Pam Colloff speaks to students from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin in June 2011. Colloff is an executive editor at TEXAS MONTHLY, and has been writing for the magazine since 1997. Her work has also appeared in The New Yorker and has been anthologized in three editions of Best American Crime Reporting.
Colloff has been a finalist for two National Magazine Awards, first in 2001 for an article on school prayer, and again in 2011 for her two-part series, “Innocence Lost” and “Innocence Found,” on wrongly-convicted death row inmate Anthony Graves. One month after the publication of “Innocence Lost,” the Burleson County district attorney’s office dropped all charges against Graves and released him from jail, where he had been awaiting retrial. Colloff’s article—an exhaustive examination of Graves’s case—was credited with helping Graves win his freedom after eighteen years behind bars.