I learn about the world, its institutions and the people they affect, and write about it.


Michael Lindenberger is a member of the editorial board of the Dallas Morning News, where he writes frequently about legal affairs, national politics and Dallas' working poor population. Lindenberger is a former business correspondent in the newspaper's Washington bureau and a 2012-13 Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.

While at Stanford, he explored narratology with novelist Richard Powers, historiography with historian Richard White, and immersed himself into the economics of digital journalism, visiting and interacting with executives from Google to Yahoo! to startup successes like Watchup and Storyful. 

He also was part of a 10-person delegation of graduate students to Sierra Leona charged with developing more equitable exploitation of the vast wealth buried beneath the surface in that war-torn nation. 

Before re-joining The Dallas Morning News in 2007, Lindenberger was state correspondent and bureau chief for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., and had been managing editor The Jeffersonville Evening-News in southern Indiana, editor-in-chief of The Portland Leader, a weekly in Tennessee, and the first-ever full-time investigative reporter for The Messenger-inquirer in Owensboro, Ky. 

He was nominated by his editors for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for work covering infrastructure and transportation in Texas, and his 2015 cover story for The New Republic was named best feature story in the Excellence in Journalism Awards by the NLGJA.   

Since 2006, he has been a contributing legal affairs writer to TIME and has written for many other national publications, including The New Republic and The New York Times. A former adjunct professor at the University of North Texas, Lindenberger is a graduate of Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.