The Texas Observer founding editor on investigative journalism
By Laura Garcia
Ronnie Dugger, founding editor and the publisher of The Texas Observer for 40 years, spoke to a group of students and guests Thursday afternoon for Mass Comm Week. Dugger, 82, suggested investigative stories that could be covered at Texas State University. He talked about nationally-renowned TV journalist Dan Rather and how Rather’s investigative piece about then-president George W. Bush’s military background cost him his job at CBS. He said to put yourself in your story and defend it. Dugger also offered this bit of advice for student journalists: you’ll need tenacity and courage.