Gary Dinges

Entertainment/retail reporter

Gary Dinges covers bars/restaurants, movies, music, radio and TV -- plus a bunch of other fun stuff -- for the Austin American-Statesman. He joined the American-Statesman in 1999 and has, over the years, worked as editor of austin360.com, a content producer on statesman.com, editor of the Lake Travis View community newspaper and a copy editor/page designer. A native of The Woodlands, just north of Houston, and a graduate of the University of Texas, Gary began his journalism career while still in high school, working as a reporter at The Woodlands Villager newspaper. While Mom and Dad are quite proud of the many awards Gary has won, they're not listed here because he’s pretty sure you couldn't care less.

Latest from Gary Dinges

Tina Shively departs KVUE for new gig
 Tina Shively has filed her last report for KVUE, Austin’s ABC affiliate. Shively, who joined the station 4 1/2 years ago, has transitioned out of the TV news business and into the world of public relations, joining local firm Elizabeth Christian Public Relations. “I decided to leave TV because I was looking for a new challenge...

Posted: a day ago

Tina Shively has filed her last report for KVUE, Austin’s ABC affiliate. Shively, who joined the station 4 1/2 years ago, has transitioned out of the TV news business and into the world of public relations, joining local firm Elizabeth Christian Public Relations. “I decided to leave TV because I was looking for a new challenge...
Austin-based jeweler Kendra Scott set for overseas debut
 Austin-based Kendra Scott LLC is heading overseas. The company, which produces and sells jewelry popular with a wide swath of Americans including a number of A-list celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, will open its first location outside the U.S. on Monday in London. The “shop-in-shop” will be inside Selfridges, a...

Posted: 3 days ago

Austin-based Kendra Scott LLC is heading overseas. The company, which produces and sells jewelry popular with a wide swath of Americans including a number of A-list celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, will open its first location outside the U.S. on Monday in London. The “shop-in-shop” will be inside Selfridges, a...
Austin-based jeweler Kendra Scott makes overseas debut
 Austin-based Kendra Scott LLC is heading overseas. The company, which produces and sells jewelry popular with a number of A-list celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, will open its first store outside the U.S. on Monday in London. The “shop-in-shop” will be located inside a Selfridges department store. “This is...

Posted: 3 days ago

Austin-based Kendra Scott LLC is heading overseas. The company, which produces and sells jewelry popular with a number of A-list celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, will open its first store outside the U.S. on Monday in London. The “shop-in-shop” will be located inside a Selfridges department store. “This is...
Will #WasteLessWednesday make an impact? Austin agency thinks so
 America Recycles Day got its start 20 years ago – thanks in no small part to an Austin-based ad agency. EnviroMedia launched and worked on the first five years of the event, which takes place Nov. 15 each year, pushing Americans to do a better job of preserving the earth’s precious resources In 2017, there’s a new twist...

Posted: 5 days ago

America Recycles Day got its start 20 years ago – thanks in no small part to an Austin-based ad agency. EnviroMedia launched and worked on the first five years of the event, which takes place Nov. 15 each year, pushing Americans to do a better job of preserving the earth’s precious resources In 2017, there’s a new twist...
Tiff’s Treats lands $25 million to fund continued growth
 Austin-based Tiff’s Treats has landed $25 million in funding to help fuel its founders’ appetite for continued growth. The 18-year-old company, which delivers warm cookies and other sweets, is getting the Series D money from investment funds led by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital. Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, part of Morgan...

Posted: 5 days ago

Austin-based Tiff’s Treats has landed $25 million in funding to help fuel its founders’ appetite for continued growth. The 18-year-old company, which delivers warm cookies and other sweets, is getting the Series D money from investment funds led by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital. Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, part of Morgan...
JUST IN: Tiff’s Treats lands $25 million to fund continued growth
 Austin-based Tiff’s Treats has landed $25 million in funding to help fuel its founders’ appetite for continued growth. The 18-year-old company, which delivers warm cookies and other sweets, is getting the Series D money from investment funds led by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital. Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, part of Morgan...

Posted: 5 days ago

Austin-based Tiff’s Treats has landed $25 million in funding to help fuel its founders’ appetite for continued growth. The 18-year-old company, which delivers warm cookies and other sweets, is getting the Series D money from investment funds led by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital. Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, part of Morgan...
Austin company spends $164 million to acquire 4 hotels
 An Austin-based company said Tuesday that it has acquired a portfolio of four U.S. hotels in a deal valued at $164 million. The properties being acquired by Summit Hotel Properties are the 207-room Courtyard New Haven at Yale in New Haven, Conn.; the 148-room Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Waltham in Waltham, Mass.; the 175-room Residence Inn Cleveland...

Posted: 6 days ago

An Austin-based company said Tuesday that it has acquired a portfolio of four U.S. hotels in a deal valued at $164 million. The properties being acquired by Summit Hotel Properties are the 207-room Courtyard New Haven at Yale in New Haven, Conn.; the 148-room Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Waltham in Waltham, Mass.; the 175-room Residence Inn Cleveland...
READY, SET, SHOP: UT Target store makes its debut
 The wait is over, Target shoppers. The discount chain’s new small-scale store near the University of Texas opened its doors over the weekend. The store, which was initially set to make its debut in July, is located in the Dobie Twenty21 development at 2021 Guadalupe St. The UT Target has fewer items than a traditional Target store because...

Posted: 7 days ago

The wait is over, Target shoppers. The discount chain’s new small-scale store near the University of Texas opened its doors over the weekend. The store, which was initially set to make its debut in July, is located in the Dobie Twenty21 development at 2021 Guadalupe St. The UT Target has fewer items than a traditional Target store because...
ROOM AT THE INN: New hotel opens near Austin’s airport
 A new hotel has opened near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The Hilton Garden Inn Austin Airport, at 7610 John Glenn Way, has 149 guest rooms, according to city planning documents. Those same documents indicate the hotel cost about $9.8 million to build. Amenities include a fitness center, outdoor pool, patio, fire pit, 4,000 square...

Posted: 7 days ago

A new hotel has opened near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The Hilton Garden Inn Austin Airport, at 7610 John Glenn Way, has 149 guest rooms, according to city planning documents. Those same documents indicate the hotel cost about $9.8 million to build. Amenities include a fitness center, outdoor pool, patio, fire pit, 4,000 square...
Tina Shively departs KVUE for new gig
 Tina Shively Tina Shively has filed her last report for KVUE, Austin’s ABC affiliate. Shively, who joined the station four and a half years ago, is transitioning out of the news business and into the world of
            public relations, joining local firm Elizabeth Christian Public Relations. Her first day is Monday. “I decided...

Posted: 11 days ago

Tina Shively Tina Shively has filed her last report for KVUE, Austin’s ABC affiliate. Shively, who joined the station four and a half years ago, is transitioning out of the news business and into the world of public relations, joining local firm Elizabeth Christian Public Relations. Her first day is Monday. “I decided...
Austin gets a new Apple store this weekend
 Austin’s getting a shiny new Apple store. Set to open at 10 a.m. Saturday, the 10,142-square-foot store – featuring all the latest and greatest Apple goodies – will be in Domain Northside. Look for it at 3121 Palm Way, near the Archer hotel. Filings with the city indicate Apple spent about $7.5 million to build the store...

Posted: 11 days ago

Austin’s getting a shiny new Apple store. Set to open at 10 a.m. Saturday, the 10,142-square-foot store – featuring all the latest and greatest Apple goodies – will be in Domain Northside. Look for it at 3121 Palm Way, near the Archer hotel. Filings with the city indicate Apple spent about $7.5 million to build the store...