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Tanya Eiserer Leaves Dallas Morning News

Weren’t we just talking about Tanya Eiserer? Oh, yes we were. Last week, her name came up when Police Chief David Brown reminded everyone on Twitter that Eiserer once used the word “cocksucker” in connection with him. Was the word leveled at him? Was it only leveled near him? That’s unclear. What did become clear last week was that Eiserer, who covers cops, does not have a good relationship with the top cop. It would be dangerous and irresponsible to speculate that her departure from the News is in any way related to those events last week. So let’s just pass along the memo to staff:

To all: We are sad to report that staff writer Tanya Eiserer is leaving. She’s not going far. Across the street to WFAA-TV. She’s taking on a a new, multi-faceted gig: some on-air reporting, behind-the-scenes work, contributor to its Sunday morning political show, blogger.

Tanya, a Texas native, has been covering public safety and police departments since 1996, first at papers in Pasadena, Abilene, Omaha and Fort Worth. She joined The News in 2002 as a night cops reporter — and things have been on fire ever since. Just this past year, she has been at the center of several high-profile events: the Kaufman County prosecutor slayings, the South Dallas serial rapist, the Saginaw child murder, the Terrell slayings, the fall of the “glam scammer” and a series of controversial police shootings.

Before, with her newsroom colleagues, she exposed DPD’s flawed hiring practices, which triggered the firing of several police officers. She and others looked at Dallas school district employees with criminal histories, work that resulted in dozens of firings, a state investigation and a state law that required fingerprinting of all school district employees. Also, she and Steve Thompson did a number of stories that raised questions about DPD’s handling of crime stats. Just last year, she won a Dallas Bar Association Stephen Philbin Award for her piece about a Dallas man who was accused of killing his girlfriend but went free because of the double-jeopardy standard.

Tayna will be in her seat here until Jan. 31. Until then she will be practicing her throw-back to the studio anchors. We wish her the best of luck. Our only advice: dont let them make you stand outside during rainstorms to do a live shot.

6 comments on “Tanya Eiserer Leaves Dallas Morning News

  1. A good reporter…. but it must have been difficult when the Chief of Police goes all super secret and publicly whines about how much he hates her and won’t deal with her. (of course, this too, fell under A.C. Gonzalez’ portfolio… so I guess Gonzalez endorsed this sort of unprofessional behavior on Brown’s part)

  2. I am led to believe that Channel 8 made Eiserer an offer that the DMN simply couldn’t counter. Last week had nothing to do with the move.

  3. Well, good for her. Nice to see some upward mobility remains for those working in the journalism profession.

  4. This is true. The DMN very much wanted to keep her. Increasingly, there are fewer people on staff who’ve held important beats for a long time. This can be a good thing — new blood, blah blah — but it obviously isn’t great for a large news org to lose someone to a competitor (which Channel 8 now is) who has great contacts on the cop beat.

    Side note: I made the argument to a DMNer yesterday that I think the WFAA divorce is great for both companies. They have the deepest benches and the most eyeballs in the market. They should proper hate each other and fight for stories, not try to figure out how to work together better. It makes both companies better.

  5. I for one never thought much of the annual news sweep stories about people with records working for the school district. People coming out of jail need a job — I am not suggesting that pedophiles be close to children or anything like that, but too often it seemed like it was some poor janitor who had paid his debt to society 15 years ago — and ended up being fired.