Wayne Slater retired as senior political writer for The Dallas Morning News in December 2014. He was previously Austin bureau chief for The News and has covered Texas and national politics for more than 20 years.
Slater has reported on a variety of political and public figures, including Pope John Paul II, and presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and both George Bushes. He traveled for 16 months full-time covering the 2000 presidential campaign of George W. Bush and reported on his 2004 re-election race. In his two decades of following Texas politics, he has covered the administrations of Texas Govs. Bill Clements, Ann Richards, George W. Bush and Rick Perry.
His appearances on national media programs include NBC’s Meet the Press, CNN, ABC’s Nightline and Good Morning America, PBS’s Frontline, C-Span, National Public Radio, MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann and Hardball with Chris Matthews and Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor. He was also featured in a film documentary about the 2000 Bush presidential campaign, Journeys with George,which appeared on HBO.
Slater is also the co-author of two books on Texas political guru Karl Rove Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential and The Architect: Karl Rove and the Dream of Absolute Power.