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Digital Producer

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Marisa Charpentier joined KUT as a digital producer in January 2020. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with degrees in journalism and Plan II Honors in 2018, she worked as a reporter for Community Impact Newspaper, covering the Central Texas communities of Cedar Park and Leander.


She is originally from St. Louis but grew up in Flower Mound, Texas.


Dr. Mark Escott speaks during a news conference March 6 when South by Southwest was canceled due to health safety concerns.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Austin-Travis County has evidence of community spread of COVID-19, Dr. Mark Escott, the interim medical director and health authority for Austin Public Health, said Friday.

A man carries groceries on the UT Austin campus during spring break on Tuesday.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

We'll keep this post updated on how people can help and get help in the Austin area during the coronavirus pandemic. Know of something missing from this list? Email

Flower Child in downtown Austin during the coronavirus pandemic.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Restaurants are limited to drive-thru, pick-up and delivery service; bars must close; and gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited in Austin effective noon Tuesday.

 Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra speaks during a joint press conference at the Hays County Courthouse on Sunday declaring a state of disaster due to the coronavirus.
Michael Minasi / KUT

Hays County and San Marcos declared a local state of disaster amid coronavirus concerns during a press conference Sunday morning. 

Rosa Montalvo, a cafeteria employee, delivers food to parents parked outside Dawson Elementary school.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Austin Independent School District is preparing meals to hand out to students while school is closed amid COVID-19 concerns. 

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Austin Independent School District is canceling large gatherings and other events through April 3 in response to COVID-19, Superintendent Paul Cruz announced Thursday.

Martin Do Nascimento / KUT

UT Austin is extending its spring break by one week in response to the coronavirus, UT President Greg Fenves announced Wednesday. Classes were originally scheduled to resume March 23, but will now resume March 30.

Dr. Mark Escott, interim medical director of Austin Public Health
Julia Reihs / KUT

Austin Public Health is mandating that nursing homes, assisted living and long-term care facilities in Austin-Travis County secure building access and screen all individuals – including employees, volunteers and visitors – for fevers before allowing them to enter.

A South by Southwest sign in the Red River Cultural District.
Julia Reihs / KUT

South by Southwest laid off a third of its full-time staff Monday, a SXSW spokesperson said. 

The company employs about 175 people. The layoffs come three days after the City of Austin canceled the festival due to concerns over COVID-19. 

Music industry members in the Red River Cultural District met on Saturday to discuss organizing to help people affected by the cancellation of South By Southwest.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Click here to read this in English. 

Líderes comunitarios se está uniendo para ayudar a los dueños de pequeños negocios, camareros, trabajadores del sector turístico, artistas y otros afectados por la cancelación de South by Southwest.

Music industry members in the Red River Cultural District met on Saturday to discuss organizing to help people affected by the cancellation of South By Southwest.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Organizers are coming together to help small-business owners, bartenders, hospitality workers, artists and others grappling with the cancellation of South by Southwest.

Voters wait in line to vote on Super Tuesday at Randall's on Braker Lane.
Julia Reihs / KUT

We're following a number of federal, state and local races throughout Central Texas as results are tallied on Super Tuesday.

The new voting machines in Travis County produce a marked paper ballot. Voters scan and drop the ballot into the ballot box before they leave the voting center.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

From Texas Independence Day to Super Tuesday, here's what's going on in Central Texas this week.

Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd in Austin Sunday evening. He held four rallies across Texas this weekend.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

With Super Tuesday approaching, Bernie Sanders made the rounds in Texas this weekend, traveling to El Paso, San Antonio, Houston and Austin to rally support for his campaign to win the Democratic nomination for president. 

Paul Cruz is resigning from his position as superintendent of Austin Independent School District.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Paul Cruz, superintendent of the Austin Independent School District, announced Wednesday he is resigning to take a position at UT Austin.

Texas Standard, KUT, KVUE-TV and The Texas Tribune held a debate with the candidates running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate Tuesday night.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Eleven candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Texas faced off in Austin on Tuesday night. Guns, immigration, health care and marijuana dominated the debate.

Training at SAFE Alliance in Austin shows police detectives how nurses administer forensic evidence exams for sexual assault survivors.
Julia Reihs / KUT

A federal judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit alleging the Austin Police Department and Travis County District Attorney’s Office mishandled eight women’s sexual assault cases.

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An outdoor amphitheater is opening in Austin this fall and two entertainment companies, C3 Presents and Live Nation Entertainment, are set to bring live music and entertainment to the stage.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Updated at 8:35 a.m. Wednesday.

Snow flurries and sleet are possible Wednesday night, the National Weather Service said, but you shouldn't expect any accumulations on the ground. 

Gabriel García Márquez works at his desk.
Peter Badge / Gabriel García Márquez Papers, Harry Ransom Center

“Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry,” Gabriel García Márquez once told an interviewer. 


The author's archives are proof of this belief. He pored over his manuscripts, marking typewritten pages with red pen, cutting up strips of paper to cover sentences he no longer wanted and replacing them with new ones. 


The Zilker Zephyr is a miniature train that runs through Zilker Park. It has not been operating since May.
Zilker Zephyr Facebook

The company that runs the Zilker Zephyr, the miniature train that runs through Zilker Park, will stop operating the ride. But the Austin Parks and Recreation Department says they're looking for another company to run it.

The tower at the University of Texas Austin
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Incoming UT Austin students will need to show proof they’ve been vaccinated against measles starting this fall, according to University Health Services.

The new requirement does not apply to students currently in classes or those enrolling this spring or summer. 

UT Austin students raise signs signifying their opposition to leadership answers during a town hall forum on faculty sexual misconduct at the university on Monday.
Julia Reihs / KUT

UT Austin students urged university leadership to admit the school has failed them, during a town hall meeting Monday on faculty sexual misconduct.

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Austin City Council has approved spending up to $4 million over the next five years on a liquid compound to remove zebra mussels from water intake systems.

President Donald Trump addresses the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual conference at the Austin Convention Center on Sunday.
Julia Reihs / KUT

President Donald Trump told the audience Sunday in a packed conference hall of farmers and ranchers that his administration’s policies keep them in mind.

Donald Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association forum in Dallas.
Lynda M. González / Texas Standard

President Donald Trump is speaking at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s convention in Austin on Sunday. That means people driving downtown will likely experience delays. 

Salvador Castro for KUT

Feb. 3 is the last day to register to vote before the March 3 primary elections in Texas. Here’s what you need to know to register.

A person's sweaty forward
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Last year was the world’s second-warmest year on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA. And the Austin area was not immune to the warming trends.

The Lyft Driver Center in Austin offers vehicle maintenance to its drivers.
Jorge Sanjueza-Lyon / KUT

Lyft drivers in the Austin area now have a one-stop shop for vehicle services and driver support. 

Drivers for the rideshare company can access services like oil changes, tire rotations and battery replacements, as well as rent cars to use for Lyft or take a break between rides at the Austin Driver Center, 6375 E. U.S. Highway 290.