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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.

77 articles in 2009   •   page 1 of 2

Point Austin: What History Teaches

There are different ways of counting social costs

News Column, Dec. 25, 2009

The View From 21 Rio

Workers mourn and OSHA cites contractors in fatal accident

News Feature, Dec. 25, 2009

Point Austin: The City's Tired Story

Fleet Services may be cleaning up those tires, but there's still a big mess

News Column, Dec. 18, 2009

Point Austin: When a House Is Not a Home

Workers and homeowners seek justice from home builders

News Column, Dec. 11, 2009

Point Austin: Twilight of the Empire

Obama's expansion of the war leads nowhere

News Column, Dec. 4, 2009

Pecan Street Project

The Department of Energy awards 32 grants nationwide for energy research – PSP a winner

News Feature, Dec. 4, 2009

Point Austin: Angels Wanna Wear Our Red Shoes

If GOP dominoes refuse to fall, maybe the Dems can take advantage

News Column, Nov. 27, 2009

We Got Your Smart Grid Right Here

Dept. of Energy awards $10.4 million to Pecan Street Project

News Daily, Nov. 24, 2009 6:16 PM

Point Austin: Once More Into the MUD

What we get when we annex unplanned development: plenty of entertainment

News Column, Nov. 20, 2009

Point Austin: Not About the Cameras

The Sanders shooting has not been justified

News Column, Nov. 13, 2009

Point Austin: Abandoning Illusions

Chris Hedges on the inevitable consequences of empire

News Column, Nov. 6, 2009

Living in Illusion

Chris Hedges on the inevitable consequences of empire

News Column, Nov. 6, 2009

City, Firefighters Shake Hands on Tentative Contract

Both sides say they're satisfied with the deal

News Feature, Nov. 6, 2009

CodePink Red After Albright's Planned Parenthood Soiree

Peace activists unwelcome at speech by former secretary of state

News Feature, Nov. 6, 2009

In a Dream

A fascinating portrait of an artist and adulterer

Screens Review, Oct. 23, 2009

Contract Kumbaya: The City and the Firefighters

News Feature, Oct. 16, 2009

Point Austin: Clinton's Wars, Bush's Wars, Obama's ...

A peace prize, a peace rally, and more of the same

News Column, Oct. 16, 2009

The Year of the Flood: A Novel

Atwood's latest is a remarkable parable of a world ruined by corporate tyranny, reckless technology, casual violence, and utter disdain for the natural order

Books Review, Oct. 16, 2009

The Latest Proposal

Downtown businesses and orgs form an alliance

News Feature, Oct. 9, 2009

Point Austin: Some Spare Change on Panhandling

Austin tries to balance street-level charity and public order

News Column, Oct. 9, 2009

Point Austin: A Green and Democratic Place

Local activists kick off co-op project with a visit from Omar Freilla

News Column, Oct. 2, 2009

Point Austin: More Water Under the Bridge

Reading the political currents flowing through WTP4

News Column, Sep. 25, 2009

Let's Fire the Union President!

News Feature, Sep. 18, 2009

Point Austin: A Few Choice Words for Capital Metro

Wyatt firing just the latest in string of management fiascoes

News Column, Sep. 18, 2009

Jay Wyatt Fired by Cap Metro

Cap Metro claims "sexual harassment"; Union president charges "retaliation"

News Daily, Sep. 11, 2009 6:10 PM

Point Austin: Did You Work Last Weekend?

Reflections on the value of Texas labor

News Column, Sep. 11, 2009

Point Austin: It's Not About Sharon Keller

Sharon Keller, Todd Willingham, and unjustifiable homicide

News Column, Sep. 4, 2009

Point Austin: Another War for Sale

NPR covers 'Iran and the Bomb' – from A to B

News Column, Aug. 28, 2009

Correspondence With National Public Radio

News Column, Aug. 28, 2009

Beside the Point: Pray for Drought

The unexpected blessings of global warming

News Column, Aug. 28, 2009

Point Austin: Let Them Eat Sprouts!

John Mackey weighs in on health care – and recommends lots of spinach

News Column, Aug. 21, 2009

Mackey Annotated

News Column, Aug. 21, 2009

Point Austin: Healthy Town Hall

While we wait for federal reform, the health-care work goes on

News Column, Aug. 14, 2009

Point Austin: Work in Progress

Susan Herman of the ACLU on the long fight for liberty and justice

News Column, Aug. 7, 2009

Health-Care Hysteria Dogs Doggett

Critics of health-care reform exercise their vocal cords in U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett's general direction

News Feature, Aug. 7, 2009

Point Austin: The Bottom Line on Health Care

Congress needs to act for universal health care

News Column, Jul. 31, 2009

Point Austin: Stepping on Your Punchline

When free speech becomes hate speech

News Column, Jul. 24, 2009

Point Austin: Who's Accountable?

The TEA's decision to close Pearce Middle School is the tip of a political iceberg

News Column, Jul. 17, 2009

Point Austin: The Supremes Bail Out

Court ruling lets Voting Rights Act live for another day

News Column, Jun. 26, 2009

Three More Casualties of Austin's Growth

A deadly accident in West Campus highlights the dangers of construction work in Texas

News Feature, Jun. 19, 2009

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