Politics & Media
2017 Readers Poll
2017 Critics Picks

photo by John Anderson

Best Journalist

“Michael is not only awesome with his coverage of Austin society, but showcasing the important historical fabric of Austin that we are losing.” Charles Peveto

Michael Barnes

Best Film Critic

“I share Joe’s undying enthusiasm for Hot Tub Time Machine.” Seth Johnson

Joe Gross

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

Best Food Writer

“Eater, under Nadia, has become a go-to source for me to keep up on the fast-moving food scene in Austin.” Jessica Luther

Nadia Chaudhury

Best Photographer

“Love love love Annie!!!” Iris Davis-Quick


photo by Todd Wolfson

Best Publication

“‘The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate.’ Delete your goddamn Facebook account now.” Seth Johnson

Austin American-Statesman
305 S. Congress

Best Radio Station

“A real news station has never been more invaluable than today.” Brian Benschoter

KUT 90.5FM
300 W. Dean Keeton

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

David Brown (r) and Wells Dunbar   photo by Jana Birchum

Best Radio Show

Texas Standard just might be the last bit of sanity in the world of journalism.” Daniel Conejo

Texas Standard

Best Local News

“They have award-winning journalists and care about Austin’s cultural and political landscape, and viewers can see that.” Zac DeLane

908 W. MLK

photo by Todd Wolfson

Best TV Anchor/Reporter

“One of the best human beings on the planet.” Dale Dudley

Quita Culpepper

Best Sportscaster

“The voice of sports in Austin!!!” Tim High

Mike Barnes

Image via kvue.com

photo by Sandy Carson

Best Weatherperson

“Jim has been keeping my head dry for over 20 years now. I trust no other weatherman before him. On top of that, his charity work for the community is unrivaled.” Jeff DeBerry

Jim Spencer

Best Spanish-Language Radio

“Love the music on this station.” – Courtney Mlinar

TÚ 103.1FM

Best Local Blog

“So helpful in finding out what’s going on in Austin. From concerts to happy hours, it’s all there.” Lydia Thompson

Do512 Lounge
2208-C S. Lamar

Best Local Instagrammer

“If the puppies don’t win, I’m done.” – Rachel Aslaksen

Zilker Bark

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

Best Local YouTuber

“Adriene is the bomb! Hangover Yoga has saved my ass more than once. Namaste, lovely lady.” Clint McCreery

Yoga With Adriene

Best Local Podcast

“The best way to get all the latest news on cinema and current events, presented in such a refreshingly irreverent manner.” Jonathan Youse

Double Toasted

Korey Coleman (l) and Martin Thomas   photo by Devaki Knowles

Teen protesters at this summer's "Quinceañera Protest" against SB 4   photo by Jana Birchum

Best Local Controversy

“This ‘controversy’ is literally killing people.” – Scheleen Walker

Best City Official

“Love this goober.” Matt Holder


Mayor Steve Adler receives a kiss from a winning salsa maker at the Austin Chronicle's Annual Hot Sauce Festival   photo by John Anderson

U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett at the Equality March in June 2017   photo by Jana Birchum

Best State Official

“He’s been my political hero for 23 years, and he’s never once let me down. He’s held on to his position despite craven redistricting efforts, and he’s never compromised himself to do so.” Amy Albin

2307 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC

Best Nonprofit/Grassroots Organization

“Incredible people sheltering incredible pets. Their response to Hurricane Harvey was so heroic. They never cease to amaze me with their commitment to animals in need.” Elizabeth Hardy

Austin Pets Alive!
1156 W. Cesar Chavez

photo by David Brendan Hall

photo by David Brendan Hall

Best Activist

“She is a superstar. Because of her, Austin is a no-kill city. Because of her, thousands of dogs were saved during Hurricane Harvey. There is no stopping her. ‘We can’t’ is not in her vocabulary.” Sherry Holdridge

Ellen Jefferson
Austin Pets Alive!
1156 W. Cesar Chavez

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