May 22, 2023

Season 2 Episode 14

A Journalist's Take On Planning


Megan KimbLE

Accomplished journalist Megan Kimble is an unofficial planner. Her work has included many pieces on various aspects of planning including food systems, affordable housing and zoning, as well as transportation. Megan stops by the Commission to chat about her perspectives on our industry and provides highly unique insights. 


Megan Kimble is an Austin-based investigative journalist, author, and editor. Formerly the executive editor at the Texas Observer, a statewide nonprofit news outlet, she’s written about housing and transportation for The New York Times, Texas Monthly, The Guardian, and Bloomberg’s CityLab. Kimble is the author of Unprocessed: My City-Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food (William Morrow 2015), a memoir of her year-long journey of eating only whole, unprocessed foods, intertwined with a journalistic exploration of what “unprocessed” really means, why it matters, and how to afford it. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Arizona.

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Wild Turkey Longbranch

This whiskey was chosen for its Texas origins, which is where Megan Kimble is doing her work today. Longbranch has a great mellowing process similar to Tennessee whiskies, but with mesquite to reflect its Texas roots.

An Image of Commissioner Kostelec holding a bottle of Wild Turkey Longbranch Whiskey

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