Dallas Observer

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Dallas Observer
Type Alternative weekly
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Voice Media Group
Editor Joe Pappalardo
Managing editors Patrick Williams[1]
Founded October 2, 1980
Headquarters Dallas, Texas, USA
Circulation 60,000 (December 2013)[2]
ISSN 0732-0299
Website dallasobserver.com

The Dallas Observer, LP is a free alternative weekly newspaper distributed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and headquartered in Dallas.[3] At its inception in October, 1980, by partners Ken Kirk and Bob Walton, it was conceived as a weekly local arts and cinema review publication, with the credo "Advocate for Excellence in Arts and Entertainment" on the cover. For a time during the early years, the paper switched to a biweekly publishing schedule. In 1985, the paper reverted to a weekly schedule and began concentrating on local news as well as the arts. While it is now known for its investigative stories of the local government, it also covers local sports stories, restaurants, events, and concerts.

The former Mayor of Dallas, Laura Miller, previously worked as a reporter for the Dallas Observer.

In 1991 the Observer was bought by New Times Media.[4] In 2005, New Times both acquired and adopted the corporate name of Village Voice Media.[5] In September 2012, Village Voice Media executives Scott Tobias, Christine Brennan and Jeff Mars bought Village Voice Media's papers and associated web properties from its founders and formed Voice Media Group.[6]

The Dallas Observer is a member of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.


  1. Dallas Observer Staff. Retrieved July 24, 2011
  2. "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Alliance for Audited Media. December 31, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  3. "About Us." Dallas Observer. Retrieved on October 5, 2014. "Address: 2501 Oak Lawn Ave., Ste. 355, Dallas, TX 75219"
  4. Vane, Sharyn (November 1998). "Consider the Alternative". American Journalism Review. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  5. Richard Siklos (October 24, 2005). "The Village Voice, Pushing 50, Prepares to Be Sold to a Chain of Weeklies". The New York Times. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  6. "Village Voice Media Execs Acquire The Company’s Famed Alt Weeklies, Form New Holding Company". Tech Crunch. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 

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