About Austin.com


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Austin.com is a new type of publication that merges the very best of business journalism, viral web writing, and hyper-local community news into a single cohesive product. We exist to promote the things we love about our city and spread the gospel that is Austin.

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Site and content by Proud Highway Media Group.




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 MonthlyThe Dallas Business JournalThe Dallas Morning NewsFort 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 L. Bennett


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, 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.contently.com.

Abby Roedel

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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.

Arcie Cola

Arcie Cola. Photo by Erica Nix.

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

Michael Roberts

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.

Lauren Gribble


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.