Michaela Rush joined Dallas Free Press in July 2023, as a Report for America Corps Member. Prior to joining RFA and DFP, Michaela worked at The Battalion student newspaper at Texas A&M, most recently as the editor-in-chief, covering campus news, local businesses, student organizations and LGBTQ+ topics. Outside of journalism, she plays several instruments, including flute and alto saxophone, and is a self-proclaimed “band nerd.”

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‘A South Dallas renaissance’: Juanita Craft legacy mural unveiled

‘A South Dallas renaissance’: Juanita Craft legacy mural unveiled

The new mural depicting Craft at the corner of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. is the first in a series of four South Dallas “legacy murals.” Commissioned by the The Walls Project, The Epiphany Foundation, and New Era Booking, the blue-and-yellow homage to the late civil rights leader was created by South Dallas native and Legendary Lincoln High School graduate Lakeem Wilson.

South Dallas

Michaela Rush - February 13, 2024

Kroger, Bonton Farms, ICDC bring groceries to South Dallas with a delivery service, not a storefront

Kroger, Bonton Farms, ICDC bring groceries to South Dallas with a delivery service, not a storefront

Bonton Farms, Kroger and the Innercity Community Development Corporation are partnering to bring South Dallas neighbors a new grocery option: Grocery Connect. 

Food Apartheid

Michaela Rush - February 7, 2024

What neighbors can expect from Bonton Farms’ new health clinic construction

What neighbors can expect from Bonton Farms’ new health clinic construction

Bonton Farms is set to open a health clinic in early 2025. Most neighbors are excited for the resource, but some had questions about the farms' communication and decision-making process.

South Dallas

Michaela Rush - January 31, 2024

Civic explainer: What is the Dallas City Charter, and how can neighbors change it?

Civic explainer: What is the Dallas City Charter, and how can neighbors change it?

This coming November, the people of Dallas will vote not only for the presidential election, but also for proposed amendments to Dallas’ City Charter. Until this Friday, Jan. 19, anyone in Dallas is invited to submit an amendment proposal to be considered for the citywide ballot. Feedback on proposed amendments is welcomed by the CRC and City Council from now through the finalization of amendments before the November election. 

Dallas News

Michaela Rush - January 18, 2024

These Pinkston programs improve high school attendance, grades and even crime rates

These Pinkston programs improve high school attendance, grades and even crime rates

On a typical day at L.G. Pinkston High School, as students file into classrooms, some make their way to a tucked-in corner room on the building’s second floor. Here, a different type of learning happens, in a more relaxed environment with comfortable chairs and soft lighting. This space is home to Pinkston’s Becoming a Man […]

West Dallas

Michaela Rush - January 8, 2024

Then and now: What’s happening with the West Dallas STEM School?

Then and now: What’s happening with the West Dallas STEM School?

The collaboration between Dallas ISD, Toyota, and SMU is now in its school year, expanding grades as the West Dallas school landscape shifts.

West Dallas

Michaela Rush - December 21, 2023

Civic Explainer: Property tax options

Civic Explainer: Property tax options

As property taxes rise city-wide, Dallas residents have a variety of options for payment plans or exemptions to lower their burden of the bill.

West Dallas

Michaela Rush - December 11, 2023

Follow Up: South Dallas leaders help make GoLink successful, will DART make it permanent?

Follow Up: South Dallas leaders help make GoLink successful, will DART make it permanent?

DART has four rail stops and seven bus routes in and around South Dallas. Yet it takes residents long stretches of time — sometimes hours — to travel by bus within the neighborhood, from their homes to the grocery store or community center. South Dallas leaders like former Dallas councilwoman Diane Ragsdale looked at DART’s […]

South Dallas

Michaela Rush - November 9, 2023

West Dallas residents don’t trust city plans for their land

West Dallas residents don’t trust city plans for their land

At a September Forward Dallas meeting, neighbors voiced anger over the city’s failure to protect the area.

West Dallas

Michaela Rush - October 30, 2023

New South Dallas tech hub at ICDC offers face-to-face help with digital connections

New South Dallas tech hub at ICDC offers face-to-face help with digital connections

Tucked inside the Innercity Community Development Corporation (ICDC) offices off Spring Avenue is a new Connected Dallas “anchor site” for technology access and training for South Dallas neighbors. Here, residents can receive free one-on-one help from trained professionals, access to high-speed internet, help applying for local and federal benefits, and all of their technology questions […]

South Dallas

Michaela Rush - October 27, 2023

Neighbors discuss housing protections, land use at West Dallas Community Vision Plan meeting

Neighbors discuss housing protections, land use at West Dallas Community Vision Plan meeting

On Oct. 12, West Dallas neighbors met to review policy suggestions for housing and land use for the West Dallas Community Vision Plan.

West Dallas

Michaela Rush - October 18, 2023

$45 million renovation at Madison High School has one more year of construction ahead

$45 million renovation at Madison High School has one more year of construction ahead

The “Great” James Madison High School continues its ongoing construction and the community wants to stay informed on its progress.

South Dallas

Michaela Rush - October 13, 2023

City shows South Dallas residents big plans for land use in their neighborhood

City shows South Dallas residents big plans for land use in their neighborhood

As Dallas works to create the city's first comprehensive land use plan, South Dallas neighbors ask how their input will be considered.

South Dallas

Michaela Rush - September 28, 2023

Planned Dallas-Fort Worth high-speed train will cut through West Dallas neighborhood

Planned Dallas-Fort Worth high-speed train will cut through West Dallas neighborhood

As NCTCOG moves forward with its Dallas to Fort Worth high-speed rail project, West Dallas neighbors have questions about potential neighborhood impact.

West Dallas

Michaela Rush - September 19, 2023

Follow Up: La Bajada neighbors miss appeals deadline, but are still looking for legal help to fight the city

Follow Up: La Bajada neighbors miss appeals deadline, but are still looking for legal help to fight the city

Following the Aug. 15 decision to approve a height variance in La Bajada, residents pursue legal action against the City of Dallas.

West Dallas

Michaela Rush - September 18, 2023

Tell us what you think: Fair Park First asks South Dallas neighbors about new community park and three-story parking garage

Tell us what you think: Fair Park First asks South Dallas neighbors about new community park and three-story parking garage

On August 28, Fair Park First CEO Brian Luallen presented plans for a community park and parking garage, seeking input from South Dallas.

South Dallas

Michaela Rush - September 8, 2023

New cloud kitchen is a solution for South Dallas culinary entrepreneurs

New cloud kitchen is a solution for South Dallas culinary entrepreneurs

The new cloud kitchen at 2839 S. Ervay is the final piece in Cornerstone Baptist Church’s development project at The Crossing. Pastor Chris Simmons says this space gives local entrepreneurs the opportunity to expand their business and create affordable and livable wages in the neighborhood.

South Dallas

Michaela Rush - August 31, 2023

La Bajada residents seek legal help after City of Dallas decision eclipses zoning ordinance 

La Bajada residents seek legal help after City of Dallas decision eclipses zoning ordinance 

La Bajada Neighborhood Community Association and neighbors are trying to appeal the quasi-judicial board's decision at the county or district court level, and have until Monday, Aug. 28, according to West Dallas City Councilmember Omar Narvaez’ office.

West Dallas

Michaela Rush - August 24, 2023

West Dallas remembers Isabel “Chavela” Lozada Tavera

West Dallas remembers Isabel “Chavela” Lozada Tavera

Chavela, a lifelong resident of West Dallas, left a lasting legacy of selfless service to her neighborhood.

West Dallas

Michaela Rush - August 14, 2023

Meet Lincoln High School’s new principal: Lance Williams

Meet Lincoln High School’s new principal: Lance Williams

Lincoln High School welcomes a new principal, Lance Williams. Dallas Free Press sat down for a conversation with Williams to learn more about his vision for the 2023-24 school year.

South Dallas

Michaela Rush - August 11, 2023

Meet our new principals: Pinkston’s Tameca Ward and West Dallas Middle School’s Laura Guzman

Meet our new principals: Pinkston’s Tameca Ward and West Dallas Middle School’s Laura Guzman

Dr. L.G. Pinkston High School and West Dallas Middle School welcome new principals, Tameca Ward and Laura Guzman. Dallas Free Press sat down for conversations with Ward and Guzman to learn more about their vision for the 2023-24 school year. 

West Dallas

Michaela Rush - August 11, 2023

Civic Explainer: What is a ‘Neighborhood Stabilization Overlay,’ or NSO?

Civic Explainer: What is a ‘Neighborhood Stabilization Overlay,’ or NSO?

NSO is a Neighborhood Stabilization Overlay, which is a type of zoning district adopted by the City of Dallas in 2005. NSOs can regulate things like how much yard space is allowed on all sides of the home, where the garage is located and whether or not it is attached to the home, as well as the height of homes.

West Dallas

Michaela Rush - August 4, 2023

City of Dallas fails to protect character of La Bajada neighborhood 

City of Dallas fails to protect character of La Bajada neighborhood 

La Bajada residents have expressed frustration that the height and size of several new homes in their neighborhood are incompatible, but the La Bajada NSO is not being honored by the city and outside developers.

West Dallas

Michaela Rush - August 4, 2023