Author. Journalist. Texan.
RICHARD PARKER is an award-winning journalist, author and publisher, today chronicling the ever-changing and ever-growing American Southwest, as well as Mexico, from Houston to San Diego. He writes about the region for The New York Times Op-Ed, Sunday Review and The Magazine.
Having won numerous awards, he was named the number one columnist in America recently in digital media, by The National Society of Newspaper Columnists, for his coverage of the 2019 El Paso massacre, the deadliest attack on Latinos in American history -- and the worst domestic terrorist attack since the 1997 Oklahoma City bombing.
He has written a regular column for the biggest, most influential newspapers in Texas, the Houston Chronicle and The Dallas Morning News. His work has appeared regularly in The Atlantic, Politico Magazine, Texas Monthly, The New Republic, the Columbia Journalism Review and other leading publications.
In addition to the region he writes about globalization, energy, climate, migration and national security. He has taught journalism at major universities, worked as a publisher, editor, Washington correspondent, national correspondent and war correspondent covering two presidential elections and three armed conflicts.
He has won numerous awards, accolades and fellowships. In 2019, NBC News named him one of the nation's 20 most influential Latinos. He earned a B.A. in political science at Trinity University and an M.A. in political science at Tulane University. He still calls Texas home.