Award-winning writer Pamela Colloff will leave Texas Monthly for a dual role with ProPublica and the New York Times Sunday Magazine.
As the Times magazine writer-at-large, Colloff will be reunited with former Texas Monthly Executive Editor Jake Silverstein, whom the Times brought in a few years ago to upgrade the weekly. ProPublica is an online news cooperative dedicated to investigative journalism.
Colloff, who's won a National Magazine Award and been nominated several other times, will remain in Texas and do articles for both organizations, a further consolidation of their previous shared projects.
Texas Monthly was one of several magazines recently sold by the Emmis Corp., including Atlanta magazine. Emmis will concentrate on its radio holdings.
A Texas Monthly editor recently disturbed longtime fans of the magazine's investigative pieces and "long form" articles by announcing more emphasis on fluffy lifestyle pieces.
I hope Colloff boosts the Sunday Times magazine. Although she gushed about rejoining Silverstein, I've considered his editorship of the Times magazine spotty. After drudging through the gray pages of the Times' Sunday newspaper, I often toss the Sunday magazine unread into the recycling bin.
Also hope Colloff is more active than Maureen Dowd. A few months ago, the Times announced with great fanfare that Dowd would be cutting her op-ed contribution to her Sunday column, and join the Sunday magazine as a staff writer. As best as I can tell, Dowd has yet to produce one piece for the Sunday magazine.