Giulia Hjort

Reporting Fellow

Giulia is a student at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in New York City. She’s in Austin for the summer interning with KUT and KUTX, and before J-school, worked in documentary film and with incarcerated youth. She was born in Rome but moved around a bunch, stimulating her interest in hyperlocal culture and identity.

Casa Marianella in East Austin
Julia Reihs / KUT

For many people seeking asylum or citizenship in the U.S., getting here is just the start. Then there’s often the long legal work that needs to be done to stay in the country. For some families, there’s also the need for shelter.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Austin will celebrate the LGBTQ+ community Saturday at the 29th annual Pride festival and parade, despite safety concerns raised following the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, last weekend.

Amy Temperley
Julia Reihs / KUT

Becky Rhodes logged onto Facebook a couple years ago and saw a friend's post asking for help with a new project that would offer exercise and education classes for older adults. 

"Sign me up!" said the then-68-year-old retiree.

A crowd at the Texas Capitol protests migrant detention camps
Michael Minasi for KUT

Hundreds of people crowded the Texas Capitol on the Fourth of July to protest the detention of migrants at border camps. 

Michael Minasi for KUT

Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Austin today to call for an end to the detention of migrants. 

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Cities across the world are celebrating Pride this month with parades and events to honor the queer and trans activists who put their lives on the line for gay liberation during the Stonewall riots of 1969. The event marked the start of the modern gay liberation movement.

But in Austin, the city’s “official” Pride celebration isn’t until August.