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Ronnie Dugger on Rag Radio 6-8-12
Brad Buchholz of the Austin American-Statesman called Ronnie Dugger “the godfather of progressive journalism in Texas.” Dugger, born in Chicago, educated in San Antonio and at UT-Austin and Oxford, was the founding editor of The Texas Observer from 1954 to 1961, and later served as the Observer’s publisher, spending more than 40 years with the crusading Texas tabloid. In 1966 he proposed and co-founded the Alliance for Democracy, a national grass-roots anti-big-corporate organization.
Dugger edited Three Men in Texas, Bedichek, Webb, and Dobie for UT Press, and wrote a book about a Texas pilot who helped bomb Hiroshima, biographies of Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan, and a book about Our Invaded Universities. He has written hundreds of articles for such publications as Harper's, Atlantic, The Nation, The New Yorker, and The Progressive. He has taught at the University of Virginia, Hampshire College, and the University of Illinois, and has held fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Shorenstein Center at the Kennedy School, Harvard.
Ronnie Dugger, who won the 2011 George Polk Award for his career in journalism, has influenced and mentored such progressive journalists as Willie Morris, Molly Ivins, Billy Lee Brammer, Bill Moyers, Lawrence Goodwyn, and Jim Hightower. He recently moved back to Austin from Cambridge, Mass.
Please read "Ronnie Dugger: LBJ, The Texas Observer & Me" at The Rag Blog (http://theragblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/ronnie-dugger-lbj-texas-observer-...)
Host and producer: Thorne Dreyer Co-producer and engineer: Tracey Schulz Video Produced/Edited by Jeff Zavala. Filmed by Grace Alfar. A ZGraphix Production. http://zgraphix.org