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.


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.

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? 

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.

A Love Poem to Donald Driver, Winner of ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Senior editor Michael Hall, a lifelong Packers fan, writes a love letter to the Houstonian, who hoisted the mirror ball-trophy on last night’s DWTS finale. 

The Problem With Eyewitness Testimony

How badly do we mess up when doing something as fundamentally human as using our eyes, words, and memories? In the case of some eyewitness IDs, very badly.

Ian McLagan to be Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Austin finally sees its first resident accepted into the venerable institution. 

The DNA of Kerry Max Cook’s Case

What did Kerry Max Cook actually win on Monday, when he was granted his request for DNA testing? Not a lot, most likely.

Justice in Time

Fifteen years after being released from death row, Kerry Max Cook is still looking for freedom.

"Mr. Anime is Planning Something"

Did YouTube star Trey Sesler kill his family?

What the ‘Tyler Morning Telegraph’ Failed to Tell You about Kerry Max Cook

Tyler’s paper of record just published an article about former death row inmate Kerry Max Cook. Let me tell you the rest of the story.  

The Last Man Exonerated

Kerry Max Cook walked off death row in 1997, but he was never officially exonerated. At least not yet. He just filed a DNA motion he hopes will clear his name.

Who Helps the Exonerated Men of Texas?

 James Waller, who was exonerated 24 years after he was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, started a non-profit to help support and counsel Texas’ exonerees.

Why This Latest Exoneree is So Lucky

The Court of Criminal Appeals examined the case of Richard Miles, applied common sense and legal logic, and determined that he was innocent.