Sarah Dodd

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    October 22, 2014

    The Battle for Preston Hollow's Soul

    Luke Crosland stands at the window of his seventh-floor office and looks out across Preston Center. In the foreground, a tangle of luxury SUVs battle for access to a shabby, two-story parking garage that seems to deteriorate before his eyes. The garage is ringed by a jumble of aging retail strips th ... More >>

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    July 30, 2014

    Bribe-Payers, Bribe-Takers, Who Walks and Who Gets Slammed

    This is an addendum to a thing I wrote yesterday about the recent indictment of Dallas' most powerful county officials on bribery and tax charges. One thing we all have to do in order to figure this out is the math. We can talk all day about collective guilt -- I think I just did -- but we also n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Pig Blood in the Trinity and Bullshit on the Blogs: About That Shiny, Happy Video

    Update 3:37: City Hall isn't buying that Columbia Pack video any more than we are. City spokesman Frank Librio sent out the following response just now: March 12, 2012 To: Media From: City of Dallas PIO Re: Columbia Packing The City will use all legal means possible to ensure that Columbia Packi ... More >>

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    May 14, 2011

    Mayoral Race Now In Overtime as Mike Rawlings, David Kunkle Go to Runoff

    David Kunkle and wife Sarah Dodd at the San Francisco Rose tonight, after it became clear he was headd to the runoff against Mike Rawlings​It's all over but the drinking: Mike Rawlings, who will wind up with around 41 percent of the vote, and David Kunkle, who will claim around 32 percent, will fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Rawlings, Kunkle Say They'd Ban Political Consultants From Lobbying City Hall

    ​If Mike Rawlings is serious, the political consultants running his campaign will have a hard time making a living with him in office. At last night's GLBT Chamber mayoral forum, candidates David Kunkle and Mike Rawlings agreed that political consultants who run campaigns and raise campaign money ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Mike Rawlings Clobbers Ron Natinsky and David Kunkle in Mayoral Fund-Raising Effort

    Photos by Sam MertenWe're guessing this was Rawlings's reaction when he received bills from his consultants.​Former TracyLocke CEO Mike Rawlings easily outpaced the field of mayoral candidates by raising a whopping $1.03 million -- nearly three times the combined haul of Ron Natinksy and David ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011
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    March 25, 2011

    David Kunkle Says He's Not Hiding Laura Miller's Support Because He Doesn't Have It Yet

    Patrick MichelsFormer Mayor Laura Miller praises then-Police Chief David Kunkle in November 2009 after he announced he was calling it quits​She spoke at former Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle's retirement press conference. She appointed Mike Rawlings to be the city's homeless czar. She was ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Rawlings Nabs Top Spot as Mayoral and City Council Candidates Pick Ballot Positions

    Photos by Sam MertenThe selection of the top spot by mayoral candidate Mike Rawlings turned out to be anticlimactic because it was the only envelope left.​City Secretary Deborah Watkins and her staff oversaw the selection of ballot positions this morning in the Flag Room at City Hall, as mayor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Trifecta of Dallas Mayoral Candidates Offers Little Substance at First Forum

    Photos by Sam MertenThe three announced mayoral candidates -- Ron Natinsky, Mike Rawlings and David Kunkle -- squared off for the first time last night in North Oak Cliff.​Although he typically exhibits a dry temperament, former Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle nabbed some much-needed laughs f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Mayoral Circus 2011: Not the Greatest Show on Earth, but Pretty Fun Anyway

    ​I gotta say: The coming mayoral election season already smells like a holiday for mediatoids. Things are rockin' and rollin' early. Looks to me like the money just tilted way away from North Dallas city council member Ron Natinsky, who thought he had the money. Meanwhile the campaign of for ... More >>

  • News

    January 27, 2011
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    June 22, 2010

    The Only Person Who Counts When It Comes to Counting Wet-Dry Petitions Is City Secretary

    Daniel RodrigueMatt Spiller, owner of Eno's Pizza Tavern, signs the petition at the March 23 kick-off​I see here that Andy Siegel, an attorney at Shackelford, Melton & McKinley, is claiming that Progress Dallas has come up 5,555 signatures short of getting the dry parts of Dallas soaking wet i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Drink Up, For Tomorrow Progress Dallas Begins Petition Drive to End Booze Ban

    ​I've been trying to find out for days when Progress Dallas was going to kick off its petition drive -- you know, the one that would ultimately lead to Dallas getting rid of its those "dry" parts of town. Turns out, all I needed to do was call Sarah Dodd, wife of the No. 1 cop, the commissioner, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    That Zoning Fight Over Simon David Has Moved From the Neighborhood to City Hall

    Sarah Dodd​[Editor's note at 4:27 p.m.: Jim has opted to turn this item into a live blog concerning the afternoon's doings at Dallas City Hall. The Simon David debate has wrapped with a vote in favor of the store's expansion, so the council has moved on to the University of North Texas Dallas camp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Grocer, Point Blank: Randall's Says That "New" Simon David is All But a Done Deal

    ​Well, looks like Randall's Food & Drugs, which owns the Simon David at 7117 Inwood Road, thinks they've got next week's zoning vote at city council in the bag.I wrote to Connie Yates, their PR person, earlier this week, asking questions about their plan to demolish houses and re-route a stre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    Kunkle's Retirement Press Conference Was More Like a Melancholy Family Farewell

    Photos by Patrick MichelsChief David Kunkle at his retirement press conference today; standing next to him, wife Sarah Dodd​When a big-city police chief announces a sudden early retirement, you expect a lot questions -- most of which begin with "Why ...". Apparently, they were all answered las ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009
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    October 15, 2009
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    December 12, 2007

    Till Today, Andrea Grimes Had Never Been in City Council Chambers

    Andrea Grimes, seeking a warm, cozy place in which to curl up before moving south for the winter, is currently at City Hall for those specific use permit yays or nays. Her report, ever-updating, begins here and continues after the jump. 3:56 p.m.: Property owner Billy McCloud is talking. Something ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2007

    The Awards Show That Took Us

    No one could do it better: Picnic of PPT, performing with Shibboleth at last night's Dallas Observer Music Awards ceremony As the fog lifts and the pounding dissipates, a few more things from last night's Dallas Observer Music Awards ... First off, yes, after the jump is a complete list of winners. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2007

    See You Tomorrow Night, Right? Right.

    Merritt Martin The Valentines broke plenty o' hearts -- oooof -- at the Greenville Avenue Public House Saturday night. Saturday night's Dallas Observer Music Awards showcase was a humdinger -- top-notch performances in packed-to-the-rafters venues full of sweaty drunks, and, really, what more could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2007

    The Source of Love

    Look, Los Angeles Times, we read you. Why don't you read us? From today's paper, in a story headlined, "Romancing the source: When journalists become involved with newsmakers, it doesn't necessarily mean they've written their professional obituaries": • In Dallas, television reporter Sarah Dodd an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2007

    Ginger Allen Has a New Gig

    More news this morning from KTVT-Channel 11. A day after the newsroom there learned that ace reporter-anchor Sarah Dodd had departed 12 days earlier comes word that Ginger Allen has been named the full-time co-anchor of CBS 11 News This Morning -- alongside Scott Sams, lucky girl. Allen, of course, ... More >>

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    July 26, 2007

    Dodd Done at Channel 11

    Say it ain't so: KTVT-Channel 11's Sarah Dodd is no longer KTVT-Channel 11's Sarah Dodd. Unfair Park just received a copy of the memo Channel 11's president and general manager Steve Mauldin sent to the staff today, and he celebrates Dodd's myriad achievements at the CBS affiliate without offering a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2007

    Celso Martinez's Waiver Denied. Gonna Have to Move Within DISD Boundaries. We're Done Here, Right?

    Celso Martinez told Sarah Dodd he has the God-given right to live wherever he wanted. Yeah, tell it to the boss, Celso. Celso Martinez was kind enough to call and give me the news personally. Superintendent Michael Hinojosa has denied the DISD spokesperson and associate superintendent's waiver reque ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2007

    Ya Know, We Want to Let This Celso Martinez Thing Go, If Only He'd Stop Lying

    Last week we outed Celso Martinez. Now, as evidenced by Channel 11's report and a DMN piece, he's become quite the media sensation -- like Carrot Top. Really, we'd be done with Celso Martinez by now were it not for his recurring issues with the truth. On Tuesday, four days after Unfair Park broke t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2007

    "Please Hold For Mrs. Kunkle."

    Who do you think Lupe Valdez called back last night: Sarah Dodd or Sarah Kunkle? Because Schutze thinks he too needs a new last name. Sarah Dodd had a good piece last night on KTVT-Channel 11 about "runaway" overtime pay for Dallas County jailers. County Commisiosner John Wiley Price weighed in wit ... More >>

  • News

    January 4, 2007

    C'mon Get Happy

    Even Buzz finds something to smile about in 2006

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    December 7, 2006

    Fifth Time's the Charm

    Till, like, whenever do us part

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    November 22, 2006

    Meet the New Mrs. Chief Kunkle

    We'll assume that the wedding pictures of Sarah and the chief will look a little classier than this hastily assembled job. Actually, you already know her--most of you, anyway. Name's Sarah Dodd. You know--former City Hall reporter for KTVT-Channel 11? The star reporter taken off the beat when it go ... More >>

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    October 12, 2006
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    September 29, 2006

    Mayor: "Steve Pickett Always Smells Good."

    Once, the mayor told us we had broad shoulders, beautiful eyes, a strong handshake and soft skin. We thought nothing of it. If you've read this or this, you're well aware that local TV reporters claim KTVT-Channel 11's Sarah Dodd's too chummy with Mayor Laura Miller. It's a charge that comes from c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2006

    Reporter Envy

    This week, the paper version of Unfair Park has a detailed story on the fledgling romance between Dallas police chief David Kunkle and television reporter Sarah Dodd. Turns out the chief cares enough about Dodd to call us and defend her journalistic integrity. Other reporters, however, including som ... More >>

  • News

    September 28, 2006


    The mayor, local reporters and, of course, Chief Kunkle all have an opinion on Sarah Dodd

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2006

    No Newy. But There's Always Dr. Mona.

    The Lone Star Emmy Award nominations came out this morning, and at least three of the local network affiliates did pretty well--especially WFAA-Channel 8, which got some 53 nods in pretty much every category (including two for a piece called "Inspirational Songs For the Entire Family To Sing," which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2006

    Quacks Like a Lame Duck

    It's so interesting to see Dallas Mayor Laura Miller pop up on TV now. She was on twice in the last 24 hours--while in Washington lobbying for the Wright Amendment and then touring power plants with Sarah Dodd of Channel 11. I thought, "Oh, yeah! Laura Miller! I was wondering whatever happened to he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2006

    Port of Call

    Wanna know why three of your city council members--Ed Oakley, Bill Blaydes and Ron Natinsky--are in China at this very moment? (To beat the heat? For the food? To spend a small fortune of taxpayers' money on a summer vacation?) Well, Sarah Dodd of KTVT-Channel 11 will probably provide the answer whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2006

    Take This Job and Shove It

    Everybody knows why Laura Miller's not running for mayor. And everyone knows who'll take her place. Yeah. Right. Fine. Whatever. It's not surprising to read this morning so many takes on Mayor Laura's announcement yesterday, first to KTVT-Channel 11's Sarah Dodd and then later to The Dallas Morning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2006

    Too Much Information

    Well, the blogster microscope has really drilled down into the cellular structure of the story involving Mayor Laura Miller, her AMR Corp. stock and alleged conflict of interest, and Dallas Morning News reporter Dave Levinthal. Now we've got detailed accounts, via e-mail, from everyone involved--inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2006

    Did I Miss Something?

    With all the huzzahs being handed out over The Dallas Morning News' breaking-new photography Pulitzer Prize--an award that's utterly meaningless, says Slate--seems one local media outlet's been given short shrift concerning its own recent kudos. A few weeks ago, the Radio-Television News Directors A ... More >>

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best TV News Show

    CBS Channel 11 at 10 p.m.

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    November 27, 2003

    Thanks for Nothing

    The return of Gonzilla, and other literary concerns