Jimmy Maas

Producer, Morning Edition

I grew up in Austin and studied journalism at the University of Texas.  I began my radio career making fun of headlines on local sports and news talk shows. I moved to New York City to be a comic. Found some pretty good "day jobs” managing a daily news radio show for the Wall Street Journal and later, producing business news for Bloomberg Television.  Upon returning to Austin, I dabbled in many things, including hosting nights and weekends on KUT and producing nightly TV news.  Now I’m waking up early to make Morning Edition on KUT even better than it already is.

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Pavel Mezihorak for KUT

The special session of the Texas Legislature began with an announcement by Gov. Greg Abbott in June, pushing — among other priorities — property tax reform. But that call to action fell short of producing a bill in the 30-day session. And no change in property tax law might be OK, because Texans may not be as overburdened by property taxes as they believe.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUT

Nearly two-thirds of Austin renters looking to settle down somewhere else are largely doing so because of affordability, according to a new report from the research firm Apartment List. While the 65 percent of city renters leaving isn't all that different from the national average of 64 percent, the reason they're leaving should be a concern.

Circuit of the Americas

Professional soccer is returning to Austin.

A revamped United Soccer League franchise will play at a new stadium at the Circuit of the Americas in 2019, according to COTA and team co-owner Bobby Epstein. 

Jorge Sanhueza Lyon / KUT

Austin has grown through the years – more people, more traffic – and with that growth has come lots and lots of mattress stores. If you ever make the drive on Anderson Lane in North Austin, you know there is no shortage of places to buy a mattress.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT

Retired Texas teachers are closer to seeing some relief from higher health care deductibles, and current teachers may be seeing more money in the near future, too. But some teacher groups are worried the push to help teachers is more political than substantive.

Austin History Center, PICA 25970

What's in a name? Well, a lot – at least for those in Austin’s vibrant restaurant, live music and condiment scenes.

Earlier this month, Stubb's Austin Restaurant Co. settled a trademark dispute with McCormick and Co., and its subsidiary One World Foods, so that McCormick will be the only company that can use the name Stubb's.

Martin do Nascimento / KUT

Race teams from universities across North America are in Austin this weekend to help push the limits of solar technology.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT

If there were a checklist of things to do in Austin, Cherno Nije has checked a lot of boxes.

He moved to Austin in 1985 to attend UT. He worked for the state, raised a family, moved to Lakeway and eventually started a real estate development firm. He enjoys going to jazz shows downtown.

He also plotted a coup d’état.

Jenna VonHofe / KUT

California's ban on state-funded travel to Texas over laws it says discriminate against LGBTQ people will not affect the Sept. 9 football game between the University of Texas and San Jose State.

Billy Hathorn/Wikimedia Commons

Write it down: TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods, a case that could reshape patent fights for years to come. It might also mean big changes for some small federal courthouses in East Texas.

Jorge Sanhueza Lyon / KUT

With just days left in the Texas 2017 regular legislative session, the fate of a so-called “bathroom bill” is still uncertain.

Just after 1 a.m., state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) attached an amendment to a House bill in an effort to extend the life of the Senate’s controversial proposal.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

The Austin Independent School District is hosting a series of meetings to ask the public for input on what might be on a bond proposal this November. The plan includes modernizing some schools and tackling other projects prioritized by the school board.

Martin do Nascimento / KUT

The Circuit of the Americas racetrack has raised Austin's profile as an international destination for top-tier racing.

This story is not about that kind of racing.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT

The film and TV industry in Texas, at least as we’ve come to know it, is reeling.

Beth Dubber/Netflix

Life magazine once dubbed Madalyn Murray O’Hair “the most hated woman in America.” This week, a feature film about the longtime Austinite’s life and tragic death made its debut at South by Southwest.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT

If the robot takeover happens, Austin may face its share of the blame. At this year’s South by Southwest festival, there are more than 30 panel discussions about robotics, artificial intelligence and automation. That’s not even including vendors, the creative works by filmmakers, and bands and booths that explore the subject.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT

At this time in 2015, the local film industry was still basking in the success of Boyhood, shot largely in the Austin area. Back then, the Lone Star State was the backdrop for several feature films and scripted TV shows.

Two years later, it's a different story.

BBC / The Andrew Marr Show

Academy Award-winner and sometime-Austinite Matthew McConaughey has waded into political commentary, of sorts. While appearing on the BBC’s "Andrew Marr Show" to promote his new movie “Gold,” the actor was asked if left-leaning Hollywood stars should give Donald Trump a break.

Jimmy Maas / KUT

Circuit of the Americas may not be the only stop on the Formula One circuit in the U.S. for long. New F1 CEO Chase Carey said Tuesday that he'd like to see expansion of the sport stateside. That could include a street race in New York, Los Angeles, Miami or Las Vegas.

Bobby Epstein, chairman of Circuit of the Americas, said another U.S. race will make F1 stronger.

Jillian Schantz Patrick for KUT

Most of us ride up and down highways without giving them a second thought. But there seems to be something different about MoPac. The glorified parking lot known, at least officially, as Loop 1 has given many a driver plenty of time to ponder its quirks while stuck in traffic.

Charlie Pearce/Texas Tribune

UPDATE (6 p.m., Saturday): A longtime spokesperson for Rep. Dawnna Dukes told KUT News Saturday evening that the report of Dukes' change of plans would be news to him.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT News

It’s a cloudy, cold Friday. It’s midday on Lady Bird Lake and the air above it is just about 32 degrees Fahrenheit. And the north wind isn't making it feel any warmer for the 90 or so rowers – most of whom are wearing shorts.

They are members of University of Wisconsin Men’s Rowing team. More than 60 varsity rowers, 30-plus freshman, along with coaches and support staff are out – in this weather – for their second of three workouts today. Because as cold as it is, it’s not Wisconsin.

Photo by Jack Plunkett/Feature Photo Service for IBM

These days, many Americans would prefer to “age in place” – or stay in their home as long as they can live safely, independently and comfortably. How long will depend on each individual, but there’s a lab in Austin hoping to extend the timeline for all of us – with robots.

Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters return to Austin Wednesday. The organization that helped shatter the color barrier in the NBA is being led on the court by a man who helped break racial barriers in Austin.

Jimmy Maas / KUT News

The third annual Beer Mile World Championships will be held in Austin Saturday. As the sport continues grow, new deals may take the beer mile to whole new level.

The rules for the beer mile are simple enough. Drink a beer, run a quarter mile, drink another beer, run another lap. If you repeat that two more times, without throwing up, you have officially completed a beer mile. The beer mile rules were codified in Canada in the early '90s. But lately, it’s had a bit of a renaissance, thanks in part to the Beer Mile World Championships.

City of Cedar Park

Last week, Cedar Park officials unfurled its new city flag. It marked the end of an eight-month community effort to find –hopefully- a lasting symbol for the Austin suburb.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Twenty-five years ago today, four girls were murdered in a North Austin yogurt shop. Dozens of lives were forever changed and Austin lost much of its innocence. Despite years of investigations, we’re still asking the same questions that were asked that night.

Jimmy Maas / KUT

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton really likes Austin.

“This race, the whole weekend, Austin, the city, the atmosphere, it’s been unbelievable,” said Hamilton. “It’s the only Grand Prix that I go out to dinner every single night. There is no other grand prix where I go out to dinner every single night.”

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

New world race car champions were crowned in Austin this week and it was decided miles away from the Circuit of the Americas at the Hyatt Regency on Lady Bird Lake.


Daniel Reese for KUT News

After years of planning and consideration, a proposal to build a commuter rail line from Georgetown to San Antonio is now dead. The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) voted last night to remove the Lone Star Rail District from its long-range plan. 


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