Sue Owen

PolitiFact Texas reporter at Austin American-Statesman newspaper

Reporter/editor/page designer with a strong love for words. Several languages, broad base of knowledge, deadline speed and accuracy.

Journalism skills: Reporting, line editing, copy editing, slotting, extended projects, editing for the web. Page layout, section-front design, special sections production and editing. Some photography and graphic illustration ability. Helping, coaching, managing editors and reporters, schedules, timecards, hiring, evaluating, meetings, etc. Experience in news, features, business and sports. Ability to concentrate on the details and follow through on side tracks while moving the larger project along to production. I absolutely hate missing deadlines, so I make damn sure I rarely do. Ditto corrections.

Tech skills: Content management systems, blogging/commenting systems and ethics, learning HTML. On a gut level, I understand programming concepts, and on a surface level, I’ve worked with dozens of user interfaces; these two factors help me diagnose and trouble-shoot a wide range of daily problems. Early social media adopter. Running my own websites gives me excuses to explore ways of presenting content; visual sense and focus on readers’ experience help me assess the appeal and navigability of interactive/multimedia presentations.


  • Web coordinator at FJSA, nonprofit volunteer group
  • Creator, writer, designer at Aggie Journalists blog, nonprofit volunteer entity


  • Features copy chief at Austin American-Statesman: manage print and web production, special project editing, copy editing test administrator
  • Williamson County bureau chief at Austin American-Statesman
  • Copy editor, page designer at Austin American-Statesman


  • Texas A&M University, double major journalism and modern languages; BA in journalism and Spanish


  • English: Native fluency. Accent: North Texas, variable intensity 🙂
  • Spanish: Good non-native functional fluency. Complex conversation (though sometimes leaning on simpler words). Complex reading (literature, news stories, websites). Strong in spelling and syntax; can edit copy. Accent: A little gringo, but I get compliments.
  • French: Some non-native functional fluency. Simple conversations, i.e. restaurant/hotel but also simple interviewing/questioning. Simple reading. Basic spelling and syntax: I know enough of the rules to reliably spot mistakes in spelling, but for example not enough vocabulary to prevent content errors. Accent: French people think I’m English 🙂
  • Italian: Some non-native functional fluency. Simple conversations, i.e. restaurant/hotel but also simple interviewing/questioning. Simple reading. Basic spelling: I know enough of the rules to spot some mistakes; for example, tagliateli, zabaglion, cheisa are words I would catch. (Yep, heavy on the food. I have my priorities!) Accent: Pimsleur
  • German: Spotty; can read some signs/text, ask questions and get basic answers at beginner level. (What hour is it? A quarter after eight. That’s pointy! Two beers please.) Accent: Bavarian
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  • aggiejournalist Journalism education/industry news plus my “other beat,” which is Texas A&M campus/sports news targeted to alumni


Investigative Reporters and Editors; Former Journalism Students Association (Texas A&M); Texas State Historical Association; Kimbell Museum, Fort Worth; Capital City A&M Club