Matt Largey

Managing Editor

Matt Largey is the managing 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.

Ways to Connect

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?"

Gabriel C. Pérez/KUT

On Thursday, we told you about the science behind Austin's amazing (and unusual) fall foliage this year for our ATXplained project. Some of those trees have already started to shed their colorful leaves.

Many of you took some great photos of the display.

A voter at Austin Community College casts his ballot on the first day of early voting for the 2018 midterm elections on Oct. 22, 2018
Julia Reihs / KUT

We're not done voting yet. There are several Austin City Council races, an Austin ISD board race and a runoff for the Austin Community College board. None of the candidates in those races got 50 percent of the vote on Nov. 6, so the top two finishers are in a runoff. 

Martin do Nascimento for KUT

What makes a “real” Austinite?

National Weather Service

A freeze warning will be in effect tonight for much of Central and South Texas — including Travis and surrounding counties. The warning begins at 8 p.m. and goes until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Temperatures are expected to drop well below freezing by tomorrow morning. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport could set a new record low.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

The City of Austin has lifted emergency water-use restrictions enacted last month, as the city dealt with problems with water treatment following record flooding in the Highland Lakes.

Austin Water says customers can now resume outdoor watering that was banned under the emergency restrictions. Austin remains at so-called conservation stage restrictions.

National Weather Service

A freeze warning is in effect for much of Central Texas starting at 8 p.m. Monday until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The National Weather Service says temperatures will drop below freezing starting in the Hill Country this evening and spreading east to the I-35 corridor through the night.

Los Angeles Fire Department

Hundreds of Texas firefighters will start heading to California on Monday morning to help battle wildfires burning in Southern California. 

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. for KUT

UPDATE 7:30 p.m.: Officials say they have cleared the area and no explosive devices were found. They say there is no further threat to public safety. The store should be re-opening soon.

ORIGINAL STORY: Police and fire officials are investigating a bomb threat at the Buc-ee's in Bastrop, according to a press release from the city. 

The area around the store at 1700 SH-71 has been evacuated and the Austin Police Bomb Squad is searching the area.

SH-71 and SH-95 remain open to traffic.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

It's Election Day — and before you head to the polls (if you haven't already during early voting), make sure you know your rights as a voter.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Turnout was strong during early voting in Texas — more than 47 percent of registered voters in Travis County have already cast ballots.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

We're collecting all of KUT's coverage of the midterm elections – how to get an absentee ballot, where to vote, who the candidates are, and everything else – all in one place.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

We're collecting all of KUT's coverage of the midterm elections – how to get an absentee ballot, where to vote, who the candidates are, and everything else – all in one place.

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