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.


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.

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.

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.

Life After Death

It’s time to halt executions in Texas.

Psychedelic Summit

Fifty-eight bands from around the world play Austin Psych Fest 4 April 29–May 1. Michael Hall sits down with the Black Angels, founders of the festival (and the “Reverberation Appreciation Society”) and rejuvenated psychedelic godfather Roky Erickson.

Falling Comet

In 1955 Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock” transformed the sound of popular music and made him an international star. Twenty-five years later he was forgotten, desperate, and dying in Harlingen. How did one of the fathers of rock and roll land so far outside the spotlight?

An Absolute Honest-to-God Texas Frame-up

The “Mineola Swingers Club” cases come to a disgraceful end.

Postcard to Lance

Some more advice in the wake of Tyler Hamilton’s interview on 60 Minutes.

Rick Perry v. Forensic Science

Larry Swearingen has ten scientists and doctors who say he isn’t a killer. He also has a new execution date.

Who Killed Mary Eula Sears?

In 1982 a man named Wayne East was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of one of Abilene’s most prominent citizens. To this day, he maintains his innocence. And one member of the victim’s family believes him.

An Update to the Mary Eula Sears Case

The convicted killer of a prominent Abilene resident is set to be released.

Special Condition Z Blocks Wayne East’s Release

Abilene law enforcement officials don’t want the convicted murderer back in their part of the state.

Unsolved Mystery

It has been twenty years since four teenage girls were murdered in a north Austin yogurt shop—and still no answers.