Andy Jechow

Social Media Coordinator

Andy Jechow is the social media coordinator for KUT News. After graduating from American University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor's degree in international studies, he returned home to Texas — in need of greasy Tex-Mex — and became a TV news producer. Before joining KUT in November 2018, he worked as a digital content producer at Austin NBC affiliate KXAN News. When he's not at work, Andy enjoys attending book signings and watching classic movies.

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A team at UT Austin uncovered two hidden planets using the Kepler space telescope archive.
Wendy Stenzel / NASA/JPL-Caltech

A team led by an undergraduate student at UT Austin discovered two hidden planets more than 1,000 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius. 

To put that distance in perspective: One light-year is about 6 trillion miles

Beto O'Rourke addresses supporters in El Paso on election night in November.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Former Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke is running for president, he announced in a video with his wife, Amy.

The official merchandise booth at this year's South by Southwest festival.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

The challenge: Getting to South by Southwest 2019 – or avoiding it altogether – with as little pain and suffering as possible.

We're here to help. But you should know, getting around during this year's fest may be a little bumpier than before.

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Twenty-four hours later, Austin Water says it's still unsure when the odd smell coming from tap water in certain parts of the city will dissipate. The water utility said yesterday morning it would resolve the issue within a day, but that estimate has come and gone and it's unclear what the timeline is going forward.

@UTAustinPolice / Twitter

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Central Texas until 6 p.m. tonight. Forecasters warn a wintry mix of precipitation could make for treacherous road conditions. Much of that precipitation will be your run-of-the-mill rain and sleet. Some of it will be graupel (pronounced "grau-puhl").

Larry D. Hodge / Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

If you think your tap water smells strange today, you're not alone. 

South and Central Austin residents began noticing the unusual smell Thursday morning. Austin Water initially said work on a waterline was to blame, but in an afternoon update, the utility said it was likely caused by the presence of zebra mussels in a raw water pipeline.

A mountain lion is seen walking through a Leander neighborhood Monday night.
Ring.com / Leander Police Department

A home security camera captured something unusual Monday night: what appears to be an adult mountain lion walking briskly through a Leander neighborhood.

A near-miss between a scooter rider and a pedestrian along Speedway on the UT Austin campus Tuesday.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

As classes resumed from winter break Tuesday, UT Austin announced – effective immediately – that improperly parked scooters will be impounded and the scooter companies will be charged $150 per offense.  

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

With many in the Austin area going without a paycheck as the partial government shutdown continues, local organizations and agencies have put the call out for donations to help employees during this difficult time.

Richard Overton at his 111th birthday party on May 11, 2017.
Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT

A public viewing for Richard Overton, who was the nation's oldest man and World War II veteran, will be held Friday.

Julia Reihs/KUT

Fear not, Texans. You won't be crying in your last, lonely Lone Star any time soon.  

The "National Beer of Texas," has been spared in a dispute between Pabst Brewing, which owns the Lone Star brand, and MillerCoors.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Who can remove a controversial plaque honoring the Confederacy in the Texas Capitol building? Attorney General Ken Paxton answered that question in an official opinion Wednesday, laying the decision primarily at the feet of the Legislature.