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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 with a love for all things Austin.

Stephen C. Webster

Stephen C. Webster

Executive Editor

Stephen is the founder of Austin.com, a lifelong Texan, and longtime journalist who previously served as editor of The Raw Story. His consulting company, Proud Highway Media Group, manages Austin.com's editorial operations. In his spare time, Stephen volunteers as a mentor with Vice President Al Gore's Climate Reality Project.

Laurie Lyons

Laurie Lyons

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.

Abby Roedel

Abby Roedel

Contributor

Abby has spent her career in print and television journalism. She’s now happy to have settled in Austin with her husband and their three young children.

Adam Rosenfield

Adam Rosenfield

Contributor

Adam Rosenfield is Austin.com's resident sports maniac. He likes everything from your normal sports to competitive eating and quidditch. He also likes Austin's outdoor scene and is highly involved in young professional groups in the Capitol City.

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.

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.

Daniel Webb

Daniel Webb

Contributor

Daniel got the whole world’s attention when he fist-bumped President Barack Obama from behind the register at Franklin BBQ. When he isn't performing in drag, you can find him co-hosting the weekly “gurl’s night” comedy show at RAIN.

Lauren Gribble

Lauren Gribble

Contributor

Lauren is a freelance writer with a degree in Music Business, and founder of the website Listen Here Reviews. Lauren's work also appears in Coyote Music, Independent Music Promotions, and DEVISE Magazine.

Melissa Massello

Melissa Massello

Contributor

Boston girl gone Austin in 2013. Veteran journalist and entrepreneur passionate about protecting the creative class and champion of all things local, ethical, and socially good. Swears she was normal three rescue dogs ago, but now celebrates that crazy by co-founding #1Dog1Hour.

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.

Neysa Joseph-Orr

Neysa Joseph-Orr

Contributor

Austinite, traveler, writer, and reveler in the velvet-rut of Austin, Neysa can be found in motion, on grass, at tables, and under water.

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.

Sommer Brugal

Contributor

Sommer is a proud South Austin resident by way of the Dominican Republic. On any given day, you can find her writing at a local coffee shop, drinking yet another espresso. When she’s not writing, she’s attending concerts, exploring new hiking trails, or drinking an IPA at one of Austin’s local breweries.

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.

Aaron Marhue

Aaron Marhue

Contributor

Aaron is new to Austin, passionate about tech, local businesses, start-ups, and the entrepreneurs driving Austin’s growth.

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