Notes from Evan Smith
"Laura Miller was a three-term Dallas City Council member representing Oak Cliff and Southwest Dallas before being elected mayor.
Before being elected to the Dallas City Council in 1998, Laura spent six years as a columnist and investigative reporter for the Dallas Observer, an award-winning alternative weekly paper owned by Phoenix-based New Times, Inc., which has six other weeklies in major markets.
Prior to joining the Observer in October 1991, Mayor Miller spent two years as a columnist and writer-at-large for D Magazine, the city magazine of Dallas. Before that, she was a metro columnist for the Dallas Times Herald, where she was hired after beginning her column-writing career in 1986 at The New York Daily News.
From 1981-1986, Laura worked as a staff writer at The Miami Herald and The Dallas Morning News. In 1982 Laura traveled through Europe as a freelance foreign correspondent for both The Miami Herald and The Dallas Morning News; she covered, among other things, the Falklands War from England and Grace Kelly’s funeral from Monaco.
Mayor Miller has won numerous awards for her weekly columns and in-depth investigative reporting. Her honors included the 1995 H.L. Mencken Writing Award, awarded annually by The Baltimore Sun to one newspaper columnist in America; six Dallas Press Club Katie Awards; two Texas Headliners Awards; two Dallas Bar Association Philbin Awards; and a Certificate of Merit from the American Bar Association.
She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 18, 1958 and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Laura is married to a Dallas attorney, state Representative Steven Wolens. They have two daughters, Alex and Lily, and a son Maxwell. " - Evan Smith, Texas Monthly Talks, Broadcast 9.4.03