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David J. Wieland, owner and publisher
David is a serial entrepreneur and startup investor who lives in Chicago, but shares Austin.com’s passion for the Texas capital, particularly its startup scene. Follow him on Twitter @DavidJWieland.
Stephen C. Webster, executive editor
Stephen is a life-long Texan, journalist, and photographer who previously worked as editor of The Raw Story, one of the nation’s most popular breaking news websites. Stephen also spent time working for Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The Progressive, The Lone Star Iconoclast, and The News Connection, among others. On the side, he volunteers for Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. His company, Proud Highway Media Group, manages Austin.com and its contributors. Follow Stephen on Twitter @StephenCWebster.
Rebecca has always been good at two things: telling stories and having adventures. She’s rooted in Austin, Texas, where she captains her business, Brave Bird Photography, works as Editor in Chief of Texas Hill Country, and contributes to Austin.com and PictureCorrect.com, among others. Rebecca feels most at home in her hiking boots and is quite sure she’d survive a zombie apocalypse. Follow her on Twitter @rlbennett1 or rlbennett.
Abby Roedel has spent her career in print and television journalism. Previously, she had the opportunity to live in seven different cities within eight years including London, San Francisco and New York. She’s now happy to have settled in Austin with her husband and their three young children. Abby has reported for a number of national publications and news stations. She started her television career as a “one-man band” in a small desert town in New Mexico. Before becoming a mom, she worked for Harpo Productions in Chicago. Abby received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Dickinson College and a Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University. Since Abby is always trying to figure out how to make it all work with family, friends, career goals and just everyday life, she’ll be interviewing a cross section of other Austin moms about what they’re doing in their own lives. Check her out on Twitter @AbbyRoedel.
Vicky H. Sepulveda, is the Creative Director and lead writer on the Chica About Town blog, and has a radio show on Radio Mujer Internacional FM 95.1, Fridays 5-6 p.m. Born in Brooklyn, New York Vicky grew up in Texas and has been in Austin, Texas since 1997. Fluent in English and Spanish, she embraces her Latino culture with gusto, a father from Puerto Rico and mother form Mexico makes for a spicy Latina opinion. She has traveled all over the world and enjoys meeting people from all walks of life. Vicky has a passion for animal welfare and animal rescue organizations and is the proud mother of two wonderful dogs Mimi and Sophie. Catch Chica around town, or follow her on Twitter @.
Arcie Cola got her local celebrity merit badge on the wildly popular Austin public access TV show, “Cookin’ Good,” and expanded her empire with her subsequent show, “The OraCola.” These days she is working on her new web series, “Day Drinkin’ with Arcie Cola,” which was picked up for sponsorship by Austin.com. When she’s not making videos or emceeing a charity event, she serves as the regular host of the Best of Austin-award winning drag show Poo Poo Platter, and occasionally reads tarot and performs “healing” at events and bars around town. You can follow her on Twitter at @Arcieoracola.
Michael Roberts has called Austin home since 2004. In addition to writing about the most eclectic city in Texas, the surrounding area and other interesting topics, he enjoys golf, reading, singing and fantasy football. Michael is also the expert behind Government Careers at About.com. You can follow him on Twitter @AboutGovCareers.
Daniel got the whole world’s attention when he fist-bumped President Barack Obama from behind the register at Franklin BBQ and gave a shout out for gay rights, earning him a feature in The Austin Chronicle and more local notoriety than he knew what to do with. (He later explained that whole incident was supposed to be a gay joke about Rick Perry.) Now he writes for Austin.com as our comedy and style editor, which complements his other (non-restaurant) pursuits: Being fabulous on the local drag scene and co-hosting the weekly “gurl’s night” comedy show at RAIN on Fourth Street. Follow him on Twitter @RuebenBoobies.
Lauren is a freelance writer who is originally from California and has been in Austin for four years. She graduated from Austin Community College in 2013 with a degree in Music Business and is now focusing on starting a career as a music journalist. She runs her own website called Listen Here Reviews which focuses on music news, album reviews, interviews, artist flashbacks, and much more. In addition to running Listen Here Reviews, Lauren also writes album reviews for Coyote Music in Austin, Independent Music Promotions in Vancouver, Canada, and DEVISE Magazine in Los Angeles. Outside of writing, Lauren enjoys exploring Austin, reading, traveling, and playing drums. Follow her on Twitter @lauren_gribble.
Chilimbwe Washington, “Chill” to anyone who actually tries to say his name (Chi-lim-bway), hails from Detroit and has lived in Austin for 18 years. Hopscotching all over the ATX, he’s done voice-over work, camera work, stage handing and is currently in I.T. Former President of the local Autodesk Animator’s Users Group Association, Chill is busily honing his skills to become a Visual Effects Technical Director. Married for eight years with two children, he is also co-owner and founder of a media production company called Mocha Latte Productions.
Gina is an Austinite, writer, and experienced music promoter. She is also the author of three books, and a member of The Authors Guild and The Professional Writers of Austin. She attended Columbia and Forham Universities in New York City and holds a B.A. in English and Journalism. Gina is currently the owner of Ginaraq PR, a public relations company dedicated to promoting artists and musicians in Austin and around the world. She became a member of The Recording Academy, Texas Chapter, in 2014. Follow her on Twitter @ginaraquel.
Shea Carley is a native Austinite who has recently moved back to her hometown after spending some time on the west coast. She received her BA from the University of Texas in anthropology with a minor in photojournalism, and has since pursued her love of visual culture through the photographic exploration of both natural and urban landscapes. Some of her favorite activities include wandering around abandoned buildings with her Canon ae-1, dancing to live local bands, and going on impromptu road trips. Check out her work-in-progress website at sheacarley.com or follow her on tumblr at sheacarley.tumblr.com.
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