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J. David McSwane

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

Austin-based investigative reporter, @dallasnews. Cool hot take, bro. dmcswane[at]dallasnews.com PGP: 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 ...

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RT @DeLunaEva: @davidmcswane Here's what school property taxes (top half of column) look like, adjusted for inflation (Texas CPI), student…
Appears Sen. Bettencourt has abandoned the fallacious argument that tax increases vastly outpaced incomes and is relying now on sheer levy growth, which is a function of rising property valuations, economic growth, underfunded schools, etc. #TXlege  https://twitter.com/teambettencourt/status/955838462778802176 
The UPS Store is playing Billy Joel, and the clerk is his doppelgänger. https://t.co/2foO4Fio3H
RT @bykenarmstrong: “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” our story for @ProPublica @MarshallProj, is going to be an 8-part Netflix series w… https://t.co/4awevMNYHx
RT @alisonannyoung: Olympian @Aly_Raisman notes timeline of abuse revelations leading up to USOC statement. "The Indy Star story broke… https://t.co/L5YT0SgxQA
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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.