Retired Dallas Morning News Reporter Dies In Car Crash

FILE- Dallas Morning News political reporter Wayne Slater, left, jokes with Republican candidates for U.S. Senate prior to the start of the Belo Debate Friday night, April 13, 2012 at the WFAA studios in Dallas, Texas. The retired Dallas Morning News Austin bureau chief and senior political writer Wayne Slater, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, in an automobile accident in Williamson County. He was 74. (Brad Loper/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

(AP) — Retired Dallas Morning News reporter Wayne Slater, who covered the rise of Texas governors Ann Richards and George W. Bush, has died in a car crash. He was 74.

A Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman says Slater died Monday after his vehicle collided with a pickup. The crash happened near Florence, north of Austin and where Slater lived. Slater retired from the newspaper in 2014 after three decades there.

Slater previously worked for The Associated Press in West Virginia, Kansas, Illinois and Colorado. He co-wrote two books about Bush adviser Karl Rove. Former president Bush called Slater “a hard-working and insightful reporter.”


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