J. David McSwane on Muck Rack

J. David McSwane

Covers:  business, long-form features, environment, state government, local government, human trafficking, housing, nonprofits

Austin-based investigative reporter for @dallasnews. #txlege carpetbagger. dmcswane[at]http://dallasnews.com PGP: https://keybase.io/davidmcswane

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I am an investigative reporter for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where I have also covered the environment and city hall since 2010. I just completed a multimedia/longform investigation about child sex trafficking, “The Stolen Ones.” It’s a good example of the storytelling and technical skills I ...

What was your first job as a journalist?

My high school newspaper. Some wouldn't consider it a job, but while there I broke my first national story. That got me other jobs.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes. When I was a child. Also, thinking about getting one. I wonder if the tool's requisite for deliberate writing is a burden or a gift.

Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

Al Pacino's rendition of Lowell Bergman in "The Insider." So I guess that's half fictional.