The New York–born singer-songwriter got to Texas as soon as he could—and spent the next five decades changing the lives of seemingly everyone he met.
Articles by Michael Hall
Oct 28, 2020 — By Michael Hall
After contracting COVID-19 earlier this year, the musician had spent most of this past summer in isolation—where he was still writing songs.
Oct 21, 2020 — By Michael Hall
DNA evidence proved Lydell Grant's innocence. So why won't the state’s highest criminal court exonerate him?
Jul 13, 2020 — By Michael Hall
Jim McCloskey, the godfather of the innocence movement, changed the way we think about crime and punishment.
Jun 6, 2020 — By Michael Hall
At 16, Ayala was just beginning to learn about social movements when police shot him in the head with a ”less-lethal” weapon.
May 11, 2020 — By Michael Hall
First came the sound of someone running hard on the breezeway outside, then a banging on the apartment door. Irene Vera opened it to see her neighbor, twenty-year-old Rosa Jimenez, holding a little boy who lay limp in her arms. “Help me! Help me!” Jimenez cried hysterically in Spanish. The…
Mar 21, 2020 — By Michael Hall
The Houston icon, who passed away yesterday, sang a lot of other music too.
Mar 9, 2020 — By Michael Hall
But we're hard at work creating another way for you to experience this incredible storytelling event.
Feb 7, 2020 — By Michael Hall
On March 17, we're taking over the Moody Theater for a night of storytelling from some of your favorite Texas artists.
Dec 19, 2019 — By Michael Hall
Pedro Villalobos handles felony cases in Travis County, but his own legal status could be in jeopardy.
Nov 1, 2019 — By Michael Hall
Galveston’s Johnny Romano, the youngest professional skateboarder in history, passed away from leukemia.
Oct 25, 2019 — By Michael Hall
Mezghebe fled East Africa, landed at Texas’s Casa Marianella, and performed with Maggie Rogers in Austin.
Aug 7, 2019 — By Michael Hall
James Fulton reunites with his family, as victim Haile Beasley’s parents decry justice undone.
Jul 24, 2019 — By Michael Hall
The obscure indie ’Taking Tiger Mountain’ offers a glimpse at the late Hollywood star as a teenager.
Jun 24, 2019 — By Michael Hall
Justices grant James Fulton a new sentencing hearing: “Tragic consequences do not elevate ordinary negligence to criminal negligence.”
Apr 19, 2019 — By Michael Hall
Bob Ruff is working on his fifth Texas case in fewer than four years, this time hoping to prove the innocence of Sandra Melgar in the killing of her husband, Jaime Melgar.
Mar 20, 2019 — By Michael Hall
Carly Mayo, eighteen, is now back in Tyler and living with her mom as she reckons with her past.
Dec 19, 2018 — By Michael Hall
Found guilty in 1987, the freed man will be paid $2.5 million by the state of Texas, which he'll use to support his prison ministry.
Dec 17, 2018 — By Michael Hall
The documentary, premiering on PBS December 17, looks to the elderly minister's hometown of Grand Saline to uncover why he set himself alight.
Nov 13, 2018 — By Michael Hall
A controversial Dallas civil rights lawyer is holding police accountable—and being held accountable, too.
Sep 10, 2018 — By Michael Hall
Brandley died last week, 31 years after the state of Texas tried and failed to kill him.
Aug 15, 2018 — By Michael Hall
He worked 80-hour weeks to send money home to his family. The driver who ran him over had been in and out of trouble for years.
Mar 30, 2018 — By Michael Hall
He was a highlight of Austin’s creative community and, in death, a spotlight on the city’s problems with race.
Dec 1, 2017 — By Michael Hall
Pedro Villalobos is a star prosecutor. Gerardo De Loera is a musician. Joseph Ramirez is a tech entrepreneur. They’re young, they’re smart, they make America great. They’re also undocumented. And now, they face being sent back to a place they’ve never called home.