Houston Chronicle reporter covering Galveston County. New Yorker and long-suffering Mets, Knicks, Jets fan. Tips: nick.powell@chron.com

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I was raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn at the height of its transformation from crack haven to yuppie heaven. My earliest political education involved my journalist father schooling me on the nuances of the Dinkins and Giuliani administrations en route to P.S. 321.

I attended Temple University in ...

What was your first job as a journalist?

Phawker.com, a Philadelphia-based news blog where I covered City Hall and the City Council, as well as the 2008 election.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Sadly, no.

How is social media changing news?

The advent of the 24-hour news cycle, so people have a shorter memory, but it's also revolutionizing the way news is delivered.