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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 his time to speak with corporations and governments about climate change and energy efficiency, as a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps. 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, and writes for PictureCorrect.com, Austin.com, and other kind folks who enjoy a few well-written sentences. She feels most at home in her hiking boots, and is pretty sure she’d likely survive a zombie apocalypse. Follow her on Twitter @BraveBirdPhotos.
Scott is one-half of the powerhouse Texas political journal Quorum Report, and works alongside famed Texas writer Harvey Kronberg. He’s specialized in covering business and immigration issues around the state for the last 10 years, in addition to the high-stakes elections that can at times make Austin such an exciting place to live. Follow him on Twitter @ScottBraddock.
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.
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.
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.
Stephanie loves shooting videos, particularly of food and comedians, or sometimes both at the same time. She is, as they say, Very Austin.
Casey Dewey is a recent transplant to Austin. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, he was a film and music critic for the Tucson Weekly for several years. He’s also been a contributing writer at networkawesome.com and Lunc
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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