Around The Station

Three Questions with Marisa Charpentier

Jul 7, 2020

You may not hear her voice on the air, but if you’ve visited our website, you’ve likely seen some of Digital Producer Marisa Charpentier’s work.

Report for America Journalists to Cover Growth, Changing Demographics

KUT News is expanding reporting on Hays and Williamson counties thanks to a partnership with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities through its reporting corps.

Five questions: How we're staying home

May 4, 2020

We asked some of our team members to answer five questions about how they’ve been navigating the stay-home orders – challenges they’ve overcome, how they’re practicing self-care and what they’re doing for “fun” in these extraordinary times.

What are some of the challenges you’ve overcome while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic?

Three Questions with Dani Matias

May 4, 2020

As a producer and host for “Morning Edition,” Dani Matias arrives at the office by 5 a.m. weekdays to work with Jennifer Stayton on the morning newscast. She finds Central Texas stories and edits sound for air. She’s also the backup “Morning Edition” host when Jennifer is out. 

Love Letter to an Empty Austin

Apr 7, 2020

Our multimedia team is producing a “love letter to an empty Austin” video and we want to include voices from across the city: musicians, artists, teachers, doctors, construction workers, parents, children out of school – everyone.

Help us build a collaborative “letter to the city” by sharing some of your favorite things about Austin – favorite places and memories, as well as things you miss or words you’d like to share with your city in these difficult times.

Please start your letter with “Dear Austin” and end it with “Sincerely [your choice].”

KUT listeners are more connected to news happening across the state – including under-served areas, such as the border – thanks to The Texas Newsroom, a collaboration between public radio newsrooms across Texas, and NPR, that digs deep into the most important stories in Texas.

Kick off your holiday season with KUT and KUTX at our annual Sing-Along and Tree Lighting, followed by the Downtown Austin Alliance’s Holiday Stroll.

The carols begin at 6 p.m. when crowds gather on the south steps of the Capitol to sing songs of the season, led by KUTX 98.9 music hosts John Aielli and Elizabeth McQueen. Rusty on the lyrics to “The Twelve Days of Christmas”? We’ve got you covered with complimentary keepsake songbooks.

Join KUT And KUTX For A Pre-Game Tailgate Nov. 9

Nov 1, 2019

Join KUT and KUTX for a pre-game tailgate party at the Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas State Wildcats football game on Saturday, Nov. 9. Swing by to enjoy food and drink, play a game of news versus music cornhole, pick up cool swag and enter to win a prize pack. It’s free and there’s no need to RSVP.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

KUT and KUTX Tailgate | 10:30 a.m. | Stay and watch the game
UT vs. Kansas State | 2:30 p.m.

KUT and "Texas Standard" at the Texas Book Festival

Oct 1, 2019
Texas Book Festival

Journalists and producers at KUT and “Texas Standard” are proud to moderate author panels at the 2019 Texas Book Festival taking place in and around the grounds of the State Capitol Building the weekend of October 26 and 27.

If you plan to go, be sure to stop by some of these panels to say hello.


Three Questions with Samuel King

Sep 3, 2019
Ben Philpott

KUT transportation reporter Samuel King recently relocated to Austin from Kansas City, where he covered Missouri state politics for member station KCUR. Before that, he spent 14 years in television news in markets like Minneapolis, New York City and Tyler, Texas. Samuel has frequently covered transportation and mobility issues in cities large and small. He has won Associated Press awards for spot news coverage and investigative reporting.

Nate Ryan

Live from Here,” is excited to present a new season from its new home at The Town Hall in New York City. The show’s move to New York offers exciting new opportunities – including an earlier season kick-off of September 7!

Here are just a few of the many incredible performances you can look forward to this fall:

NASA (19 June 1969)

This month marks 50 years since the U.S. put man on the Moon and “Texas Standard” has been working on a show looking back at how Texas helped lead the race. The one-hour special airs Friday, July 19, at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on KUT 90.5.

The team is still editing interviews and polishing copy but here’s a sneak preview of some of the voices and stories you’ll hear:

Three questions with Sangita Menon

Jul 1, 2019

Sangita Menon is a general assignment reporter for KUT, who also tracks and measures the diversity of the sources used in our reporting.

Before making the switch to journalism in 2017, she was a circuit designer for a high-tech company in Austin. She has a degree in electrical engineering and computer science from UCLA. Born in India, Sangita grew up in California, lived in Oregon and made her way to Texas in 2007. 

Reporter Dalyah Jones is one of eight journalists selected for the inaugural Freedomways Reporting Project, an initiative to report about underrepresented communities in the South.

Three Questions with Jerry Quijano

May 7, 2019

Producer and host Jerry Quijano joined KUT News last year after graduating from Texas A&M University-San Antonio and participating in NPR’s Next-Generation Radio project.

You’ll recognize his voice as the on-air host between 10 am and 1 p.m. during “Texas Standard” and “Here and Now.” He also pinch-hits for reporters when they are out or on another assignment.

The KUT News and “Texas Standard” newsrooms have earned local and national industry recognition for their coverage of stories that matter – from local and state news, to human interest and commentary.

It's thanks to direct support from listeners that our journalists can spend the time digging deep into a story to provide context, nuance and perspective, while meeting the highest journalistic standards.

Explore these award-winning stories produced in 2018:

Marsha Miller

Hundreds of “In Black America” interviews with newsmakers including, Stokely Carmichael, Yolanda King, Wilhelmina Delco, Maya Angelou, Dick Gregory and Barbara Jordan, will be restored, digitized and made available to the public thanks to a grant from Recordings at Risk, a national re-granting program operated by the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Did you hear it? “Morning Edition” has a new theme song that echoes the melody listeners know and love, yet brings it into the new century with a mixture of real and electronic instruments – and a beat. It debuted yesterday and has made headlines, including in the New York Times.

Three Questions with Mike Lee

Apr 2, 2019

Senior producer Mike Lee has been working at KUT since his days as an English major at the University of Texas at Austin.

The Scoop on Matching Grants

Mar 28, 2019

You’ve heard us talk about “matching grants” and “matching pledges” during our semi-annual membership drives. But who are the people making these grants and do they really impact the bottom line?

The answer is anyone can participate and matching grants definitely help us meet our fundraising goals, which in turn enable us to deliver the programming you depend on every day.

“Matching grants are great at inspiring others to give,” says Membership Director Holly Gaete. “In fact, they account for nearly 25 percent of our funds raised during a membership drive.”

KUT/X General Manager Debbie Hiott says there are "goods and bads" to working at the same place for 28 years. After her time at the Statesman, Hiott says she knows the Austin market and media landscape, but is still learning the ropes of radio.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Debbie Hiott started at the Austin American-Statesman as an intern in 1990 while she was still a student at what was then Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). After 28 years in reporting and editing jobs at the Statesman, Hiott has taken over as general manager of KUT and KUTX. 

Hiott told KUT that although this is her first job in radio, she is committed to the stations' missions.

Three Questions with Trey Shaar

Mar 5, 2019
Juan Figueroa for KUT

Three Questions with Trey Shaar

Producer, reporter and All Things Considered fill-in host Trey Shaar has been a KUT fan since 1988 when he was delivering the Houston Post and San Antonio Express-News before the sun came up.

After nearly 20 years in the television news business – including the local FOX affiliate – he leapt at the opportunity to join the KUT newsroom in 2013.

Meet General Manager Debbie Hiott

Feb 4, 2019

Longtime Austin newsroom leader Debbie Hiott was named KUT and KUTX general manager last month. While she’s still settling into the job, we wanted to share a few insights with you on her background and initial goals for the station.

Follow Debbie on Twitter @dhiott

Three Questions with Field & Feast's Cecilia Nasti

Dec 20, 2018

Cecilia Nasti, creator, producer and host of “Field & Feast,” has decided to take a break from producing her long-running show about good food from the ground up. The final installment of the five-minute radio series airs Sunday, Dec. 30 – at 7:35 a.m. on KUT 90.5 and 9:55 a.m. on KUTX 98.9.

Since January 2011, “Field & Feast” has highlighted local home and professional gardeners, as well as cooks, discussing growing and preparing food.

Kick off your holiday season with KUT and KUTX at our annual Sing Along and Tree Lighting, followed by the Downtown Austin Alliance’s Holiday Stroll.

The carols begin at 6 p.m. when crowds gather on the south steps of the Capitol to sing songs of the season, kicked off by KUT "Morning Edition" host Jennifer Stayton and led by KUTX 98.9 music hosts John Aielli and Elizabeth McQueen. Rusty on the lyrics to “The Twelve Days of Christmas”? We’ve got you covered with complimentary keepsake songbooks.

Julia V. Reihs

After writing for publications such as Orange Magazine, Study Breaks, the Daily Dot and Austin Monthly, University of Texas journalism junior Onaje McDowelle considered himself a confirmed print journalist.

When we started our ATXplained project more than two years ago, we wanted to get our audience more involved with the journalism we do at KUT.

Since then, we’ve done more than 40 stories based on your questions about Austin’s people, places and history. You’ve asked questions about our city that we would never have thought to ask — and the resulting stories have taught us that there are so many more amazing stories to tell.

Now we want to bring you even closer to the work that we do. 

Three Questions with Rebecca McInroy

Jun 5, 2018
Martin do Nascimento

Producer and Host Rebecca McInroy may be best known for her work on our “Views and Brews” conversation series at the Cactus Cafe and our popular Friday segment (and podcast) “Two Guys on Your Head.” But did you know she's the driving force behind several other podcasts?

Spring Brings Wildflowers ... and Awards

May 1, 2018

Spring in Texas means wildflowers, warmer weather – and awards season in the journalism world.

Pilot Project "Open Book Austin" Airs Late April

Apr 3, 2018

Keep an ear out for a project we are piloting later this month called Open Book Austin, which features first-person stories and perspectives not always reflected in the media.

Stephanie Federico, our digital news editor, came up with the concept after attending a journalism engagement workshop last year.