Patrick Michels

Patrick Michels
Patrick Michels is a reporter for the Texas Observer and a former legislative intern. He has been a staff writer and web editor at the Dallas Observer, and a former editor of the Texas Independent. He has a bachelor's in journalism from Northwestern University, a master's in photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a competitive eating enthusiast.

By Patrick Michels:


King’s Gambit

Daniel King's quiet mission to transform public education in South Texas.

The early college movement is growing fast today — a free head start on higher education is especially alluring in a time of boundless student debt — and Daniel King is widely recognized as the guy who’s teaching the nation how to make early college work for everybody. Read More

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams

Back from the Brink

How one Austin high school rallied to save itself

Unlikely as it seemed not too long ago, students, teachers, neighborhood activists and even the state’s top education official are all singing the same happy song about Eastside. What’s remarkable, they all agree, is how the community has helped the school succeed where so many other reform attempts had failed. The activists who fought to keep the school open say that Eastside could be a model for how schools on the brink of being erased can make it. Read More