Voice Media Group announced today that Joe Pappalardo
has been named editor-in-chief of the Dallas Observer.
The job will represent a homecoming for Pappalardo, who
worked as a staff writer at the Observer in the early aughts
before beginning a career with national magazines.
A 1995 graduate of the journalism school at the University
of Missouri, Pappalardo cut his teeth as a reporter at the
Mexico City Times, the Associated Press and the Corpus-
Christi Caller-Times before moving to the Observer.
He then went on to serve as associate editor for National
Defense magazine, associate editor for Smithsonian Air &
Space magazine, and senior editor for news at Popular
During his seven years at Popular Mechanics, Pappalardo
traveled to Afghanistan, Moscow and French Guiana on
assignment, penning long-form features while also helping
the magazine make a highly successful transition to daily
digital publishing. While at Air & Space, he also authored
the non-fiction book Sunflowers: The Secret History, which
was described by Entertainment Weekly as a â€œcompulsively
readableâ€ account of how sunflowers â€“ yes, sunflowers â€“
have shaped human history.
Pappalardo made his way back to Dallas last year, and has
continued to freelance for Popular Mechanics and
American Way magazine.
Heâ€™ll start at the Observer on December 7.