Luke Darby is a freelance writer working in and around Cleveland after moving from the Gulf Coast to the North Coast. Currently he’s writing about education and local news for cleveland.com. In the past he’s written about topics ranging from fish-smoking techniques to corruption hearings against district attorneys.
Luke holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. Most recently he wrote for the Dallas Observer and various IND Media publications in southern Louisiana. While in grad school he interned at Newsweek International and the websites for The New Yorker and New York Magazine, and in undergrad at the Jackson Free Press.
Luke’s writing has appeared on the websites for NYMag.com and TheNewYorker.com, as well as the online and print editions of the Dallas Observer. His work is one of the top five hits on Google if you search for “best nachos Dallas.”
The IND Monthly, July 1, 2014
Dallas Observer Masterminds 2014
Dallas Observer, January 15, 2014, with Lauren Smart
The Weirdest Theater Mind in Dallas
Dallas Observer, August 8, 2013
Lyndon Baty and the Robot That Saved Him
Dallas Observer, May 16, 2013
Picked by Longreads as one of the “Top Five Longreads of the Week.”
My first hometown cover story, written for IND Monthly. Lafayette natives (and Lafayette enthusiasts), curious about the state of the taxi industry? Read on.
Dixie Land: Why Lafayette’s lone taxi company has a monopoly on business yet might not last another decade
The debate is finally settled: fish is meat. Bad news for everyone who observes Lent, but good news for fans of inventive barbecue. From the Dallas Observer‘s “Meat Week.”
Hot Smoking Fish Is a Fine and Delicious Art, but Is it Barbecue?
Flickr user Paul Lowry
One of the posts I most enjoyed writing in 2013. Have you ever wondered where museums keep everything they aren’t showing you?
An Adventure through the DMA’s Secret Underground Art Storage, Home to 20,000 Treasured Oddities
The Postal Service, via iPhone
Mother Can’t File Complaint Against DPD for Her Son’s Death Because She Doesn’t Live in Dallas June 14, 2013
Researchers Find North Texas Kids Have Higher Risks of Poverty, Food Instability, Mental Health Problems June 12, 2013
Fort Worth Representative Matt Krause Named Texas’ Most Homophobic Legislator June 10, 2013
New Study Says Vegetarians Live Longer, But at What Cost? June 4, 2013
The Postal Service at Verizon Theatre: “This is Love in the Modern Age, Folks” June 4, 2013
What We Learned from Ira Glass in Dallas, Including His Love of a Certain C-Word June 3, 2013
I started to contribute to the DO’s food blog, City of Ate, and proposed to hit up nacho places around Dallas. I thought it would be a great way to sample piles of nachos on the company dime, but going through five plates of nachos in 36 hours was a punishing idea. Hopefully there will be a sequel (I’m thinking of calling it “Nachocaplypse”) but I’m gonna need some time to recover first.
Infighting in the Pro-Life Movement Killed a Bill to Reform End-of-Life Care May 17, 2013
This Weekend’s Beer Pong Tourney in Addison Does Not Include Beer for Some Reason May 16, 2013
Dallas Interfaith Group to State Lawmakers: Expand Medicaid Now May 6, 2013
Searching for the Best Nachos in Dallas May 6, 2013
Six Years Later, Reunion Tower Observation Deck to Reopen With a New Look May 3, 2013
FDA Suddenly Cares About Caffeine Now That Wrigley is Putting It In Gum May 2, 2013
McDonald’s is Still Considering Making Breakfast an All-Day Thing. STILL. May 1, 2013
After All These Years, Eggs Are Still A Mystery Apr. 30, 2013
Pearl Cup to Open at AT&T Performing Arts Center Apr. 29, 2013