Early this month, we published a piece to FrontBurner entitled “Lew Blackburn’s Sex Problem.” The story went through what felt like a month’s worth of drafts and rewrites until city columnist Eric Celeste got the piece just right. And then The Dallas Morning News’ Corbett Smith went and reported on some of the details of a settlement between the Dallas Independent School District and a fired staffer named Tonya Saddler Grayson. Eric had information that The News didn’t—namely, that trustee Lew Blackburn had sex with Grayson and then later sat on the tribunal that upheld her firing.
So we put it online immediately—as editor of the website, it is always a joy to publish print content weeks before the issue hits newsstands—and you can find it in its physical form today. We’d also like to see the conversation continue, so we brought Eric onto EarBurner to jaw about the situation. As you can imagine, Eric goes deeper into DISD for us, talking about the power dynamics of those on the board and their relationship with their top subordinate, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa.
(Another teaser, if that doesn’t do it for you: Tim also discusses his failed attempt at meeting the porn starring alleged presidential mistress Stormy Daniels, who may live in Forney.) Show notes after the jump.Read More