Wayne Slater is senior political writer for The Dallas Morning News. He was appointed to his new position after serving 15 years as Austin bureau chief for the News. He has appeared on numerous network television shows and is coauthor of the New York Times best seller, Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential, published by John Wiley & Sons.
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 H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. He traveled for 16 months full-time covering the presidential campaign of George W. Bush. He has covered every Republican and Democratic national convention since 1988, seven sessions of the Texas Legislature, and the administrations of Texas Governors Bill Clements, Ann Richards, George W. Bush, and Rick Perry. He has appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press," CNN's "Crossfire" and "Inside Politics," ABC's "Nightline" and "Good Morning America," C-Span, National Public Radio and Fox News' "The Beltway Boys" and "The O'Reilly Factor." He was also featured in the film documentary about the 2000 Bush presidential campaign, "Journeys with George," which appeared on HBO. His book, Bush's Brain, has been made into a feature documentary.
Slater began his journalism career as a reporter with the Parkersburg (W.Va.) Sentinel. Before joining The Dallas Morning News, he worked for the Associated Press in West Virginia, Kansas, Illinois, and Colorado.
He earned an undergraduate degree at West Virginia University and attended graduate school in journalism at Ohio University.