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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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Advocates: Reject Police Union Contract

New “excessive force” lawsuit filed over 2015 “jaywalking” arrest

News Daily, Aug. 17, 2017 3:35 PM

Point Austin: What History Teaches

Charlottesville resistance an inspiration here and everywhere

News Column, Aug. 17, 2017

New APL Chief Appointed

Roosevelt Weeks takes over on Sept. 11

News Feature, Aug. 17, 2017

A Council’s Work Is Never Done

Agenda features budget, the future of AE, and a whole lotta housing

News Feature, Aug. 17, 2017

Merck CEO Dumps Trump

CEO Frazier leaves manufacturing council over POTUS failure on racism

News Daily, Aug. 14, 2017 1:45 PM

With All Deliberate Speed

Short-handed Council on homelessness, management, and carbon

News Daily, Aug. 14, 2017 8:00 AM

NAACP Issues “Clarion Call” to City Government

Linder challenges city to “quit talking” about equity and “send money”

News Daily, Aug. 10, 2017 4:30 PM

City Budget Squeezed Between Basic Costs and State Neglect

The city has $1.03 billion in taxpayer money. Here's where it's going.

News Feature, Aug. 10, 2017

Point Austin: Priority Problems

While the world burns, City Council does what it can

News Column, Aug. 10, 2017

Honoring the First African-American Council Member

Water treatment plant named after Berl Handcox

News Feature, Aug. 10, 2017

Council: When the Mayor’s Away ...

Water, energy, and homelessness on the mind

News Feature, Aug. 10, 2017

Could Tax Swap Address Spiking Property Taxes?

City collab with AISD could aid homeowners

News Feature, Aug. 10, 2017

Council: Nights of White Linen

As focus shifts to budget prep, agenda goes high-speed

News Daily, Aug. 8, 2017 8:00 AM

Point Austin: Through the Looking Glass

City Council considers its threatened budget in a topsy-turvy Texas

News Column, Aug. 3, 2017

All This & Budget Too

Council treads water over aquatics plan

News Feature, Aug. 3, 2017

Council: The FY 2018 City Budget

Maintain and sustain

News Feature, Aug. 3, 2017

Dripping Springs Wastewater Update

The EPA will allow the town to discharge treated wastewater into Onion Creek

News Feature, Jul. 20, 2017

Point Austin: Inside the Whirlwind

From D.C. to Austin, a relentless political storm

News Column, Jul. 13, 2017

Hill Top Cafe Under Siege?

The Fredericksburg hub is in embroiled in a battle with the TCEQ

News Feature, Jul. 13, 2017

AFD Disqualifies Union President From Firefighter Candidacy

Firefighter allegedly disqualified in retaliation for union position

News Feature, Jul. 13, 2017

Gentrified? Displaced? Call a Task Force.

The mayor pitches an effort to solve "displacement" after Council's summer break

News Feature, Jul. 13, 2017

Point Austin: Fireworks for the Fourth

Reflections on Independence Day from Frederick Douglass

News Column, Jul. 6, 2017

The Doctor vs. the Hospital

Relentless whistleblower fights legal war of attrition with Lakeway Medical Center

News Feature, Jul. 6, 2017

Point Austin: Summer Stock Agenda

The heat arrives with a litany of work for Austin and Austinites

News Column, Jun. 29, 2017

Zimmerman's Ethics

Former council member resolves complaint for paying wife to help with 2014 campaign

News Feature, Jun. 29, 2017

Council: All About the Code

Heading into July break, City Council continues pondering CodeNEXT

News Feature, Jun. 29, 2017

Council Considers Expanding Capitol Complex

Life between 15th Street and MLK may change a bit in the near future

News Feature, Jun. 29, 2017

Council: Austin, Can You Spare $7 million?

CodeNEXT, budget, and the long shadow of the state

News Daily, Jun. 26, 2017 8:00 AM

Point Austin: Truly Free

Exonerated at last, may Fran and Dan Keller finally "breathe free"

News Column, Jun. 22, 2017

City Council Campaign 2018

Renteria files, Troxclair draws early challenger

News Feature, Jun. 22, 2017

Shifting Allegiances in Congressional District 21

Tom Wakely bows out, throws support behind Rixi Melton

News Feature, Jun. 22, 2017

Council: Take a Deep Breath

Final spring session enters July break on a run

News Feature, Jun. 22, 2017

Kellers Exonerated, Await Compensation

Tears of joy and thanks precede hope of financial safety

News Daily, Jun. 20, 2017 5:15 PM

Kellers Exonerated!

D.A. Moore declares Kellers "actually innocent" of alleged crimes

News Daily, Jun. 20, 2017 9:45 AM

Council Wrap: Not Quite Midnight

Council tweaks youth curfew, promotes greenwater, frees lemonade

News Daily, Jun. 19, 2017 8:00 AM

Semi-Demi Youth Curfew for Now

City Council ends daytime curfew, temporarily extends nighttime

News Daily, Jun. 16, 2017 5:00 PM

Point Austin: Justice Too Long Delayed

Fran and Dan Keller continue to wait in vain for their exoneration

News Column, Jun. 15, 2017

About That DPS Cutback

So, when can you get your license these days?

News Feature, Jun. 15, 2017

Greg Abbott, Tree Killer

That attack on the Heritage Tree ordinance? A personal vendetta.

News Feature, Jun. 15, 2017

Council: Eternal Returns

City plumbing, juvenile curfews, and AFD overtime on this week's agenda

News Feature, Jun. 15, 2017

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