Debbie Hiott

Editor

Debbie Hiott is the editor of the Austin American-Statesman. She graduated from Southwest Texas State University and has worked at the paper since 1990, first as an intern and later as a reporter and an editor. She became editor of the paper in November 2011. She lives in Northwest Austin with her husband and two children.

Latest from Debbie Hiott

Hiott: Why do headlines focus on racism? Because it still lingers
 It is not unusual at the newspaper to hear a reader or online commenter — one is not always inclusive of the other — question why we might highlight different ethnic groups, write about race and racism, or point out a lack of diversity in positions of authority. We’ve done so frequently, most notably in the past year with...

11:55 AM Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

It is not unusual at the newspaper to hear a reader or online commenter — one is not always inclusive of the other — question why we might highlight different ethnic groups, write about race and racism, or point out a lack of diversity in positions of authority. We’ve done so frequently, most notably in the past year with...
Hiott: Thank you, Austin, for Kelso condolences
 Thank you, Austin. It would be hard to imagine a more loving tribute than the ones so many of you offered up in the past week to honor our beloved longtime columnist, John Kelso. Hundreds of social media posts lamented Kelso’s death, offered condolences and shared some great memories. “My dad and I shared so many laughs over John...

8:08 PM Tuesday, Aug. 01, 2017

Thank you, Austin. It would be hard to imagine a more loving tribute than the ones so many of you offered up in the past week to honor our beloved longtime columnist, John Kelso. Hundreds of social media posts lamented Kelso’s death, offered condolences and shared some great memories. “My dad and I shared so many laughs over John...
Hiott: Veteran journalist Juan Castillo is new Viewpoints editor
 In 2017, “commentary” often consists of talking heads shouting over one another on 24-hour news channels, or individuals flaming each other on social media or snarky blogs. But newspapers have a centuries-old tradition of providing both a venue for civil debate from the community and well-researched editorials on a position that...

1:48 AM Saturday, Feb. 04, 2017

In 2017, “commentary” often consists of talking heads shouting over one another on 24-hour news channels, or individuals flaming each other on social media or snarky blogs. But newspapers have a centuries-old tradition of providing both a venue for civil debate from the community and well-researched editorials on a position that...
Hiott, Doolittle: More changes coming to Statesman Viewpoints
 It’s no secret that the newspaper business is in a state of transition. Our readers are changing — and so are their expectations about what they read in our editorial pages and how they consume it. As part of that continuing evolution, we are making some additional changes to the print Viewpoints and Balanced Views sections. You...

5:00 AM Saturday, May. 21, 2016

It’s no secret that the newspaper business is in a state of transition. Our readers are changing — and so are their expectations about what they read in our editorial pages and how they consume it. As part of that continuing evolution, we are making some additional changes to the print Viewpoints and Balanced Views sections. You...
Hiott: Trucks from San Antonio will bring changes to print editions

5:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 27, 2015

I started as an intern at this paper 25 years ago this month, and when you’re an intern, you’re often given the late night shift, sometimes considered the mayhem beat. Fortunately in Austin a quarter of a century ago, true mayhem was scarce. So I remember many a slow night when I would duck out of the newsroom and into the pressroom...
Ireland’s leader opens consulate in Austin, touts tech connection
Officials cut the ribbon for a new Irish consulate in downtown Austin Friday. From left with scissors, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, Austin Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and Irish Consul General Adrian Farrell. Photo by Debbie Hiott/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

11:12 PM Sunday, Mar. 15, 2015

Officials cut the ribbon for a new Irish consulate in downtown Austin Friday. From left with scissors, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, Austin Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and Irish Consul General Adrian Farrell. Photo by Debbie Hiott/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Welcome to your Afternoon Update

6:26 PM Monday, Jul. 07, 2014

Dear subscribers, Welcome to our afternoon update, where we’re hoping to give you a preview of what is in tomorrow’s paper and remind you about some stories you might have missed in your rush to get to the office this morning. On our premium, subscriber-only website, MyStatesman.com, you’ll get stories and updates that aren&rsquo...
Hiott: Same commitment to investigate, but more ways to tell the story

5:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 28, 2014

Some of the best investigative reporting the Statesman has done in the past couple of years came from longtime beat reporter Andrea Ball, a tenacious watchdog for the well-being of some of the state’s must vulnerable residents – people with mental challenges and foster children. Her stories on problems with state services have...
Hiott: Saying goodbye to retirees but looking forward to the next chapter

6:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013

When I was a kid, the holidays were occasionally bittersweet. That’s because sometimes that was when the military transfer orders came. A move meant a very compressed period of mourning the loss of friends. There was little time to get adjusted and start looking ahead — usually with some excitement — to what was next. That&rsquo...
Hiott: While I got ya, let’s talk about Kirk

5:39 PM Tuesday, May. 28, 2013

On May 29, 1973, a University of Texas grad from Taylor made the leap from being a stringer and part-time reporter while in school to being a full-time sportswriter for the Austin American-Statesman. In the 40 years since, Kirk Bohls has been one of the reasons many readers come back to the Statesman over and over again, whether it&rsquo...