Michael Hall

Michael Hall graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979. Before joining Texas Monthly in 1997, he was an associate editor of Third Coast magazine and the managing editor of the Austin Chronicle. Hall won two 2001 Katy Awards: one for Best Reporter Writing Portfolio and one for Personality Profile/Interview for his July 2001 story “Lance Armstrong Has Something to Get Off His Chest.” He won a Texas Gavel Award in 2003 for his story about capital punishment, “Death Isn’t Fair,” which was also nominated for a National Magazine Award. Hall’s stories have appeared in the Best American Magazine Writing, the Best American Sportswriting, the Best American Nonrequired Reading, and Da Capo Best Music Writing. He has also written for Trouser Press, the New York Times, Men’s Journal, and the Austin American-Statesman.


Trials and Errors

Over the past two decades Texas has exonerated more than eighty wrongfully convicted prisoners. How does this happen? Can anything be done to stop it? We assembled a group of experts (a police chief, a state senator, a judge, a prosecutor, a district attorney, and an exoneree) to find out.

Willie Nelson v. Ann Wolfe

The country singer battled former world champ boxer Ann Wolfe for bragging rights in dominoes. So who took home the title? 

How Billy Gibbons Got His Groove Back

After two decades of sluggish albums, ZZ Top has returned to raunchy, bluesy form. And the little ol’ band from Texas owes it all to a hip-hop anthem from the streets of Houston.

Richard LaFuente Documentary in the Works

Todd Trotter is trying to make a film about Richard LaFuente, who has served 26 years in prison for a crime he says he did not commit. 

Another Tale of Wrongful Conviction?

Richard LaFuente, who was convicted of murder in 1986, has steadfastly proclaimed his innocence for more than twenty years. Now he has some unlikely support in one person—the victim’s own sister.

The Red Hooded Stranger

Is Willie Nelson Santa Claus? We asked him that, and a few other things—like what it’s like to get busted and get along with Pat Robertson and Snoop Dogg.


The life of Willie Nelson’s guitar.

Eight Great Trigger Performances

From “I’m a Memory” to “Here We Go Again,” listen to eight performances that highlight the capabilities of Willie Nelson’s treasured guitar.

The Mystery of Lightning Medicine Cloud

When a rare white buffalo was born in North Texas, thousands came to celebrate the new age he heralded. A year later the animal was dead.

Saving the Broken Spoke

The legendary honky-tonk is getting some help from an unlikely source: Transwestern, a giant real estate developer.

An Ode to Mount Bonnell

Taking Austin in from the city’s most iconic summit.

The Man Who Fell to Earth

After decades as one of the most admired athletes on the planet and one of the toughest competitors ever to ride a bike, Lance Armstrong is facing a new challenge: how to come back from a very public disgrace.

Pardon Me, Mr. President

Dear Mr. President: Richard LaFuente just filed a petition for executive clemency. I urge you to read it—and to commute his life sentence.