About Us

While we harbor no disrespect for the Wall Street Journal who called us “that scrappy little paper from Southeast Texas,” we prefer to think of ourselves as simple seekers of the truth. We’re of the opinion that headlines and sound bites never tell the whole story. Our readers demand all the facts, facets and flavors of every story or event. And, they expect to be informed, educated and stirred to action.

Since founded in 1996, we ask the questions others won’t. We’re not afraid to poke a sacred cow or call a pig with lipstick, well ... a pig. Our stories are the kind that move a community to action, create change and sometimes, even right a few wrongs. Our brand of hard hitting, no nonsense investigative news is the kind that people still talk about years later. Balanced with the most comprehensive coverage of community events and entertainment happenings in the area, we’re pleased to be the newsweekly that brings more of the community to our community.

An Award-Winning Local Newspaper

The Examiner has won many prestigious awards including:

National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest

  • 2010 "First Place Investigative Report"
  • 2010 "First Place Business Report"
  • 2010 "First Place Health and Environment"
  • 2009 Second Place "Best Weekly Newspaper" in US

Texas State Teacher’s Association

  • 2002 & 2003 Texas School Bell Award for Outstanding Continuous Coverage

American Cancer Society

  • 2004 Texas Media Awards Best Newspaper Weekly Feature

Press Club of Southeast Texas

  • First Place Newspaper Investigative Report First Place Newspaper Editorial Commentary First Place Non-Daily Newspaper Photography Outstanding Non-Daily Newspaper Award