Nicki graduated from Northwestern University and stuck around the Windy City for a few years before returning to her beloved hometown of Houston. Previously, she was the Editor of The Lake Forest Leader newspaper in Lake Forest, Illinois, having launched the paper in February 2015. Before that, she was the Assistant Editor of The Highland Park Landmark newspaper in Highland Park, Illinois. She has written for Men's HealthCatalyst Chicago and Advocate Magazine

Even though her job as Houstonia’s Digital Editor requires her to live on the internet, in her free time she can be found...also living on the internet. When she unplugs, she likes to play recreational kickball (albeit poorly) and cook unnecessarily difficult mac ’n’ cheeses.

Not a stripper

Dusti Rhodes Schools Us on the Houston Comedy Scene

The former journalist/English teacher/comedian has some stories to tell this Friday at The Secret Group.

10/10/2018 By Nicki Koetting

Private School Guide

Houston’s Best Private Schools 2018

The best private schools in Houston, and the cool electives they have that make us wish we were back in school.

09/21/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas, Morgan Kinney, and Nicki Koetting

Private School Guide

10 Private School Electives That (Almost) Make Us Wish We Were Back in School

Teenagers across the city are learning to program robots, start businesses, and design buildings. Not to mention listening to Hamilton for "summer reading."

09/21/2018 By Morgan Kinney and Nicki Koetting

Ice House

Meet Houston's Young Mariachis in the Making

An afternoon at MECA, where kids of all ages learn the art form.

08/17/2018 By Nicki Koetting

Medical Drama

Mimi Swartz's Ticker Captures the Heart of Houston

The Houston-based journalist reintroduces us to the cowboy surgeons who started the ongoing quest for an artificial heart.

08/06/2018 By Nicki Koetting

Helping Houston

22 Nonprofits Worthy of Your Time, Money, or Both

Houston's nonprofit organizations—and the causes they support—could always use a helping hand.

07/20/2018 By Morgan Kinney, Gwendolyn Knapp, Nicki Koetting, Abby Ledoux, Laura Furr Mericas, and Dianna Wray

Igniting the Light

Who Does the Freedom Over Texas Fireworks?

Behind the sparks is an explosive family legacy.

06/22/2018 By Nicki Koetting

Lady Dynamite

Maria Bamford On Loving, Losing Yourself, and Becoming Your Parents

Get to know the storyteller before her show at Improv Houston next week.

04/10/2018 By Nicki Koetting

Bean There, Done That

Three Lapsed Chicagoans Explain Once And for All Why The Bean Isn’t Worth Caring About

A counterpoint to the recent Bean Discourse.

04/02/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas, Nicki Koetting, and Morgan Kinney

Ice House

How Does Space Affect the Human Body? Baylor College of Medicine Is Trying to Find Out

The world's first (and only) Center for Space Medicine is dedicated to the cause.

03/28/2018 By Nicki Koetting

Literary Lovelies

Inprint Celebrates the Written Word in Style

This year's Poets & Writers Ball raised more than $400,000 for Inprint's programming.

02/08/2018 By Nicki Koetting

Year In Review

10 News Stories Y'all Really Liked in 2017

And no, they're not all about Harvey.

12/29/2017 By Nicki Koetting

Ice House

What's That Robot Doing Downtown?

Behold, the security person of the future.

12/29/2017 By Nicki Koetting

Editor's Picks

Dining with the Tots: Houston's 9 Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Both you and your little ones will love these spots.

12/29/2017 By Joanna O'Leary

Help Wanted

We Want You to Write for Us!

If you love Houston and you're a writer, here's your chance to contribute to Houstonia.

12/12/2017 By Nicki Koetting

Homecoming

Tig Notaro Returns to Houston

The comedian and former Spring resident will tape her Netflix special at the Heights Theater this Saturday.

12/12/2017 By Nicki Koetting

Best Places to Work 2017

Houston's Most Beloved Bosses in 2017

Our readers nominated their favorites, and we asked them their management secrets.

12/04/2017 By Nicki Koetting, Alice Levitt, and Katharine Shilcutt

Essay

An Obituary for Emma, My First Car

Just as you never forget your first love, you never forget your first car.

11/28/2017 By Nicki Koetting

New Territory, Literally

Sugar Land Annexes Two Communities, Grows Even More

As of December 12, Greatwood and New Territory will officially be part of Sugar Land.

11/17/2017 By Nicki Koetting