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Introducing The Local Austria

Paul Gillingwater · 12 May 2014, 10:20

Published: 08 May 2014 20:06 GMT+02:00
Updated: 12 May 2014 10:20 GMT+02:00

The Local is excited to announce that it has just added another country to the family, with a new team in Vienna, Austria.  Our team will be reporting the best of Austrian news: the quirky, the unusual, the noteworthy, and the things that make you go "hmmm".  From Conchita Wurst to other famous Austrians and their doings world-wide, we have the country covered.

Originally from the UK, news editor Rosie Waites lived in Vienna for four years after studying at Oxford. She worked for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) before leaving to work in London for the BBC, and after 10 years in the Big Smoke she is pleased to be back in Austria to edit the new edition of The Local. 

Key Account Manager Romana Lakinger studied structural engineering, but switched careers to script-writing and sales. After extensive travels to the USA, India and all over Europe, she lived in London for a few years to complete her studies as a writer. She returned to Vienna in 2011 and joined The Local in 2014, where she handles Austrian sales. 

Paul Gillingwater takes care of business development for The Local Austria, and occasionally commits premeditated acts of journalism.  He has worn many hats (some of them quite stylish), in the fields of Internet business, security, nuclear energy, industrial development and documentary filmmaking.  Under pressure, he admits to working for Press TV, as well as helping to establish The Vienna Review newspaper (sadly now defunct after seven years.)

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Oh, and the Schnitzel?  It's very popular here, but vegetarians might prefer the tasty chocolate sponge cake from the Hotel Sacher, together with a cup of Viennese coffee topped with whipped cream.  Mahlzeit!

Paul Gillingwater (paul.gillingwater@thelocal.com)

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