Texas Black History Preservation Project
Roxanne Evans is a graduate of Drake University who has worked for nearly three decades in journalism and more than a decade in public service and politics. Roxanne did extensive reporting on Iowa Black History for the Des Moines Register and Tribune in the late 70’s and won an Iowa Associated Press Managing Editors’ First-Place Investigative Reporting award for her work on a series on Blacks in Iowa.
In 1983, she became a reporter at the Austin American-Statesman and within five years rose to become a member of the Editorial Board and served as Chief Editorial Writer. In 1988, Roxanne’s paper on “The History of Black Catholics in Texas” was placed in the Schomburg Center Collection for Research in Black Culture in New York with excerpts published in the Handbook of Texas.
She has also served as a deputy press secretary for Gov. Ann Richards, and continues to write for African American publications such as the Dallas Examiner, African-American News and Issues and has served as Editor-at-Large for Our Texas Magazine. Currently, she is a Communications Specialist with the Austin Independent School District.