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Katie Friel

Managing Editor

Katie was born outside of Washington, DC. After college, she moved to New York where she honed her journalism skills writing for local music publications.

She landed in Austin for graduate school and instantly fell in love with the city and the tacos. After receiving her MA in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, Katie began her writing career covering business trends, arts and politics. In 2011, Katie was a Carnegie-Knight Foundation Journalism Fellow.

When she's not editing some of the finest writers in Texas, you can usually find Katie riding her bike, maxing out her credit card at Book People, drinking coffee at Jo's or sitting at Liberty Bar. She has a dog named Huck.

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It's a Brew-tiful World

City says local craft brewers can now sell pints of beer on-site

By Katie Friel

What a marvelous day it is to love beer — especially beers from local brewers like Hops & Grain, Austin Beer Works and Jester King. On Thursday, the City Council approved a ...

Burlesque for the Rest

More than tassels and teases, Black Widow Burlesque celebrates 5 years with special performance

By Katie Friel

Burlesque, the campy, sexy performance art that can trace its roots back to the mid-19th century, has been making a comeback over the past decade. Commonly referred to as neo-burlesque ...

To Beard or Not to Beard?

Careful hipsters: Beards may be bad for, ahem, procreating

By Katie Friel

Apparently researchers in the United Kingdom are taking time out their busy tea-sipping schedules to ruin our day. A study published on April 16 in the Royal Society Journal's ...

Celebs Unite for Texas Causes

Mack, Jack & McCounaghey are back for 2nd year of fundraising with Badgley Mischka, Sheryl Crow and more

By Katie Friel

If you weren't lucky enough to make it to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York this winter, never fear! Fashion powerhouse Badgley Mischka are bringing their latest collection to ...

Pet of the Week

Meet APA!'s Emmie, the little terrier who is big on love

By Katie Friel

Sweet lil' Emmie. If you're looking for a calm little sidekick (who looks darn good in a bandana), then Emmie just might be your gal.  Name: Emmie Sex: Female ...

Real Estate Boom

Austin's 2014 housing market could be crazier than ever

By Katie Friel

File this under, "We already knew that." Analysts for Redfin, the technology-based real estate brokerage firm, have released a study on eight of the hottest housing markets in the U ...

Mapping Austin

MIT maps Austin bike wrecks and includes worst streets for accidents

By Katie Friel

When many of us think of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, we imagine rooms filled with smart students, brilliant janitors who solve complex math equations in secret, and research ...

Most Popular Stories

California hatin', Tastemaker Best Restaurants and new lux Austin hotel top more popular stories

By Katie Friel

If you're not attending one of the many, many celebratory festivals taking place in and around Austin this weekend, you're probably recovering from a very busy week. And ...

Don't Mess With Texas (Monthly)

Texas Monthly publisher suing New York Times over editor shuffle

By Katie Friel

Editor's note: After publishing this piece, The New York Times ran a corrected version of its article, clarifying that Emmis Communications has not named Jake Silverstein as a co-defendant ...

Tour de Lance Rolls on

Lance Armstrong makes headlines again after more revelations in doping conspiracy

By Katie Friel

Embattled former cyclist Lance Armstrong is making headlines again this week after documents published in USA Today reveal that most of Armstrong's inner circle knew about his years of ...

Pet of the Week

Meet the magical and mysterious Marlin, APA!'s very own wizardly cat

By Katie Friel

Just because Marlin's a little different, doesn't mean he's not a great cat. Marlin has a condition called stomatitis which means he needs extra care to keep ...

New East Side Joint

Rainey Street veterans debut East Austin's Bar 2211 this weekend

By Katie Friel

After finding success on Rainey Street with The Blackheart and Bungalow, respective owners Jeremy Murray and Jason Steward are teaming up and heading to the east side.  This weekend marks ...

Don't California My Austin

Yup, all of these new people in Austin really are from California

By Katie Friel

Yeah, we know, Bloomberg Businessweek, we know. Austin is growing really fast and blah, blah, blah. In what must be amounting to a slow news week for everyone, Bloomberg published ...

No More Nonstop

JetBlue cancels direct flights from Austin to San Francisco

By Katie Friel

Left your heart in San Francisco? Well, don't plan on taking JetBlue to get it back.  In a statement to KXAN, JetBlue announced that it will no longer be ...

School Blues

New rankings put Texas high schools at the top — but not Austin

By Katie Friel

There's a certain pride that comes with seeing your high school on a list of the best in the country. Even decades after commencement, seeing your alma mater's ...

Most Popular Stories

ACL Hall of Fame, Google Fiber news and Toy Joy's second chance top most popular stories

By Katie Friel

Our most popular stories this week are all celebrations of the best thing about our city. We have stories about giving back, innovation, a second chance, and, of course, Willie ...

Artful Celebrations

The Contemporary Austin celebrates small wonders during Five x Seven

By Katie Friel

The beautiful interiors of Brazos Hall in downtown Austin were transformed into an art lover's paradise on Wednesday night. Celebrating the 15th anniversary of Five x Seven, The Contemporary ...

Dream of the '90s

Delightfully odd casting brings Sex Pistols, NSYNC, Destiny's Child members to Frank Erwin Center

By Katie Friel

Think back to 1999. If you were a teenager, or at least a pop music fanatic, in the late '90s, what would your dream band have looked like? Maybe someone ...

Google Fiber Update

Checking in with Google Fiber: Where (and when) will the first "fiberhoods" launch?

By Katie Friel

There has been a lot of speculation, but little actual news, since it was announced that Google Fiber would be coming to Austin in mid-2014. The high-speed internet service, which ...

Pet of the Week

A true detective: This smart and smiling APA! dog is all Barkley and no bite

By Katie Friel

That face! Those ears! That smile for miles! Barkley — ahem — Detective Barkley (he's a trained drug detection dog) is a 2-year-old, highly intelligent Plott Hound Mix looking for an ...

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