About Austin Vida

Austin Vida is a Latino lifestyle, entertainment and culture online magazine based in Austin, Texas. Meet our staff below. Read about our history to the left.

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CURRENT STAFF

IAN MORALES, editor-in-chief
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Ian is a graduate of Round Rock High School and attended St. Edward’s University in Austin to study international business and communication. On any given night of the week, Ian can be found in downtown Austin on 6th Street and the Red River live music district.

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AJ MIRANDA, managing editor / multimedia editor
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AJ grew up in California but has lived in Texas since 2002. He has a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin and has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Denver Post and Laredo Morning Times. He is also an avid photographer and videographer.

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ANGELA MALDONADO, senior editor
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Angela hails from Selena Town, aka Corpus Christi, but has made Austin her home since 2002. Her background is in journalism and radio, formerly serving as a producer for NPR’s Latino USA. She loves coffee, so find her checking out the mochas at Epoch or Spider House.

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EUGENIA VELA, associate editor
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Eugenia was born and raised in Monterrey, México, with the frustrated ambition of becoming a writer. She is working for her degree in journalism at the University of Texas. She is in love with words, fashion, Steven Tyler, early Dylan and late Beatles.

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ANNAR VEROLD, staff writer
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Annar’s constant thirst for truth has lead her to become an ambitious journalist and a passionate poet. She is studying at St. Edward’s University. Though born in Houston, Annar basks in the glory of Austin—the people, the culture, the music, the energy.

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KRISTIE BOCANEGRA, staff photographer
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Kristie is a homegrown talent from Austin. She graduated from Anderson High School and is studying photojournalism at Austin Community College. She began shooting for Austin Vida in the spring of 2011. Now that she has turned 21, watch out world.

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MARI HERNANDEZ, staff photographer
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Born in San Antonio, Mari began photographing in Austin in 2003. She earned an undergraduate degree in photocommunications at St. Edward’s University. Her work has been shown at The Parish, The Pump Project and the Mexic-Arte Museum.

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CURRENT CONTRIBUTORS

SARAH VASQUEZ, contributing writer

Sarah has been writing about Austin music for eight years on her personal blog as well as for various other publications, such as The Accent, Austin Sound and UWeekly. At live shows, she may seem standoffish but really she’s just shy. So if you see her, just say hello.

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WINSTON RIVAS, contributing writer

Winston was born in Austin but made a man of himself on the hard streets of El Sereno, Calif. He is always in tune with the newest and freshest Latin artists from Tijuana to Santiago, Chile, as he demonstrates in his music blog, La Musica del Caserio.

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CHRIS CARRASQUILLO, contributing photographer

Chris was born in Philadelphia and has lived in Puerto Rico and Corpus Christi. In Austin since ’94, he’s seen his fair share of shows, from the Courtney Love breakdown at Liberty Lunch to the first Rancid show in a car tint garage.

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CHANTEL CLOPINE, contributing photographer

Chantel grew up in the Rio Grande Valley. She collected and experimented with film cameras and became serious about photography in high school. Her proximity and family ties to Mexico influenced everything from her taste in music to her motive as a photographer.

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MARCOS MOLINA, contributing photographer

Just as an anthropologist would live and play among his subjects in order to gain insight, Marcos (aka Subcomandante Quito) infiltrates hipster haunts six nights a week, all for the sake of creating a virtual scrapbook for future generations to ponder and emulate.

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FORMER STAFF AND CONTRIBUTORS

MAIRA GARCIA, writer

Maira is currently the social media editor at the Austin American-Statesman. She has a masters in new media and a bachelors in print journalism and political science from Texas State University in San Marcos. She contributed her last piece to Vida in August 2010.

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VICKY GARZA, writer

Vicky, a native Austinite, is a journalist who uses her mighty pen for the power of good. She has a degree in marketing with a minor in music and entertainment business from the University of Miami, where she hosted her own ’80s retro radio show.

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ALYSHA HERNANDEZ, writer

While at Vida, Alysha delivered compelling interviews with musicians and Austinites of all stripes. She has since left for a position as a production assistant at C3 Presents, the company that books concerts at Emo’s and Stubb’s as well as organizes ACL Festival.

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CHRISTINA GARCIA, writer

Christina was born and raised in Dallas and completed her bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. When she’s not downtown searching for the dirtiest, most danceable beats in the city, she is writing about them for various publications.

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HANLLY SAM, photographer

Hanlly was born and raised in the craziest city in the world, Mexico City. Living in a city with few opportunities Hanlly moved to Austin in 2008 to major in graphic design. Although designing has always been her passion life has led her to photography.

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TONY LOYA, writer

For the majority of his life, Tony has lived in and around the urban sprawl that is Houston. While there, he worked at the Houston Chronicle touting events, blogging about horrible television and reviewing bars (read: drinking free booze).

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CARLOS SAN MIGUEL, photographer

Raised on Judas Priest, Hank Williams and Doug Sahm, Carlos’ music taste changes from breakfast to dinner. He has photographed bands from Los Lonely Boys to Brooks and Dunn to Coldplay to Korn to Tom Petty (his fave).

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BRIAN STUBBS, founder

Brian has worn many hats throughout his career and has been involved in customer service management, new product development and coordinating investor funding. He aims to recreate these relationships across his network to drive the success of those around him.