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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.

64 articles in 2008   •   page 1 of 2

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

Point Austin: Denver Stakes

What Obama signifies for the rest of us

News Column, Aug. 29, 2008

Point Austin: Domain City Limits

City Charter amendment would end a deal gone sour

News Column, Aug. 22, 2008

Point Austin: Bare Necessities

Budget decisions are about money ... and justice

News Column, Aug. 15, 2008

Point Austin: The Cost of Community

The city budget is where Austin decides how to live

News Column, Aug. 8, 2008

The Death Penalty in Practice

News Feature, Aug. 1, 2008

Point Austin: Impeaching the Empire

The House Judiciary Committee considers high crimes and misdemeanors

News Column, Aug. 1, 2008

Point Austin: Reading the Roots

They came, they saw, they blogged

News Column, Jul. 25, 2008

Point Austin: The Perps Walk

FISA, Congress, and the rule of law

News Column, Jul. 18, 2008

Two Wars: One Hero's Fight on Two Fronts – Abroad and Within

A Texan veteran's memoir on combat and its devastating aftereffects

Books Review, Jul. 18, 2008

Point Austin: Prog Blogs

The progressive bloggers are establishing a political agenda

News Column, Jul. 11, 2008

Point Austin: A Tale of Two Cities

Thinking about affordable housing from all sides

News Column, Jul. 4, 2008

Point Austin: Burning Questions

And we wonder why nobody votes

News Column, Jun. 27, 2008

Johnston High School: TEA Allows 'Repurposing'

Generations of Johnston High alums ponder the fate of the 'Pride of the Eastside'

News Feature, Jun. 20, 2008

Point Austin: Raising the Bar

AMD opens its Lantana campus, and the questions continue

News Column, Jun. 20, 2008

Point Austin: Heat Wave

From Philadelphia to Austin, the air is burning

News Column, Jun. 13, 2008

Point Austin: Meanwhile ...

Approaching Memorial Day, something else to consider

News Column, May. 23, 2008

Point Austin: Picking Up the Pieces

Campaigns end with a thunderclap and voters' whimpers

News Column, May. 16, 2008

Another Forum ... or Two

Campaign trail mixes with a flurry of forums

News Feature, May. 9, 2008

The Uneasy Death of Riad Hamad

Investigation continues in the mysterious death of an Austin peace activist

News Feature, May. 9, 2008

Point Austin: Who's Blue?

Understanding Austin political speak

News Column, May. 9, 2008

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