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An example of a cover from The Austin American-Statesman in 2008.
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The Austin American Statesman
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner Cox Enterprises
Publisher Michael Vivio
Editor Fred Zipp
Founded 1871
(as the Democratic Statesman)
Headquarters 305 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704
 United States
Circulation 151,520 daily
186,219 Sunday[1]
ISSN 1553-8451
Official website

The Austin American-Statesman is the major daily newspaper for Austin, the capital city of Texas. It is an award-winning publication owned by Cox Enterprises. The Statesman places focus on issues affecting Austin and the Central Texas region.

The Statesman endorsed George W. Bush in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections[2], and Republican governor Rick Perry along with every other Republican incumbent in 2006. In the 2008 presidential election, however, the paper endorsed Barack Obama.[2] The Statesman also provides coverage of the Libertarian Party and Green Party matters.

The Austin American-Statesman competes with the Austin Chronicle, an alternative weekly. The paper tends to print Associated Press, New York Times, The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times international and national news, but has strong Central Texas coverage, especially in political reporting. The Statesman benefits from the culture and writing heritage of Austin. It extensively covers the music scene, especially the annual South by Southwest Music Festival. The newspaper co-sponsors various events around Austin such as the Capital 10K foot race and the Season for Caring charity campaign.

The Statesman's news website is and its entertainment site is



Though Austin is the 15th largest city (and the 36th largest metropolitan area) in the U.S., the American-Statesman does not rank in the top 25 U.S., it actually ranks only 60th in circulation. according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.[3] Figures from carborough Research show the Statesman — in print and online — reaches 68% of Central Texans in an average week.[4]

Coincident with the fact that Austin is also one of America's most Internet-connected cities, though not ranked in the 25 largest "connected" cities, the Statesman's daily circulation trend ranks among those cities whose major newspaper is seeing drops of 5% or more.[5] As compared to a U.S. national decline of 2.1%, the Statesman's daily circulation in the most recent six-month reporting period fell 5.6% to 173,527. Its Sunday circulation fell 5.5% to 215,984.

Newsroom management

Austin American-Statesman headquarters
  • Editor: Fred Zipp
  • Managing editor: Debbie Hiott
  • Assistant managing editors: Drew Marcks, Sharon Roberts
  • Ahora Si editor: Josefina Villicana-Casati
  • editor: Gary Dinges
  • Customer Service Rep: Dan Nelson
  • Business editor: Kathy Warbelow
  • Editorial page editor: Arnold Garcia
  • Features editor: Kathy Blackwell
  • Graphics director: G.W. Babb
  • Internet managing editor: Zach Ryall
  • Sports editor: Erik Robinson
  • State editor: Debra Davis
  • editor: Kristi Kingston
  • Systems editor: Doug Miller


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