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Senior Editor — Texas Monthly
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Executive Editor at Texas Monthly, covering criminal justice. Die-hard believer in long-form journalism.

Considering the University of Texas Tower Shooting Plaque — You could spend the entire day walking around the University of Texas at Austin and never find any discernible reminder of the most infamous and searing event in the school's 133-year history. But if you looked- really looked-you might eventually notice a nine-by-fourteen-inch plaque in a tucked-away spot half a block north of the Tower, next to a turtle pond.

Hannah and Andrew — On October 3, 2006, a four-year-old boy named Andrew Burd died in a Corpus Christi hospital. The cause of death was determined to be salt poisoning, an extremely unusual occurrence. Even more shocking was what happened next: his foster mother, Hannah Overton, was found guilty of killing him.

Dispatches #111: Self-driving cars, micro economics and lethal injections — Welcome to Dispatches, a weekly summary of my writing, listening and reading habits. I had a feature story published in The Weekend Australian Magazine on Saturday. Excerpt below. Roll On, Robot (2,600 words / 13 minutes) Self-driving cars are fun, and they might improve safety, but are the regulators ready for them?

The Innocent Man, Part One — Editors' note: This is part one of a two-part story. The second half can be found here. On April 12, 1987, Michael Morton sat down to write a letter. "Your Honor," he began, "I'm sure you remember me. I was convicted of murder, in your court, in February of this year."

Ex-DA Who Sent Exoneree Anthony Graves to Death Row Is Disbarred — It's been nine long years since the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals found that Charles Sebesta, the Burleson County DA who prosecuted Anthony Graves for capital murder, had withheld favorable evidence and used false testimony to secure a conviction-a conviction that sent Graves to death row.

To Love and to Cherish — In a 5-4 ruling on June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry across the country. Here is the story of two women who fought for that historic decision in Texas-and helped to make it a reality.

The Reckoning: The Story of Claire Wilson Texas Monthly — In the spring of 1967, when Claire Wilson was a freshman at the University of Texas, she went to the library one afternoon to track down an old copy of Life magazine. Thumbing through a stack of back issues, she scanned the dates on their well-worn covers.

The State of Texas: March 23, 2016 — "They may look human but they are acting like monkeys." -Mohammad Dar to KHOU, referring to Hindus. Dar, who owns a Dairy Queen in Kemah, offered this theological commentary after he made news for placing a whacked-out sign in front of his business advertising his disturbing religious intolerance alongside delicious soft-serve treats.

How We Talk About Paul Qui's Arrest Reflects How Seriously We Take Domestic Violence — Paul Qui, the Top Chef winner and popular Austin-based chef behind restaurants such as Qui and East Side King, was arrested Saturday morning on domestic violence charges.

Is Texas Southern, Western, or Truly a Lone Star? — It's that time of year again, that time when old-school, mainly Anglo Texans celebrate, commemorate-and in some extreme cases-reenact the fall of the Alamo, the massacre at Goliad, and the decisive victory at San Jacinto.
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Jul 22, 2016

RT @jakesilverstein: A bracingly honest essay by @nhannahjones abt black grief & what many white Americans don't understand

Jul 22, 2016

@wrightallison @meganeabbott You two have made my day/week/month/year! Now, if only I could write this first paragraph...

Jul 22, 2016

Horrifying story. A stain on the entire Harris County legal system. Anyone know who the judge was? 

Jul 22, 2016

@meganeabbott I'm so flattered & honored. Thank you!! Can't wait to turn to "You Will Know Me." I'm finishing @skiphol's brilliant book now.

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