Politics & Media
2016 Readers Poll
2016 Critics Picks

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Best Activist

We don't always agree, but you won't find a more dedicated activist than Dave. He's got more passion for social justice in his pinky than half the state of Texas has for literally anything. Kristina Puerto

Sierra Club
1202 San Antonio St.
512/477-1729, lonestar.chapter@sierraclub.org

Best City Official

Big job to be Austin's Mayor. Steve Adler is pragmatic and visionary, a perfect combination for a leader of the times. Mary Jane Monsivais

301 W. Second

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Best Local Blog

This always gets me in my feels! Mercedes Burks


Best Local Controversy

I don't think there's anything controversial about "Cocks Not Glocks," but "Local Awesome Thing" wasn't a category. Roy Janik

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Best Local Instagrammer

This site covers it all, whether you are an Austin lifer or an out-of-towner. You can always find something to do and ways to give back. Kate Owen


Best Local News

Depth. Depth. Depth. Not trivialities. Brian Benschoter

KUT Public Media Studios
300 W. Dean Keeton

Best non-Chronicle Film Critic

There is never anything so refreshing as hearing someone who is intelligent, informed, and also super passionate about their subject matter. Caitlin Coyne


Best non-Chronicle Food Writer

Appreciate her honesty about her cooking and attempts at some recipes. Good variety to her feature articles. Good voice in her writing. Emily Hobbie

Austin American-Statesman
305 S. Congress

Best non-Chronicle Journalist

I love that Michael Barnes reminds us what made Austin Austin. He keeps our shared history at the forefront of the conversation as we rapidly grow, which I believe is very important. Stacey Kaleh

Austin American-Statesman
305 S. Congress

Best non-Chronicle Photographer

Fun, vibrant, and original - Annie's style and personality bring her photos to life in a way like nobody else. Neil Petty


Todd V. Wolfson

Best non-Chronicle Publication

Love the print edition of the Statesman. I'm old school. Love my paper every day. Carol Ahlgren

305 S. Congress

Best Nonprofit/Grassroots Organization

Without a doubt, one of the things that makes me the most proud to be from Austin is the no-kill status of our city!!! Thank you Austin Pets Alive! for making this a reality! Jack Gardner

Austin Pets Alive!
1156 W. Cesar Chavez

Best Radio Show

Bringing the best statewide coverage of Texas news and politics. Solid investigate work from a top-notch staff. Jamie Gump


Best Radio Station

Depth. Depth. Depth. Not trivialities. Brian Benschoter

KUT Public Media Studios
300 W. Dean Keeton

Best Spanish-Language Radio

Makes me feel like I'm in Zumba class without actually having to work out. Sonia Luster

8309 N. I-35

Best Sportscaster

I love how Mike Barnes is in touch with the communities of high school football. Shari Rodriquez

3201 Steck

Best State Official

Lloyd has never changed his stripes and definitely stands out among a weak to embarrassing group of members of Congress from our state. Jeff Baloutine

Office of Lloyd Doggett
300 E. Eighth #763

Best TV Anchor/Reporter

From "Does It Work Wednesday" to hard news, Ms. Culpepper tells it like it is with professionalism and a candor that I just cannot stop watching. Pamela Frasier

3201 Steck

Todd V. Wolfson

Best Weatherperson

Jim earned my affections when, during a particularly wild storm/tornado season, he told the viewing audience to beware of cows flying through the air. Genie Glade

908 W. MLK

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