Notable Alumni

Jean Andrews ('76 Ph.D.)
Deceased 1923-2010

Author and artist; known worldwide as "The Pepper Lady," wrote and illustrated American Wildflower Florilium, Peppers: The Domesticated Capsicums, The Pepper Trail: History and Recipes From Around the World and The Peppers Cookbook: 200 Recipes From The Pepper Lady's Kitchen

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Alan Lee Birkelbach ('78)

Award-winning poet and former Texas Poet Laureate

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Sarah Broom
Sarah Broom ('02)

National Book Award-winning author of The Yellow House

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Mike Cochran
Mike Cochran ('58)
Deceased 1936-2022

Longtime reporter for the Associated Press, author of several books about Cullen Davis and Clayton Williams

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Cynthia Izaguirre
Cynthia Izaguirre ('97)

Anchor for Dallas-Fort Worth news station WFAA, serving in one of the Top Five media markets in the nation

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David Lindsey ('70)

Edgar Award-nominated mystery writer with 14 books in print

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Larry McMurtry
Larry McMurtry ('58)
Deceased 1936-2021

Author; wrote Lonesome Dove, which won a Pulitzer Prize, and numerous other bestsellers including The Last Picture Show and Terms of Endearment; co-wrote the screen adaptation of Brokeback Mountain for which he shared the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay and an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Leila Meacham ('63)
Deceased 1938-2021

Author of the best-selling novels Roses and Tumbleweeds

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Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers

Television journalist; former chief correspondent for CBS Reports and senior news analyst for CBS News; former press secretary for President Lyndon Baines Johnson

Cleatus Rattan ('65, '69 M.Ed.)

Former Texas Poet Laureate and author of The Texas Review Poetry Prize-winning collection of poems, The Border

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Anne Rice
Deceased 1941-2021

Best-selling author of the Vampire Chronicles books

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Lexie Dean Robertson
Lexie Dean Robertson ('13)
Deceased 1893-1954

Former Texas Poet Laureate who was a charter member of the Texas Institute of Letters and whose poems appeared in Good Houskeeping, Ladies' Home Journal and other publications

Jan Seale ('69 M.A.)

Former Texas Poet Laureate, National Endowment for the Arts fellow and author of 20 books of short stories and poems whose works have been published in anthologies, newspapers and magazines and read on National Public Radio

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Howard Swindle ('68)
Deceased 1945-2004

Journalist, author, Pulitzer Prize winner

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