Meet our founder
Robert Moore has been a journalist for 38 years, most of it in El Paso. He currently is president and CEO of El Paso Matters, a nonprofit news organization he founded that began publishing in February 2020. In its first few months, El Paso Matters was named one of four finalists for the Online News Association’s General Excellence in Online Journalism Award.
Moore has written about border issues for the Washington Post, ProPublica, Texas Monthly and other media outlets. In 2020, he was the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for work that showed that the Border Patrol ignored the worsening condition of a 16-year-old boy who later died of the flu in his cell. He also was part of a Washington Post team that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for coverage of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio. In 2013, while serving as editor of the El Paso Times, he was presented the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award from the National Press Foundation, the nation’s highest honor for a newspaper editor.
Moore graduated with high honors from the University of Texas at El Paso, earning a B.A. in political science in 1998. He also attended the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo.
Moore serves on the board of United Way of El Paso County, where he chairs the Education Community Impact Committee, and El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank. He previously has served on the boards of El Paso’s Center Against Sexual and Family Violence and the Child Crisis Center. He is a past president of the Colorado Press Association and Texas Associated Press Managing Editors. He is married to Kate Gannon, an assistant professor of practice in UTEP’s Communications Department.