|Owner(s)||Voice Media Group|
|Managing editors||Patrick Williams|
|Founded||October 2, 1980|
|Headquarters||Dallas, Texas, USA|
|Circulation||43,810 (June 2016)|
The Dallas Observer is a free alternative weekly newspaper distributed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and headquartered in Dallas. It was started in October 1980 by partners Ken Kirk, Bob Walton, Jeff Wilmont, and Gregg Wurdeman as a weekly local arts and cinema review publication, with the credo "Advocate for Excellence in Arts and Entertainment" on the cover. For a time during its early years, the paper switched to a biweekly publishing schedule. In 1985, the paper reverted to a weekly schedule and began concentrating on local news as well as the arts. While it is now known for its investigative stories of the local government, it also covers local sports stories, restaurants, events, and concerts.
In 1991 the Observer was bought by New Times Media. In 2005, New Times both acquired and adopted the corporate name of Village Voice Media. In September 2012, Village Voice Media executives Scott Tobias, Christine Brennan and Jeff Mars bought Village Voice Media's papers and associated web properties from its founders and formed Voice Media Group.
The Dallas Observer is a member of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.
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