Mike Parker

Editor, Pflugerville Pflag & Round Rock Leader

Mike Parker is editor of the Round Rock Leader and Pflugerville Pflag community newspapers. He previously worked on the Austin American-Statesman webdesk. Before that he oversaw the Cedar Park-Leander Statesman, which covered Cedar Park, Leander, Northwest Austin and southwestern Williamson County. Mike joined Austin Community Newspapers, an affiliate of the American-Statesman, in May 2005 as editor of the North Lake Travis Log. The weekly paper covered Jonestown, Lago Vista and Point Venture for 30 years before publishing its final issue in September 2011. In 2008, Mike helped create two new publications: the Cedar Park Citizen and Leander Ledger. Both papers were the impetus for creating the CPL Statesman, a weekly newspaper, in March 2012. The newspaper was delivered to nearly 30,000 homes until publishing its final issue Oct. 30, 2013. Mike has written for magazines and newspapers since his freshman year at Texas State University. He and his wife have a son and daughter. He enjoys playing guitar and bass, reading real crime novels and watching old episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Latest from Mike Parker

United Way of Williamson County Day of Caring Sept. 28
 The United Way Day of Caring, where hundreds take part in serving communities throughout Williamson County, kicks off at 8 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Round Rock Sports Center. The annual event overseen by United Way of Williamson County has had local residents offering a helping hand to local nonprofits and schools and beautifying and renovating...

Posted: 3 days ago

The United Way Day of Caring, where hundreds take part in serving communities throughout Williamson County, kicks off at 8 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Round Rock Sports Center. The annual event overseen by United Way of Williamson County has had local residents offering a helping hand to local nonprofits and schools and beautifying and renovating...
Round Rock woman loses $12,000 in ‘grandparent scam’
 The ring of her home telephone shook the elderly woman awake from a nap one afternoon in May. She picked up the phone to hear something that made her heart race: One of her grandsons was stuck in jail, and he desperately needed money to post bail. The phone call and ensuing conversation would eventually lead the woman to buy $12,000 in gift...

Posted: 3 days ago

The ring of her home telephone shook the elderly woman awake from a nap one afternoon in May. She picked up the phone to hear something that made her heart race: One of her grandsons was stuck in jail, and he desperately needed money to post bail. The phone call and ensuing conversation would eventually lead the woman to buy $12,000 in gift...
Sexual assault suspect sought by Pflugerville police arrested in Canada
 A special task force and Canadian law enforcement collaborated in arresting and extraditing a fugitive wanted on a sexual assault charge in Pflugerville. Olanrewaju Sodiq Fadairo, 28, a Nigerian citizen, was arrested in Montreal and extradited to Texas Thursday afternoon, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service. The Lone...

Posted: 7 days ago

A special task force and Canadian law enforcement collaborated in arresting and extraditing a fugitive wanted on a sexual assault charge in Pflugerville. Olanrewaju Sodiq Fadairo, 28, a Nigerian citizen, was arrested in Montreal and extradited to Texas Thursday afternoon, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service. The Lone...
Debate on Pflugerville annexation into ACC heats up
 Despite being months away from Election Day, a robust discussion is already underway on whether the Pflugerville area should be annexed into the Austin Community College district, with supporters and opponents making their case on social media and in the community. While the idea of annexing the Pflugerville area into ACC is not a new topic...

Posted: 10 days ago

Despite being months away from Election Day, a robust discussion is already underway on whether the Pflugerville area should be annexed into the Austin Community College district, with supporters and opponents making their case on social media and in the community. While the idea of annexing the Pflugerville area into ACC is not a new topic...
Great local spots to watch football on TV
 Attention sports fans: we are entering football-watching season. With the first game of the NFL season held Thursday, it’s time to grab your team’s T-shirt and head to the local watering hole for an easy Sunday of appetizers, refreshments and camaraderie. While watching the game at home is plenty fun, there’s something to...

Posted: 14 days ago

Attention sports fans: we are entering football-watching season. With the first game of the NFL season held Thursday, it’s time to grab your team’s T-shirt and head to the local watering hole for an easy Sunday of appetizers, refreshments and camaraderie. While watching the game at home is plenty fun, there’s something to...
Round Rock police searching for missing teen
 A family is asking the public for help in finding a Round Rock girl that has been missing for over a week. Kierra “Katrina” Espy, 16, of Round Rock was reported missing by her family on Aug. 22 after she hadn’t been seen for two days, said Round Rock police spokesperson Nick Olivier. A family member said Espy is 5-foot-3...

Posted: 21 days ago

A family is asking the public for help in finding a Round Rock girl that has been missing for over a week. Kierra “Katrina” Espy, 16, of Round Rock was reported missing by her family on Aug. 22 after she hadn’t been seen for two days, said Round Rock police spokesperson Nick Olivier. A family member said Espy is 5-foot-3...
Round Rock hosts one of the busiest sections of Interstate 35
 A two-vehicle wreck early Wednesday on Interstate 35 near RM 1431 closed two southbound lanes. Round Rock police responded to the fender bender just after 7 a.m., reopening both lanes about an hour later. The collision is not unusual on the stretch of I-35, which is considered one of the busiest — and most congested — highways...

Posted: 21 days ago

A two-vehicle wreck early Wednesday on Interstate 35 near RM 1431 closed two southbound lanes. Round Rock police responded to the fender bender just after 7 a.m., reopening both lanes about an hour later. The collision is not unusual on the stretch of I-35, which is considered one of the busiest — and most congested — highways...
Round Rock ISD $508M bond package includes 200 items
 A $508 million bond election called by the Round Rock school board Monday includes 200 expenditures with estimated costs ranging from $43,000 to $50 million. The variety of projects and expenditures — from renovating school parking lots to buying buses to completely rebuilding a middle school campus — are being packaged in the...

Posted: 29 days ago

A $508 million bond election called by the Round Rock school board Monday includes 200 expenditures with estimated costs ranging from $43,000 to $50 million. The variety of projects and expenditures — from renovating school parking lots to buying buses to completely rebuilding a middle school campus — are being packaged in the...
Crowded field in Round Rock ISD board elections
 Trustees Edward Hanna, Suzi David and Steven Math each face at least one opponent in Nov. 6 Round Rock school board elections, while two candidates are seeking to succeed board President Diane Cox, who is not seeking re-election. The list of 11 candidates is set after the candidacy filing period closed on Monday, setting the stage for a busy...

Posted: 29 days ago

Trustees Edward Hanna, Suzi David and Steven Math each face at least one opponent in Nov. 6 Round Rock school board elections, while two candidates are seeking to succeed board President Diane Cox, who is not seeking re-election. The list of 11 candidates is set after the candidacy filing period closed on Monday, setting the stage for a busy...
Amended Pflugerville transit plan lists rollout options
 Ernest Tomes approached the podium inside the Pflugerville City Council chambers with the help of a friend. After Assistant City Manager Trey Fletcher helped the blind man find the mic, Tomes explained his difficulties in getting around town. “It’s hard for people like me, my dad and other blind individuals that I know, that can&rsquo...

Posted: 29 days ago

Ernest Tomes approached the podium inside the Pflugerville City Council chambers with the help of a friend. After Assistant City Manager Trey Fletcher helped the blind man find the mic, Tomes explained his difficulties in getting around town. “It’s hard for people like me, my dad and other blind individuals that I know, that can&rsquo...