The Austin American-Statesman
is the major daily newspaper
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Austin is the capital city of the U.S. state of :Texas and the seat of Travis County. Located in Central Texas on the eastern edge of the American Southwest, it is the fourth-largest city in Texas and the 14th most populous city in the United States. It was the third-fastest-growing large city in...
, the capital city of Texas
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. It is an award-winning publication owned by Cox Enterprises
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. The Newspaper
places focus on issues affecting Austin and the Central Texas region.
endorsed George W. Bush in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, and Republican governor Rick Perry along with every other Republican incumbent in 2006. In the 2008 presidential election, however, the paper endorsed Barack Obama. The Statesman
also provides coverage of the Libertarian Party
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and Green Party
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The Austin American-Statesman
competes with the Austin Chronicle
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, an alternative weekly
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. The paper tends to print Associated Press
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, New York Times
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, The Washington Post
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and Los Angeles Times
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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
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, especially the annual South by Southwest Music Festival
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. The newspaper co-sponsors various events around Austin such as the Capital 10K foot race and the Season for Caring charity campaign.
news website is Statesman.com
and its entertainment site is Austin360.com
. In addition, the Statesman
partners with the St. Petersburg Times
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with PolitiFact Texas
, a site that uncovers the truth in issues that are relevant to Texas and the Austin area.
Though Austin is the 15th largest city (and the 36th largest metropolitan area
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) 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. Figures from Scarborough Research show the Statesman
— in print and online — reaches 68% of Central Texans in an average week.
Coincident with the fact that Austin is also one of America's most Internet
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-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. 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.
- Editor: Debbie Hiott
- Assistant managing editors: Drew Marcks, Sharon Roberts
- Ahora Si editor: Josefina Villicana-Casati
- Austin360.com editor: Kristi Kingston
- Business editor: Barry Harrell
- Editorial page editor: Arnold Garcia
- Features editor: Kathy Blackwell
- Graphics director: G.W. Babb
- Internet managing editor: Zach Ryall
- State editor: Debra Davis
- Statesman.com editor: Kristi Kingston
- Systems editor: Doug Miller