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

Dinges: ‘Bobby Bones Show’ heads to Canada
 “The Bobby Bones Show” is bound for Canada. Bones, who hosted mornings at Austin’s 96.7 Kiss FM before landing a nationally syndicated show heard on country stations in 130 U.S. cities, has inked a deal that will make his highly rated program available throughout Canada. In Austin, his show airs mornings on KASE 101. &ldquo...

Posted: 10 hours ago

“The Bobby Bones Show” is bound for Canada. Bones, who hosted mornings at Austin’s 96.7 Kiss FM before landing a nationally syndicated show heard on country stations in 130 U.S. cities, has inked a deal that will make his highly rated program available throughout Canada. In Austin, his show airs mornings on KASE 101. &ldquo...
May TV ratings: See how your favorite Austin news station fared
 KXAN’s evening anchor team includes sports director Roger Wallace, left, news anchors Sydney Benter and Robert Hadlock and
               chief forecaster Jim Spencer. TV stations across the country wrapped up the all-important May “sweeps” period Wednesday, pulling out all the stops to get
            viewers to tune in...

Posted: 20 hours ago

KXAN’s evening anchor team includes sports director Roger Wallace, left, news anchors Sydney Benter and Robert Hadlock and chief forecaster Jim Spencer. TV stations across the country wrapped up the all-important May “sweeps” period Wednesday, pulling out all the stops to get viewers to tune in...
Austin’s own Kendra Scott offers advice to UT grads
 Austin’s own Kendra Scott was this year’s commencement speaker for the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas – and she had plenty of advice for graduates. Scott started her jewelry business in a spare bedroom at her Austin home in 2002. Today, it has grown into a billion-dollar entity with more than 70 stores...

Posted: 3 days ago

Austin’s own Kendra Scott was this year’s commencement speaker for the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas – and she had plenty of advice for graduates. Scott started her jewelry business in a spare bedroom at her Austin home in 2002. Today, it has grown into a billion-dollar entity with more than 70 stores...
Tuesday Tech Crawl: Another Tesla crash, fresh chip flaw, new Lyft option
 Happy Tuesday. Here's a look at some of the top tech stories we're following for you today. There's been another crash involving a Tesla vehicle. California authorities say a man died after his Model S crashed through a fence and into a pond. Police say it's too early to know if the car was in Autopilot mode. A new report claims a fresh flaw...

Posted: 3 days ago

Happy Tuesday. Here's a look at some of the top tech stories we're following for you today. There's been another crash involving a Tesla vehicle. California authorities say a man died after his Model S crashed through a fence and into a pond. Police say it's too early to know if the car was in Autopilot mode. A new report claims a fresh flaw...
No car? No problem. Lyft offering drivers rental vehicles
 No car? No problem. Ride-hailing service Lyft is now offering would-be drivers the opportunity to lease a car through a partner, Flexdrive. Aaron Fox, Lyft’s general manager for Austin, says hundreds of people have taken advantage of the Express Drive program in Central Texas since its launch. “The core of our business is getting...

Posted: 4 days ago

No car? No problem. Ride-hailing service Lyft is now offering would-be drivers the opportunity to lease a car through a partner, Flexdrive. Aaron Fox, Lyft’s general manager for Austin, says hundreds of people have taken advantage of the Express Drive program in Central Texas since its launch. “The core of our business is getting...
EXCLUSIVE: Austin businessmen give $5 million to Waller Creek project
 Two Austin businessmen have teamed up to donate $5 million to the Waller Creek revitalization project. World Class Holdings founder and CEO Nate Paul and Vista Equity Partners co-founder and President Brian Sheth are now challenging others to step forward and do the same. The money, along with other contributions to the Waller Creek Conservancy...

Posted: 7 days ago

Two Austin businessmen have teamed up to donate $5 million to the Waller Creek revitalization project. World Class Holdings founder and CEO Nate Paul and Vista Equity Partners co-founder and President Brian Sheth are now challenging others to step forward and do the same. The money, along with other contributions to the Waller Creek Conservancy...
EXCLUSIVE: Austin businessmen give $5 million to Waller Creek project
 Two Austin businessmen have teamed up to donate $5 million to the Waller Creek revitalization project. World Class Holdings founder and CEO Nate Paul and Vista Equity Partners co-founder and President Brian Sheth are now challenging others to step forward and do the same. The money, along with other contributions to the Waller Creek Conservancy...

Posted: 7 days ago

Two Austin businessmen have teamed up to donate $5 million to the Waller Creek revitalization project. World Class Holdings founder and CEO Nate Paul and Vista Equity Partners co-founder and President Brian Sheth are now challenging others to step forward and do the same. The money, along with other contributions to the Waller Creek Conservancy...
Senior living community planned for The Domain
 A new senior living community is on its way to The Domain. California-based Senior Resource Group said this week that its latest project, Maravilla at The Domain, is expected to open in June 2019. It will be located at 11001 Austin Lane. Open to residents ages 62 and older, Maravilla at The Domain will have 230 residences – 142 devoted...

Posted: 8 days ago

A new senior living community is on its way to The Domain. California-based Senior Resource Group said this week that its latest project, Maravilla at The Domain, is expected to open in June 2019. It will be located at 11001 Austin Lane. Open to residents ages 62 and older, Maravilla at The Domain will have 230 residences – 142 devoted...
Whole Foods spends more than $1 million to remodel Gateway store
 The Gateway Whole Foods Market store has a brand-new look – and a host of new features. The Austin-based grocer – now a part of Amazon – spent more than $1 million on the remodel, according to filings with the city. PHOTOS: Gateway Whole Foods Market remodel Shoppers who stop by the store, at 9607 Research Blvd. in North...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Gateway Whole Foods Market store has a brand-new look – and a host of new features. The Austin-based grocer – now a part of Amazon – spent more than $1 million on the remodel, according to filings with the city. PHOTOS: Gateway Whole Foods Market remodel Shoppers who stop by the store, at 9607 Research Blvd. in North...
Cedar Park’s economic development director retiring after 13 years
 After 13 years leading Cedar Park’s economic development efforts, Phil Brewer will retire at week’s end. During that time, Brewer has been credited with bringing countless companies to the city, including Dana Corp., Voltabox, BMC Millworks and Firefly Space Systems. A 2015 report commissioned by the city found that Brewer and...

Posted: 10 days ago

After 13 years leading Cedar Park’s economic development efforts, Phil Brewer will retire at week’s end. During that time, Brewer has been credited with bringing countless companies to the city, including Dana Corp., Voltabox, BMC Millworks and Firefly Space Systems. A 2015 report commissioned by the city found that Brewer and...
NRA: Use our stickers to cover up Yeti’s logo
 The spat between the National Rifle Association and Yeti doesn’t appear to be over just yet. The NRA took aim at the Austin-based company in a recent tweet, offering followers free stickers to cover up the Yeti logo on their coolers and drinkware. In fact, the NRA claims it has already given away more than 100,000 of the &ldquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

The spat between the National Rifle Association and Yeti doesn’t appear to be over just yet. The NRA took aim at the Austin-based company in a recent tweet, offering followers free stickers to cover up the Yeti logo on their coolers and drinkware. In fact, the NRA claims it has already given away more than 100,000 of the &ldquo...