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

Vancouver developer hires exec to oversee multiple Austin projects
 A Vancouver-based developer has set its sights on Central Texas and has tapped a longtime Austinite to head up its operations here. Brad Stein will serve as Intracorp’s senior vice president and managing director for Austin operations. An Austin resident since 2002, he previously worked with Forestar Group Inc. and Temple-Inland. &ldquo...

Posted: 13 hours ago

A Vancouver-based developer has set its sights on Central Texas and has tapped a longtime Austinite to head up its operations here. Brad Stein will serve as Intracorp’s senior vice president and managing director for Austin operations. An Austin resident since 2002, he previously worked with Forestar Group Inc. and Temple-Inland. &ldquo...
Hershey buys maker of Pirate’s Booty, moving snack maker’s HQ to Austin
 Candy giant Hershey has acquired the maker of Pirate’s Booty and plans to move the snack maker’s headquarters to Austin. The purchase price is $420 million, Hershey said, and the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year. Pirate’s Booty and related brands, including Smart Puffs and Original Tings...

Posted: 14 hours ago

Candy giant Hershey has acquired the maker of Pirate’s Booty and plans to move the snack maker’s headquarters to Austin. The purchase price is $420 million, Hershey said, and the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year. Pirate’s Booty and related brands, including Smart Puffs and Original Tings...
Groups ask Paxton to intervene in Univision, Dish Network fight
 Dish Network subscribers in Austin – and across the nation – have been without Univision-owned channels for more than two months. With little public progress in negotiations to return those networks to the satellite provider’s lineup, three organizations are now asking Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to “look into...

Posted: 3 days ago

Dish Network subscribers in Austin – and across the nation – have been without Univision-owned channels for more than two months. With little public progress in negotiations to return those networks to the satellite provider’s lineup, three organizations are now asking Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to “look into...
3 years after listeria scandal, Blue Bell back in growth mode
 Three years after a health scare that nearly spelled the end of the line for a beloved Texas brand, Blue Bell has rebounded — and is, in fact, growing and expanding. The Brenham-based company, which got its start 111 years ago, shut down production for a time in 2015 and recalled 8 million gallons of ice cream after reports of listeria...

Posted: 3 days ago

Three years after a health scare that nearly spelled the end of the line for a beloved Texas brand, Blue Bell has rebounded — and is, in fact, growing and expanding. The Brenham-based company, which got its start 111 years ago, shut down production for a time in 2015 and recalled 8 million gallons of ice cream after reports of listeria...
3 years after listeria scandal, Blue Bell back in growth mode
 Three years after a health scare that nearly spelled the end of the line for a beloved Texas brand, Blue Bell has rebounded — and is, in fact, growing and expanding. The Brenham-based company, which got its start 111 years ago, shut down production for a time in 2015 and recalled 8 million gallons of ice cream after reports of listeria...

Posted: 3 days ago

Three years after a health scare that nearly spelled the end of the line for a beloved Texas brand, Blue Bell has rebounded — and is, in fact, growing and expanding. The Brenham-based company, which got its start 111 years ago, shut down production for a time in 2015 and recalled 8 million gallons of ice cream after reports of listeria...
Destiny Chance is new Fox 7 weekend evening anchor
 Destiny Chance (Fox 7 photo) Fox 7 has promoted from within to fill a vacant anchor position. Reporter Destiny Chance has been upped to weekend evening anchor, taking over for Ashley Paredez, who has joined sister station
            KDFW in Dallas. Chance joined Fox 7 in February. “In her time here at Fox 7, Destiny has proven a desire...

Posted: 5 days ago

Destiny Chance (Fox 7 photo) Fox 7 has promoted from within to fill a vacant anchor position. Reporter Destiny Chance has been upped to weekend evening anchor, taking over for Ashley Paredez, who has joined sister station KDFW in Dallas. Chance joined Fox 7 in February. “In her time here at Fox 7, Destiny has proven a desire...
Making a difference at Dell Children’s
 Austin jewelry designer Kendra Scott talks to Savanna, left, and Lillian Clark in the new Kendra Scott-themed treatment room in the Blood and Cancer Center at Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. The room, which was unveiled Tuesday, will provide privacy...

Posted: 6 days ago

Austin jewelry designer Kendra Scott talks to Savanna, left, and Lillian Clark in the new Kendra Scott-themed treatment room in the Blood and Cancer Center at Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. The room, which was unveiled Tuesday, will provide privacy...
Four new hotels coming to Pflugerville next year
 Four new hotels are on the way to the city of Pflugerville. The hotels – affiliated with the Holiday Inn Express, Home2 Suites, La Quinta del Sol and Tru brands – will be adjacent to each other at Stone Hill Town Center, at the Texas 130 and Texas 45 toll roads. Houston-based NewQuest Properties, the center’s developer,...

Posted: 8 days ago

Four new hotels are on the way to the city of Pflugerville. The hotels – affiliated with the Holiday Inn Express, Home2 Suites, La Quinta del Sol and Tru brands – will be adjacent to each other at Stone Hill Town Center, at the Texas 130 and Texas 45 toll roads. Houston-based NewQuest Properties, the center’s developer,...
After 2 years away, former KVUE news boss returning to Austin
 Frank Volpicella, KVUE’s news director for 16 years before departing in 2016, is returning home. Volpicella, who served as managing editor at WJXT in Jacksonville, Fla., and news director at WGCL in Atlanta since leaving Austin, is set to become the next general manager of Community Impact’s Cedar Park-Leander edition. &ldquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

Frank Volpicella, KVUE’s news director for 16 years before departing in 2016, is returning home. Volpicella, who served as managing editor at WJXT in Jacksonville, Fla., and news director at WGCL in Atlanta since leaving Austin, is set to become the next general manager of Community Impact’s Cedar Park-Leander edition. &ldquo...
Twitter is latest site to ban Austin’s Alex Jones, host of ‘InfoWars’
 Twitter, one of the last digital safe havens for Alex Jones, has banned the controversial Austin-based radio host and conspiracy theorist from its platform. In a statement Thursday, the social media site said it took the action after accounts associated with Jones and his “InfoWars” show repeatedly violated Twitter’s policies...

Posted: 11 days ago

Twitter, one of the last digital safe havens for Alex Jones, has banned the controversial Austin-based radio host and conspiracy theorist from its platform. In a statement Thursday, the social media site said it took the action after accounts associated with Jones and his “InfoWars” show repeatedly violated Twitter’s policies...
Citing changing times, Austin’s EnviroMedia closes after 21 years
 A groundbreaking Austin public relations and advertising agency has shut down after more than two decades in business. EnviroMedia co-founder Valerie Salinas-Davis said the firm, which specializes in advocacy work, has seen less business from the state in recent years – a key contributor to its demise. EnviroMedia, for instance, crafted...

Posted: 11 days ago

A groundbreaking Austin public relations and advertising agency has shut down after more than two decades in business. EnviroMedia co-founder Valerie Salinas-Davis said the firm, which specializes in advocacy work, has seen less business from the state in recent years – a key contributor to its demise. EnviroMedia, for instance, crafted...