Robert Wilonsky, The Dallas Morning News

Robert Wilonsky

The Dallas Morning News

Dallas, TX, United States

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Past articles by Robert:

The Devil in David Kunkle’s Brain

Sarah Dodd knew something was wrong with her husband in November 2019. Though, if she’s being honest, she began to worry at least a year before that,... → Read More

Still in ruin in northwest Dallas, we wonder what’s next

Up here in northwest Dallas, there has been an upside to staying home that has nothing to do with a highly contagious pathogen. I haven’t had to drive... → Read More

Good riddance to the place called the ‘Han Hell,’ where drugs and death were dealt

Tuesday morning, a little before 8, I drove the four minutes from my house to the Han Gil Hotel Town to watch the place get torn down. At last. Thank God.... → Read More

From tornado to pandemic, a bittersweet graduation at Thomas Jefferson High School

Construction crews took down the fences surrounding Thomas Jefferson High School a few days ago, revealing not only a campus still in ruin after October’s... → Read More

Being charitable in a pandemic means giving anything you can afford to anyone who needs it

A few days ago I was talking to the heads of this town’s biggest foundations about the mountains of pleas piling up on their desks. From everyone. For... → Read More

For so many young athletes now, the game is over too soon

Hillcrest and Carter high schools’ varsity baseball teams should have been somewhere in the late innings Tuesday afternoon, finishing the first of two... → Read More

My friends’ stores are now closed because they aren’t ‘essential.’ I wonder what essential means

Monday evening, when the sky was still an appropriate shade of gloomy, I went to watch a friend close down his family’s 30-year-old business. Dallas County’s... → Read More

In a strange and quiet Dallas, we are somehow rediscovering each other

I went downtown last week to meet a couple of old friends for a long-scheduled work-related get-together — our last get-together for a while, I figure. A... → Read More

Robert Wilonsky’s recluse guide to working from home in the age of coronavirus

For almost five months now, really since Oct. 20, the night tornadoes cut through my part of town and carved up the city, I’ve been working from the house,... → Read More

Panic at the grocery: In the age of coronavirus, remember to leave some for your neighbor

I had no interest in nor intention to write anything about the panic that comes with a pandemic, even after Dallas ISD canceled my boy’s baseball season... → Read More

Clean-up at southeast Dallas’ Shingle Mountain begins just as Texas steps into City Hall’s fight

First, the city of Dallas came for Shingle Mountain, yet still it remains. Now the state of Texas wants it gone by no later than mid-June. That’s according... → Read More

In West Dallas, Habitat for Humanity is selling land once promised for affordable housing

On Monday morning, a giant piece of weedy West Dallas land buried in trash and tires was on the market for more than $1.35 million -- a steep ask for a... → Read More

Why the police, fire pension system felt it had no choice but to sue Dallas over missing millions

The Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, not long ago teetering on the edge of insolvency with an unfunded liability around $3 billion, has taken City... → Read More

West Dallas gas station linked to Bonnie and Clyde could become landmark over owner’s objections

Brent Jackson, who recently bought the long-ago home and service station owned by Clyde Barrow’s father, made it clear Monday he has no interest in saving... → Read More

Judge rules that Dallas City Hall owes gas-drillers Trinity East more than $44 million

Dallas City Hall owes gas driller Trinity East Energy $44.5 million – and counting. That’s according to the final judgement signed Thursday afternoon by... → Read More

Here’s how a good project, and your money, crashed and burned in a South Dallas landmark

Along Pennsylvania Avenue and South Trunk Avenue, within eyesight of the Texas Star and the Cotton Bowl, sits just another South Dallas double-cross. The... → Read More

On Fair Park land once stolen by Dallas City Hall, hope that a park could finally heal old wounds

The men and women tasked with running and redesigning Fair Park went to Dallas City Hall last week bearing good news delivered with flashy PowerPoints and... → Read More

In a ‘rural’ SE Dallas neighborhood, worry over 100 new homes, rotten streets and broken promises

Ninety-nine homes are planned for a slice of southeast Dallas where horses are kept in front yards and chickens wander empty streets and vacant lots. And... → Read More

‘Beard,’ the Dallas bouncer and a Deep Ellum institution for decades, has died at 67

Word began circulating around 2:30 Friday afternoon: Beard is dead. That was not his real name, of course. He was born Aug. 5, 1952, in Lexington, Ken., as... → Read More

Dallas is creating an $11 million broadcast studio at Fair Park. Now it has to figure out why

This week I toured a place I didn’t think actually existed — Dallas City Hall’s broadcast studio out at Fair Park. It’s in a historic building that once... → Read More