Richard Parker is an author and award-winning journalist who writes about the forces of change in contemporary society, economics and politics.
His work includes Lone Star Nation: How Texas Will Transform America, published by Pegasus Books of New York. He is an Op-Ed contributor to The New York Times and a columnist for The Dallas Morning News. His work appears in The Atlantic, Politico Magazine, Smithsonian Air & Space, The New Republic, Field & Stream and the Columbia Journalism Review. Subjects include: Texas, Mexico, the American Southwest, history, domestic politics and policy, national security and defense.
He has twice been named the visiting professional in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and most recently served as lecturer of practice in journalism at Texas State University. He has worked as a publisher, editor, national correspondent and Washington correspondent as well as abroad including coverage of conflict in the Balkans, the Middle East and Latin America. He has won numerous awards including a 2013 award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists for his work in the Times, was a team recipient of a 2011 New Media Award and won a prize for short fiction from the National Press Club.
A repeat winner of the E.H. Schaeffer Award for In-Depth Reporting and the Associated Press Managing Editors' Award, he is a fellow of the Council for the United States and Italy as well as the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He earned a B.A. in political science at Trinity University and an M.A. in political science at Tulane University. The father of two daughters, he resides in the Texas Hill Country outside of Austin.
"With his keen observations and spritely prose, Richard Parker shows he can bring a reporter’s sensibility to any topic—from the famed counterculture of Austin to a sharp piece of presidential campaign analysis and even a richly woven Civil War battle story. Parker lathers his pieces with detail and immediate facts, exuding the persuasive voice of someone who knows what he’s talking about" -Chad Lorenz, Slate
The Dallas Morning News
The New York Times
Columbia Journalism Review
The New Republic