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Projects Editor

Matt Largey is the Projects Editor at KUT. He previously worked at WBUR in Boston. His work has appeared on many national radio shows. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including a national Edward R. Murrow award in 2013. He’s originally from Maine, but has lived in Austin since 2006. While it might sound hard to believe, he thinks Maine and Texas are remarkably similar.

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Rob Rosenthal

Earlier this month, KUT hosted the Transom Traveling Workshop, a weeklong training program for up-and-coming audio producers from all over the country. It was the workshop's first time ever in Austin, and the 10 participants were given a simple task: profile an Austinite – any Austinite – who they thought were interesting.

We had a wide range of stories that came out of that assignment. Take a listen to each of the students' stories below.

Lifeguards Quinlin Taylor, left, and Katie Mallet
Michael Minasi for KUT

Many Austin pools close this weekend, ahead of school re-opening next week. But there are still a few more days to get in a swim at your neighborhood pool. And while you're there, maybe you'll hear what Madeline Fening hears when it's time for people to get out of the pool for a five-minute break:

Rob Rosenthal

This week, KUT is hosting the Transom Traveling Workshop, where 10 new radio producers learn everything they need to know about telling stories in sound. 

Each student will produce one audio story about an interesting person in our community. 

Be the first to hear these brand-new stories at a listening event Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in KUT's Studio 1A. We'll listen to the stories and hear from each of the producers about their experience making their first radio story. 

Some people are complaining about the appearance of the "crown" at the top of Austin's tallest building, The Independent.
Richie Loria / KUT

The Independent, at 301 West Ave. in downtown Austin, is the city's newest tallest building. Some call it the "Jenga tower" because of its jagged appearance – shapes jutting out from the sides of the building.

The 59-story luxury apartment tower is definitely attention-getting, and some eyes are drawn all the way to the top – to what looks from afar like a tennis court or one of those nets to stop golf balls at a driving range. 

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Priscila Vega came to the U.S. as a child from her native El Salvador. Her family fled that country's civil war.

She spent 21 years in the U.S. without documentation.

Now a teacher in Austin, Vega talks about voting for the first time and the need to give back.

We're highlighting the voices of people who came to the U.S. from another country in celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month. We want to hear your story! Tell us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #ATXImmigrants.

Julia Reihs / KUT

Diana Nguyen left her native Vietnam after her father was threatened with prison for serving in the South Vietnamese army.

She talks about encountering pirates in the Pacific Ocean, seeing snow for the first time and not taking anything for granted.

Ronald Muljadi came to the U.S. with his family at 5 years old.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Ronald Muljadi is a mortgage broker in Austin. He moved to the U.S. with his parents and sister when he was 5 years old. 

Growing up, he never felt like he got the "full experience" of his Indonesian heritage until he got older.

Ximena Cardoso-Sloane, originally from Ecuador
Julia Reihs / KUT

Ximena Cardoso-Sloane, a math teacher in Round Rock, never planned to move to the U.S. She left her native Ecuador in 2000 to visit a friend in America — and ended up staying.

"In my heart," she says, "I always was a citizen of the world."

"Mini murals" painted on traffic signal cabinets
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Four intersections around Austin are now home to murals by local artists. The city’s Artbox program worked with Houston-based UP Art Studio to commission artists to paint traffic signal cabinets — which hold the guts of stoplights — as the first round of “mini murals.”

Julia Reihs / KUT

Monica Caivano came to Austin from Argentina in 1994. She co-founded Esquina Tango, a "mini cultural center" that teaches language and dance in East Austin.

Julia Reihs / KUT

We're celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month by highlighting people who have moved to Austin from all over the world.

 

Anna Katrina Davey is originally from Italy, but spent time in Germany and Vietnam before moving to Austin. She owns a company that trains businesspeople to recognize and understand cultural differences with people they do business with in other countries.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Travis County until 10:15 p.m., as a strong cold front begins to leave the area. 

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

We're celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month by highlighting people who have moved to Austin from all over the world.

Traffic on the double-decker portion of I-35 through downtown Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The Texas Transportation Commission on Thursday voted to adopt a goal of reducing traffic fatalities on the state's roadways by half by the year 2035 — and reducing them to zero by the year 2050. 

Julia Reihs / KUT

Susan Morrison was two years old when her dad left.

Her mother, Eleanor, was left to care for Susan and her two siblings. The experience led Susan on a journey to change the Texas Constitution to make sure other kids didn't have the same experience she did growing up.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

We made a commitment last year to figure out how we're reflecting the diversity of our community in the voices you hear on KUT. We started with a baseline of the first three months of 2018, when we weren't paying attention, to get an idea of who we had on air. 

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

At least one person has died on Texas roads every day since Nov. 7, 2000. Despite efforts to “End the Streak,” as the Texas Department of Transportation puts it, the state still leads the nation in traffic deaths.

Fatalities did fall about 2% between 2016 and 2017, but more than 3,700 people died in 2017.

National Weather Service

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 7 p.m. for Austin and much of Central and Southwest Texas.

The National Weather Service says potentially severe storms could drop 2 to 4 inches of rain — or more — on the area. 

Potentially severe storms are moving through Central Texas today.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Bastrop and Lee Counties until 12:30 p.m., as strong storms moved across the area.

Hazel O'Neil for KUT

We want to hear from you about the people around Austin you want to know more about — or the people you think the rest of us should.

Lynda M. González for KUT

Are there people in your life you see all the time, but have never actually met? Sure there are.

A sign that says "VOTE" outside a polling place.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

What’s that you say? There’s an election coming up? Yes!

Some smaller cities and towns in Central Texas will be voting on city council races, bond propositions and school board races on May 4.

Martin do Nascimento / KUT

The University of Texas at Austin is among eight schools now being investigated in connection with a nationwide admissions bribery scandal.

Jacob Wasilkowski/Petrichor Studio

It brings new meaning to “Texas Hill Country.”

This map called Earth at Night, Mountains of Light was developed by cartographer Jacob Wasilkowski using NASA satellite imagery to map the world according to nighttime brightness.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Austin’s health department is taking precautionary steps in case the measles virus arrives in Travis County. So far, officials say, there are eight reported cases in Texas, the closest to Austin being in the Temple area.

At least 11 states have seen measles cases this winter.

President Donald Trump is expected to make an announcement soon regarding the partial government shutdown. Watch live below.

The federal courthouse in downtown Austin on July 1, 2015.
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

Keeping track of federal court cases can be confusing even for reporters whose job it is to follow this stuff, let alone the general public.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

We made a commitment last year to figure out how we're reflecting the diversity of our community in the voices you hear on KUT. We started with a baseline of the first three months of 2018, when we weren't paying attention, to get an idea of the diversity of voices on-air. 

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUT

Funeral services will be held Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. for Richard Overton, the oldest man in America and the oldest military veteran, who died Thursday.

Hazel O'Neil for KUT

A couple weeks ago, we asked you to help us answer a question for ATXplained.

Sarah Edens moved to Austin about six months ago. She wanted to know: "When can you call yourself a 'real' Austinite?"

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