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Austin.com is a unique local media website fashioned from the ground up with the goal of making Austin, Texas a more welcoming, connected, friendly community for everyone who lives here, and particularly those who stake a claim and start a business in our city.

This site is a production of Proud Highway Media Group, LLC., an Austin, Texas media consultancy specializing in startup and nonprofit communications. Oh, and we’re also hosted on WPEngine, Austin’s premiere platform for WordPress websites.

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Who We Are…

David Wieland

David Wieland

Publisher

David is a serial entrepreneur and investor.

Stephen C. Webster

Stephen C. Webster

Executive Editor

Stephen is a career journalist, life-long Texan, and the founder of Austin.com. You can catch him in his off hours mentoring with Vice President Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, or sipping a local whiskey with his nose in a book at a bar south of the river.

Laurie Lyons-Makaimoku

Laurie Lyons-Makaimoku

Managing Editor

As a long time Austin resident, Laurie is a big fan of dive bars, the Spurs, and low-key celebrity stalking. She's also a UT grad with a master's in New Media Journalism, and has never met a pug that she didn't like.

Arcie Cola

Arcie Cola

Contributor

Arcie is co-creator of the wildly popular Austin public access TV show "Cookin' Good." When she's not writing or making videos, she hosts drag shows and reads Tarot cards around town.

Chad Swiatecki

Chad Swiatecki

Contributor

Chad Swiatecki is a writer and editor in Austin, focused on entertainment, culture, business, and local politics. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and has worked or written for Rolling Stone, Spin, Consequence of Sound, Texas Monthly, New York Daily News, Austin American-Statesman, Austin Business Journal, Grantland, and many other publications.

Chilimbwe Washington

Chilimbwe Washington

Contributor

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. He is the founder of Austin-based Mocha Latte Productions.

Christina Boudreaux

Christina Boudreaux

Twenty-eight year old mom, traveler, grad student, blogger and native Austinite. Smitten with my little family and adventures of every size.

Dani Dudek

Dani Dudek

Contributor

Dani Dudek is an Emmy-winning marketer who has been active professionally in the entertainment industry for two decades. She has mastered the art of celebrity spotting across the country, but does so best in Austin, where she runs the website ATXGossip.com. With a special eye for even the most minor of celebs, she is basically Shazam and IMDB together in human form.

Elisabeth.co

Elisabeth.co

Designer

Elisabeth.co is a design and digital strategy firm in Austin, Texas. Established 2014. Let's talk big picture.

Michael Roberts

Michael Roberts

Contributor

Michael has lived in Austin for more than a decade. He enjoys writing and ghostwriting about a wide variety of subjects.

VodkaGirlATX

VodkaGirlATX

Contributor

Nicole is a freelance writer who is passionate about the schmooze, the shoes, and the booze - especially vodka. She enjoys discovering new places to network, enjoy craft cocktails or find a great shoe deal. She owns a social media management and training company and is founder of VodkaGirlATX.

Phat Foodies

Phat Foodies

Contributor

The Phat Foodies are Marty Kawa and Courtney Clark. Marty and Courtney are a South Austin couple with a penchant for creativity. Find them on Instagram @PhatFoodies.

Rebecca L. Bennett

Rebecca L. Bennett

Contributor

Rebecca is a chronic adventurer and storyteller. Her words and pictures have been published in Austin.com, Georgetown View Magazine, Hill Country View Magazine, PictureCorrect.com, and other publications. More facts: Rebecca feels most at home in her hiking boots, would survive a zombie apocalypse, and chronicles her daily exploits on Instagram @rlbennettwrites. Connect with her at rlbennett.net.

Rebecca West

Rebecca West

Contributor

New Yorker turned New Austinite. Creative Copywriter with a passion for art, street style and self improvement. Often found in killer situations and is sorry if you're not following her on Snapchat.

Stephanie Martens

Stephanie Martens

Contributor

Stephanie's lifelong passion to help pets get home inspired Austin Lost and Found Pets, the primary resource for reuniting lost pets and their families in the Austin area.