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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: Truly Free

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

News Column, Jun. 22, 2017

City Council Campaign 2018

Renteria, Troxclair draw early challengers

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

Council: Not According to Code

Parks, plumbing, and miscellaneous

News Daily, Jun. 12, 2017 8:00 AM

Council on Cargill: Not Today

Dais rejects Houston nominee for Bond Election Advisory Task Force

News Daily, Jun. 9, 2017 1:30 PM

Why Does Everyone Hate CodeNEXT?

Can a polarized Austin reach consensus on land use by next spring?

News Feature, Jun. 8, 2017

Point Austin: What’s That Smell?

Our Austin-bashing governor knows how to spread manure

News Column, Jun. 8, 2017

Legal Battle With Dell Medical School Continues

Attorney Fred Lewis claims school withheld public information

News Feature, Jun. 8, 2017

Austin Parks: We’re No. 46!

But dogs are happier than average!

News Feature, Jun. 8, 2017

Council: Park It Here

Slouching toward a summer break

News Feature, Jun. 8, 2017

Campaign 2018: Can Anyone Beat Lamar Smith?

Candidates line up to challenge longtime congressman

News Feature, Jun. 8, 2017

Point Austin: Shoot First

Boys and their toys, at the Legislature and elsewhere

News Column, Jun. 1, 2017

Trump Budget Wants Congress to Rewrite Federal Immigration Law

But that budget? DOA. (We hope.)

News Feature, Jun. 1, 2017

News Orgs Unite for Austin Municipal Research Institute

Statesman, Monitor, KUT, and KLRU to collaborate on CodeNEXT beat

News Feature, Jun. 1, 2017

Council: Code Blue

Lamentations on land use

News Feature, Jun. 1, 2017

Is the Special Events Permit Parking Program a Scalper's Delight?

Say goodbye to non-resident parking near the city's big events

News Feature, Jun. 1, 2017

Point Austin: Awake in the Hurricane

Enduring the last few days of the Lege's biennial cataclysm

News Column, May. 25, 2017

Community Report: Good News and Bad

CAN Dashboard Report reveals general progress but continuing racial inequities

News Feature, May. 25, 2017

The Effort to Unseat Rep. Lamar Smith Is On

Democrats line up to challenge climate-science denying GOP incumbent

News Feature, May. 25, 2017

Council: The Numbers Game

Tumbling evermore into the budget

News Feature, May. 25, 2017

Court Collision Coming

Council funds AFD overtime, tweaks meetings, orders Texas showdown

News Daily, May. 22, 2017 8:00 AM

Point Austin: Saved by Billionaires?

The fight against climate change gathers allies high and low

News Column, May. 18, 2017

Will This Seaholm Intake Plan Take?

Austin eyes a new redesign for the Downtown intake facility

News Feature, May. 18, 2017

Council: Hiding in Plain Sight

Immigration, Fire, Capitol view corridors fill out a busy Thursday

News Feature, May. 18, 2017

Council: Whatever It Is, I’m Against It

Council blocks vaping, punts AFD overtime, and commissions students

News Daily, May. 15, 2017 8:00 AM

City Budget: Something's Gotta Give

Cooling economy, rising costs mean tough choices for City Council

News Feature, May. 11, 2017

Point Austin: It's Getting Harder to Stay Weird

Amid state and federal nonsense, it's getting harder to stay weird

News Column, May. 11, 2017

Council: UnLocal Control

Lawsuits, Lions Municipal, and a little land use mixed between

News Feature, May. 11, 2017

CodeNEXT Marches On

Coding affordability

News Feature, May. 11, 2017

Return of the Panama Hat

Council spends for roads, buys a robot, & has a brief Zimm flashback

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

Point Austin: The Best of Times …

Remaining optimistic in a world spinning into darkness

News Column, May. 4, 2017

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