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.

Stories

The Soul of a Man

For nearly sixty years, a succession of obsessed blues and gospel fans have trekked across Texas, trying to unearth the story of one of the greatest, and most mysterious, musicians of the twentieth century. But the more they find, the less they seem to know.

LiveStrong, TellTruth

An open letter to the greatest cyclist ever.

In Our Backyard

The faces—and voices—of eighteen Texans who are living the debate over illegal immigration.

About a Boy

The short life and tragic death of Johnny Romano, the youngest professional skateboarder ever.

Trial and Error

The wheels of justice (or injustice) continue to turn in the shockingly bizarre Mineola swingers club case.

Reversal of Misfortune

New trials for two of the Mineola Swinger's Club defendants.

The Verdict

Another defendant in the Mineola child sex ring crimes is found guilty.

Erykah Badu

Dallas

Weird Science

As the peculiar case of a Fort Bend sheriff’s deputy and his bloodhounds makes clear, the techniques of crime-scene investigation are not as infallible as the TV shows would have us believe. How a misplaced faith in some forensic experts is putting innocent people behind bars.

When DAs Attack!

The Mineola child sex ring scandal keeps getting weirder.

The Trials of Billy Joe Shaver

Is the legendary Texas singer-songwriter a honky-tonk hero or a honky-tonk bully?

Three Chords and A Station Wagon

In the years before anyone had heard of Woodstock or Altamont, teenagers across Texas started bands in their parents’ garages, banging out earnest rock songs on cheap equipment and hoping to hit it big at the local skating rink or VFW post. For some, those dreams won’t fade away.

Separated At Death

Ernest Willis spent seventeen years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. And he has a few things to say about the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in 2004 for a strangely similar crime that many experts believe he didn’t commit either.

TRANSCRIPT: “Very Few People Get off of Texas Death Row Alive”

Michael Hall’s exclusive interview with Ernest Willis.

Rock of Underages

How to take five dozen girls and turn them into eleven rock bands in one week.

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