Columbus Communications LLC's Mary Alice Kaspar was a reporter From May 2000 to April 2006 with the Austin Business Journal working her way up the ranks to Senior Staff Writer. During her tenure, she covered a variety of topics ranging from real estate to the environment. Prior to that, she freelanced for the ABJ while handling public relations work for an Austin commercial real estate firm.
But Mary Alice says no job has taught her more about human nature, and consequently writing, than her very first job as an IHOP waitress back in high school (and she'd rather not disclose how long ago that was!).
Mary Alice's work hasn't gone unnoticed or unrewarded. Accolades include first place awards for news and feature writing from the Texas Press Association, in 2002 and 2003 respectively. She was also named "Best Print Reporter" in Austin by the local chapter of the Public Relations Society of America for 2003.
Mary Alice graduated with a Bachelor in Journalism and equivalent of a minor in business from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998.