chronicle in 2009 as politics editor and became a columnist and editorial writer in 2013. He has recently been named Pulitzer Finalist along with Evan Mintz for editorials in the Houston Chronicle on gun laws, gun culture and gun tragedies.

Joe has been an award-winning editorial page editor and columnist for newspapers in San Diego and San Antonio, staff writer for the Washington Post, editor of the Texas Observer, and frequent contributor to Texas Monthly. He was Ann Richards’ speechwriter when she was governor of Texas and has taught journalism at several universities.

Joe also has authored several books, including, Slingin’ Sam: The Life and Times of the Greatest Quarterback to Ever Play the Game, and the novel, The Purse Bearer: A Novel of Love, Lust and Texas Politics His numerous awards and recognitions include the Duke Media Fellowship, The Jim Lehrer Award, PEN West Literary Award, AP Excellence Award, Three SDX awards, and Editor of San Diego Tribune editorial page that won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize.

Joe is a native Texan, born and raised in Waco. He received his bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Columbia University. He has four grown children and lives in Houston with his wife, Laura Tolley.

This fall, Joe has two books coming out, Quotable Texas from Trinity University Press, and Hometown Texas  with photos by Peter Brown,  from Maverick Books.

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