Founded in 2005, Four Points News is the only weekly, community newspaper focusing on relevant news in the geographic area located by RM 620, RM 2222, Lake Travis and Lake Austin.
We deliver weekly to 5,700+ homes and businesses in Steiner Ranch, River Place, Grandview Hills, Westminster Glen, Colina Vista, The Preserve, Strawberry Hill and Comanche Trail. We mail 95 percent of our circulation and have more than a dozen newsstands in key places in the Four Points area.
Four Points News covers Vandegrift, roads, commercial development, schools, traffic, business, churches, students, parenting, organizations, events, real estate and crime.
Each week our coverage is collected by our team of local journalists, who are active in our community. We also have an experienced sales staff, a graphic designer and loyal carriers who complete our excellent team.
We are locally owned and operated, headquartered in Steiner Ranch, Austin, Texas!
Our Staff :
About Lynette Haaland, Publisher & Editor
A Steiner Ranch resident since 2006, Lynette Haaland has been reporting for Four Points News since 2008.
The veteran journalist started her career before graduating from Texas Tech University with a Journalism degree in 1992.
Haaland worked for the Rochester Business Journal, a weekly business newspaper, for 12 years including nine years as a freelance writer. She has won several national reporting awards.
Her work has also been published in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and other publications. In the 1990s, she worked at the ABC affiliate in Lubbock, KAMC-TV 28, as a reporter and photographer.
In June 2011, Haaland and her company, Four Points News LLC, purchased Four Points News. The weekly community paper was started in June 2005 by Granite Publications LLC.
Haaland is on the Board of the Viper Nation Academic Booster, the local booster club that gives tens of thousands of dollars each year to schools in Four Points.
A charter member of the West Austin Chamber of Commerce, Haaland served on the Board and believes business leaders and entrepreneurs are the backbone of our local community.
Haaland is married to another career journalist, Bill Seitzler, and the couple has two daughters, both attend Vandegrift High School. They are active in the Four Points community, church and their daughter’s many activities including basketball, PALS, theater and debate.
About Leslee Bassman, Senior Reporter
A seasoned journalist, Leslee Bassman has made a career out of reporting on local community
issues in western Travis County.
An attorney by trade, she transitioned into the newspaper business to keep citizens better informed as to government actions and events in their neighborhoods.
Bassman is a recipient of two National Newspaper Association awards and was the moderator of the 2017 Bee Cave City Council Candidate Forum as well as a presenter at the 2017 Barton
Creek Homeowners Association Annual Meeting.
She authored “The Rotary Club of Austin Celebrates One Hundred Years of Service Above Self,” and is a member of the Austin affiliate of the Alliance for Women in Media.
As a former editor of Community Impact Newspaper’s Lake Travis/Westlake edition and
reporter for Hill Country News, West Austin News and Four Points News, the native Texan has
enjoyed years of writing for community newspapers and currently is a contributing writer to the
Austin American-Statesman’s suburban editions.
The mother of two grown daughters, Bassman currently resides in the Lakeway area with her
husband, Rob, and Ella, a beloved, freckle-faced Setter mix.
About Madison Pharis, Graphic Designer & Editorial Associate
Four Points News
Graphic Designer & Editorial Associate
email : Madison@FourPointsNews.com
A recent Eastern New Mexico University graduate, Madison Pharis earned her degree in graphic design in May of 2017.
Along with doing some freelance design work and game development/writing she began working with Four Points News a few months after graduation.
Pharis was born and raised in the Texas Panhandle before making the short trip over to ENMU for school at age 17.
While at ENMU, she particpated in different galleries and won a few awards based on artistic work along with the ‘Fan Favorite’ award during the 2015 Halloween Film Festival. She was also on the President’s and the Dean’s List for her grades along with earning a couple academic scholarships.
While participating in galleries, Pharis also assisted with setting up several and was involved with various clubs, including the Eastern Animation Shorts Team and the American Institute of Graphic Arts, after being involved with the Girl Scouts of America for a dozen years in her youth.
In her free time, Pharis enjoys knitting and crochet, road trips with friends, and cats.
About Sarah Doolittle, Reporter
Four Points News
email : Sarah.Doolittle@gmail.com
Sarah Doolittle is a stay-at-home parent living in Steiner with her husband and three cool kids.
Besides volunteering with Care Communities, an organization providing care to HIV and cancer patients and their families, she has been an LISD mentor for years.
Doolittle is also a Girl Scout leader and Director of the Lake Austin Girl Scouts Service Unit that serves the entire Four Points area.
Besides her volunteer work, Doolittle’s passions are her family and friends, writing, reading, languages (she speaks four) and travel.
She grew up on the West Coast, then lived on the East Coast, including a two-year stint in Germany, before moving to Austin in 2011.
Doolittle hopes to bring a global/local perspective to her work for the Four Points News that reflects the diversity of our community.
About Cassie McKee, Reporter
Four Points News
A native Kansan, Cassie McKee graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Kansas. After spending a year in China teaching English, McKee moved to Austin in 2003 to do an internship at Texas Monthly magazine. She spent eight years working in state and federal politics, including five years as the director of district outreach for U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul. She returned to her first love of writing in 2013 and has written for Four Points News since 2014.
McKee lives in Austin with her husband, Michael. She stays busy as a stay-at-home mom to their two young daughters. The family are members of Austin Stone Community Church. They enjoy spending time outdoors and traveling.