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Michael King

Staff Writer

TWITTER: @PointAustin

Staff writer and former news editor Michael King has reported on city and state politics for the Chronicle since 2000. He was educated at Indiana University and Yale, and from 1977 to 1985 taught at UT-Austin. He has been the editor of the Houston Press and The Texas Observer, and has reported and written widely on education, politics, and cultural subjects.

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Point Austin: Torture and History

Revelations of the Bush torture programs are only the first step

News Column, Apr. 24, 2009

Point Austin: Astroturf and Grass

More than one way to spark a demonstration

News Column, Apr. 17, 2009

Point Austin: Madness in Many Packages

From Highland Mall to PACT, the lunatics are at large

News Column, Apr. 10, 2009

Point Austin: Campaign Trailing

A few notes from the run-up to your own participatory government

News Column, Apr. 3, 2009

Point Austin: Legitimate Public Concern

The Keller prosecution is an enduring stain on Austin's honor and sense of justice

News Column, Mar. 27, 2009

Point Austin: Removing the Mask

Hard times reveal the way things actually work

News Column, Mar. 20, 2009


Reviews and interviews

Screens Feature, Mar. 20, 2009

Point Austin: Indelicate Balances

Political compromise depends on who's holding the cards

News Column, Mar. 13, 2009

Point Austin: Give Perry a Brain Scan

Governors who reject federal stimulus money need their heads examined

News Column, Mar. 6, 2009

Point Austin: Board Games

The AISD trustees play superintendent poker – by uneven rules

News Column, Feb. 27, 2009

Point Austin: Levy Steps Back ... and Shoots Long

Running the city is easier campaigned than done

News Column, Feb. 20, 2009

Point Austin: Welcome to Hard Times

Ausitn Interfaith's summit addresses economic plans, current crisis

News Column, Feb. 13, 2009

Point Austin: The Way of the Strayhorn

Carole's for Austin. Is Austin for Carole?

News Column, Feb. 6, 2009

Point Austin: Left Unstated

A few omissions in the governor's State of the State

News Column, Jan. 30, 2009

Point Austin: 'Embrace What Is Right'

On Obama, what it means … and what it doesn't

News Column, Jan. 23, 2009

Disagreeing to Agree

With contract negotiations suspended, Austin firefighters look inward for a change

News Feature, Jan. 16, 2009

Point Austin: MUD Rising

Canyon Creek voting-rights lawsuit goes to the Supremes

News Column, Jan. 16, 2009

Welcome to the 81st

Will a new speaker and more Democrats spell 'change' at the Capitol?

News Feature, Jan. 9, 2009

Point Austin: Welcome to 2009

From foreign wars to local follies, the world still turns

News Column, Jan. 9, 2009

City to Firefighters: No More Talks

The AFA asks to resume negotiations – Ott says no

News Feature, Jan. 2, 2009

Point Austin: A Few More Shoes

An Iraqi journalist waves goodbye to the Bush era

News Column, Dec. 26, 2008

Gale Rumor Untrue

Speculation about cause of death lead to inaccurate accusations about shelter provision

News Daily, Dec. 19, 2008 6:42 PM

Point Austin: Bernanke Speaks

The Fed chairman visits, and the news is very mixed

News Column, Dec. 5, 2008

Busted in Aspen, Sued in Denver

Kirk Mitchell of SOS sued for battery in federal court

News Feature, Dec. 5, 2008

Point Austin: Giving Thanks

In a dark time, among us walk ordinary heroes

News Column, Nov. 28, 2008

Point Austin: Unaccountable

In the public school testing frenzy, responsibility and consequences flow only downward

News Column, Nov. 21, 2008

Point Austin: Nobody in Charge

For the Cap Metro chaos, blame a feckless board

News Column, Nov. 14, 2008

President-Elect Obama

Ending the politics of fear and hate

News Feature, Nov. 7, 2008


Voters support pay raise

News Feature, Nov. 7, 2008

Point Austin: We Won!

Celebrating 'the fierce urgency of now'

News Column, Nov. 7, 2008

Liveable City

Nonprofit group releases report advocating passage of Stop Domain Subsidies charter amendment

News Feature, Oct. 31, 2008

Point Austin: The Stakes

From the statehouse to D.C., the journey begins with a single vote

News Column, Oct. 31, 2008

Point Austin: A Family Matter

Cap Metro employees face another stark decision on their livelihoods

News Column, Oct. 24, 2008

Point Austin: Unpropped

Prop. 2 is about much more than a vote against the Domain

News Column, Oct. 17, 2008

Point Austin: Ounces of Prevention, Or

How is a Health Clinic Not Like an Investment Bank?

News Column, Oct. 10, 2008

Point Austin: Money for Nothing

After the bailout, what then?

News Column, Oct. 3, 2008

Point Austin: Under Water

James Galbraith on the prospects of an economic bailout

News Column, Sep. 26, 2008

Point Austin: Charlie Wilson's Chair

When the legend becomes fact, endow the legend

News Column, Sep. 19, 2008

Point Austin: More Mavericks

You need a Texas scorecard to sort out the pretenders from the real thing

News Column, Sep. 12, 2008

Point Austin: Meet the Republicans

The Republicans hold their convention while licking their wounds

News Column, Sep. 5, 2008

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