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Katie Friel

Managing Editor

Katie is the managing editor of CultureMap Austin.

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, sipping coffee at Jo's or sitting at the Liberty. She has a dog named Huck.

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We Made Another List!

Austin is the No. 4 city for singles because it's filled with 'bearded Peter Pans'

By Katie Friel

Okay, we get it. Austin's a great city for single people. Over the past 12 months, BBC, WalletHub and Conde Nast Traveler are just a few of the outlets ...


Flashy Move

Kendra Scott is leaving posh South Congress headquarters

By Katie Friel

Local jewelry maven Kendra Scott announced she's ditching her company's South Congress Avenue headquarters for a new space in Central Austin. Kendra Scott Design, Inc. will anchor Lamar ...


Superstar Fundraiser

Jimmy Kimmel to perform at ACL Live for special Mack, Jack & McConaughey fundraiser

By Katie Friel

It seems Jimmy Kimmel just can't get enough of our fair city. On Wednesday, Mack, Jack & McConaughey, the annual two-day fundraiser hosted by former Longhorns coach Mack Brown, musician ...


Juliet Sweet Juliet

New Italian restaurant from Asti alum destined for Barton Springs Road

By Katie Friel

The space at 1500 Barton Springs Rd., which in recent years housed Romeo's Italian Grill & Bar and Umami Mia Pizzeria, will be home to a new Italian restaurant: Juliet ...


Not So Breaking News

Austin lands on top 10 list of richest cities in the U.S.

By Katie Friel

Though you can still get a Lone Star and a shot of whiskey for $5 at most dive bars, the cost of living is inching ever higher in the Capital ...


Vegan Haute Cuisine

Top chef crafts vegan haute cuisine for new Austin delivery service

By Katie Friel

Following the opening of high-profile, vegetable-centric restaurants like Gardner, it's easy to argue that veggies are making their return to the culinary spotlight. (Though, some could argue, they never ...


Can't Stop Won't Stop

New interactive map offers a glimpse into the Austin of 2030

By Katie Friel

We all know Austin is growing (despite the fact that we're just so unhappy), but just how many people are projected to move here? Using historical trends and census ...


Family Friendly Fest

KUTX's MapJam announces lineup for day-long music festival

By Katie Friel

MapJam, KUTX's annual all ages, day-long event returns on Saturday, February 21, taking over venues downtown and in East Austin.  Peligrosa, Sip Sip, Ruby Jane, Walker Lukens & the Side ...


Real Life Soap Opera

Former soap opera star arrested in Austin for DWI after beer run gone wrong

By Katie Friel

Former One Life to Live star Brandon Buddy was arrested in North Austin on January 18 for Driving While Intoxicated, an Austin Police spokesperson confirmed to CultureMap. An allegedly intoxicated ...


Sad Sacks

Misery loves tacos: Austin is one of the unhappiest places to work in the country

By Katie Friel

On January 16, an article appeared in Forbes counting down the 10 happiest and unhappiest cities to work in the U.S. Based on an annual study by CareerBliss, a ...


Another Day Another Controversy

Video of vicious attack at Austin's Kung Fu Saloon stirs up new questions

By Katie Friel

Less than two weeks after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission announced it was launching an investigation into downtown Austin's Kung Fu Saloon, video of the attack that prompted the ...


Pair Sells Underwear

These Austin dudes are ensuring no man wears gross underwear ever again

By Katie Friel

For most women, it's difficult to imagine a world in which you don't shop for new underwear. It has holes? Replace it! Is the elastic shot? Toss it ...


Master Blaster

Stevie Wonder adds Austin performance to critically acclaimed tour

By Katie Friel

Get ready to jam until the break of dawn when Stevie Wonder comes to the Frank Erwin Center on April 4. That's right, the man who has created 49 ...


Kimmel Is Back

Jimmy Kimmel Live! is coming back to Austin for 5 epic SXSW shows

By Katie Friel

Jimmy Kimmel Live! is coming back to Austin, ABC announced on Wednesday. The late night talk show, famous for its stunts and viral videos, will film five shows at the ...


Central Texas Quarantine

Fort Hood soldier found dead after returning from Ebola mission in West Africa

By Katie Friel

A Fort Hood soldier who recently returned from West Africa has been found dead in his Killeen apartment, the Fort Hood Public Affairs office said on Tuesday. The solider, who ...


Kick Her When She's Down

Guess what Wendy Davis' replacement wore to the Texas Capitol Tuesday?

By Katie Friel

Go ahead and cue the "kick her when she's down" jokes. As lawmakers filed into the Texas State Capitol on Tuesday to kick off the 84th Texas Legislature, State ...


Austin Gives Back

GeneroCity Awards honors local businesses giving back to the community

By Katie Friel

What: The third annual GeneroCity Awards hosted by Austin Gives Where: Hilton Austin The lowdown: Austin's philanthropic community gathered on January 8 to celebrate three local businesses dedicated to ...


Stay Gold Ponyboy

White Horse and Hole in the Wall partner up for snazzy new East Austin bar

By Katie Friel

More than a year after The White Horse owner Denis O'Donnell told us about plans to open a new bar in the former home of El Leon on East ...


Top Stories

Austin's 30 Under 30, best local beer bars and more top stories

By Katie Friel

If you have any doubt about Austin's culinary prowess, look no further than this week's top stories. It's the season of "best of" lists, and Austin has ...


Gray Lady Snub

New York Times skips Austin and declares San Antonio a 'must-see' destination

By Katie Friel

Once upon a time, not too long ago, the New York Times really enjoyed writing about Austin. (We mean really enjoyed it. Like, a lot.) So imagine our surprise when ...


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