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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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On the Edges of Gentrification, Planning a Different East Riverside Drive

City’s declared goals for the corridor and those of private developers do not necessarily coincide

News Feature, Feb. 14, 2019

Defend Our Hoodz Gets Mixed Up With Arts District, Presidium, Chronicle

News Feature, Feb. 14, 2019

Point Austin: “Show Us Your Papers”

The Whitley fiasco and the persistence of voter suppression

News Column, Feb. 14, 2019

Lege Lines: Full-Day Pre-K Tops School Wish List

Bipartisan support emerges for plan to fund full-day pre-kindergarten

News Feature, Feb. 14, 2019

Lege Lines: Senate Still Hasn’t Confirmed Texas Secretary of State David Whitley

Architect of recent “voter fraud” fiasco shifts blame to DPS

News Feature, Feb. 14, 2019

Lege Lines: GOP Sharpens Its Claws for Paid Sick Leave With SB 15

“Consistent Employment Regulations Act” would dismantle city’s right to protect workers

News Feature, Feb. 14, 2019

Defend Our Hoodz Denies Responsibility for Vandalism at Austin Creative Alliance

Group “applauds the hood for defending itself from greedy sellouts”

News Daily, Feb. 12, 2019 1:52 PM

“Anti-Gentrification” Protesters Target Austin Creative Alliance

“Hoodz” vandalize Jim Hightower offices, next to ACA

News Daily, Feb. 8, 2019 1:40 PM

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Promotes Air Pollution

State regulator barely even tries to hold industry accountable, advocates say

News Feature, Feb. 7, 2019

Point Austin: How to Suppress the Vote

With its latest lies, Texas GOP reminds us: This is all they’ve got

News Column, Jan. 31, 2019

Pressley’s Zombie Council Fight Gets Snuffed

Texas Supreme Court declares an end to 2014(!) city election

News Feature, Jan. 31, 2019

Texas Supreme Court Rules Laura Pressley Election Challenge “Moot”

Protracted case comes down in favor of Council Member Greg Casar

News Daily, Jan. 27, 2019 2:10 PM

In CD 10, the Race Goes On for Mike Siegel

Forever-candidate resumes campaign to defeat seven-term Republican incumbent Michael McCaul

News Feature, Jan. 24, 2019

Controversial SOAH Chief Judge Takes Her Leave

Lesli Ginn will not seek reappointment to State Office of Administrative Hearings

News Feature, Jan. 24, 2019

Friends and Family Gather to Honor Activist Nadine Eckhardt

Eulogies and memories at Saengerrunde Hall

News Daily, Jan. 23, 2019 3:30 PM

Point Austin: The Definition of Insanity

Waiting for the Legislature to finally do its duty on school finance

News Column, Jan. 17, 2019

The Duchess of Palms

Remembering Texas trailblazer Nadine Eckhardt

News Feature, Jan. 17, 2019

Family and Friends Honor Activist/Writer Nadine Eckhardt

Farewell to the Duchess of Palms

News Daily, Jan. 14, 2019 2:30 PM

Van Boven Fallout Continues

While appeals proceed, Baylor professor campaigns to save SOAH

News Daily, Jan. 10, 2019 10:00 AM

“We Were Very, Very Lucky”

City bids farewell to political and literal father Gus Garcia

News Daily, Jan. 7, 2019 10:00 AM

Sen. Kirk Watson on the 86th Texas Legislature

“In Texas, we don’t focus on what our needs are; we focus on what we want to pay”

News Feature, Jan. 3, 2019

Rep. John Bucy III on the 86th Texas Legislature

“We’ve got to do everything we can to keep attention on Medicaid expansion”

News Feature, Jan. 3, 2019

Point Austin: The Gavel Descends

The 86th Texas Legislature: Hoping for the Best ...

News Column, Jan. 3, 2019

Guns in 2018: The Carnage Continues

A look at the Gun Violence Archive findings for the year

News Feature, Jan. 3, 2019

The Grinch That Stole Oak Hill

Texas Department of Transportation releases environmental report on the agency's plans for the intersection of U.S. 290 West and Texas 71

News Feature, Jan. 3, 2019

The Top 10 Austin News Milestones of 2018

Days like these

News Feature, Dec. 27, 2018

Making Patients – and Sendero – Whole

Central Health aims for quality care and better finances for nonprofit health plan

News Feature, Dec. 27, 2018

New Class Ready to ATXelerate

Centro-urbanist PAC set to train up more future Council candidates

News Feature, Dec. 27, 2018

Farewell and “Gracias” to Gus Garcia, Austin Trailblazer

Hispanic activist, former trustee, council member, mayor died Monday, at 84

News Feature, Dec. 20, 2018

RIP Gus Garcia, Austin’s First Elected Hispanic Mayor

Civic and education leader dies at 84

News Daily, Dec. 17, 2018 5:15 PM

Point Austin: Southwest Key and Us

The local refugee empire is a symptom of bigger troubles

News Column, Dec. 13, 2018

C.D.A. Merger Plan Stumbles at Finish Line

Commissioners Court won’t pursue merger of prosecutors

News Feature, Dec. 13, 2018

State to Appeal Decision in Van Boven Case

Court ruled doctor’s suit against TMB can proceed

News Daily, Dec. 11, 2018 9:21 AM

Commissioners Ponder D.A. / C.A. Merger

Court punts Lege agenda decision to Dec. 11 [UPDATE]

News Daily, Dec. 10, 2018 1:00 PM

Texas GOP: Not Muslim-Free

Following Tarrant County controversy, Republican Party of Texas reaffirms commitment to religious liberty for all

News Feature, Dec. 6, 2018

Dems Call for Health Care for All Texans

State Rep. Gina Hinojosa pledges to carry comprehensive health care bill to the 86th Texas Lege

News Feature, Dec. 6, 2018

Run-Off Ticker: Every Vote Really Will Matter!

Election news to use at the polls

News Feature, Dec. 6, 2018

Hightower Hits a Wall

Syndicator balks at criticism of hedge fund newspaper chains

News Daily, Nov. 30, 2018 4:00 PM

Point Austin: A More Urgent Warning

National Climate Assessment amplifies the alarm

News Column, Nov. 29, 2018

Bucking the Blacklist

Robert Van Boven back in court against Texas Medical Board

News Feature, Nov. 29, 2018

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