RICHARD PARKER is an award-winning journalist and author, chronicling the ever-changing and ever-growing American Southwest, as well as Mexico. He writes about the region for The New York Times Op-Ed, Sunday Review and The Magazine.
The winner of numerous awards, in 2020 he was named the number one columnist in America in digital media, by The National Society of Newspaper Columnists, for his coverage of the 2019 El Paso massacre. It was the deadliest attack on Latinos in American history -- and the worst act of domestic terrorism since the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
He has written a regular column for the biggest 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 was nationally syndicated by the Tribune Company.
He began his career in New Orleans, joined the Pulitzer Prize-winning Albuquerque Journal, Knight-Ridder's Washington bureau and was associate publisher of The New Republic. He has been an editor, Washington correspondent, national correspondent and war correspondent covering two presidential elections and three armed conflicts. He served as a consultant to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in 2000 and 2001. In 2019, NBC News named him one of the nation's 20 most influential Latinos.
Fluent in Spanish, he earned a B.A. in political science at Trinity University and an M.A. at Tulane University. He still calls Texas home.