Around The Station

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.

Three Questions with Alejandra Martinez

Mar 6, 2018
courtesy of Latino USA

Alejandra Martinez graduated from The University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism in December 2017. While she may be a fresh graduate, she’s no newbie to public radio journalism.

Alejandra recently participated in NPR’s Next-Generation Radio project, a week-long digital and radio journalism boot camp, where she covered Houston’s recovery post-Hurricane Harvey.

Millions of people have heard Shankar Vedantam’s engaging reports on social science research on NPR shows like “Morning Edition” and his popular podcast “Hidden Brain.” Shankar now brings his signature knowledge, wit and sense of humor to this new one-hour weekly program, airing from 9 to 10 p.m., Fridays, on KUT 90.5.

Join us for “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!,” NPR’s Peabody Award-winning quiz show, live at the Bass Concert Hall on Thursday, May 3. Host Peter Sagal, along with judge and scorekeeper Bill Kurtis, will lead a panel of comedians, humorists and journalists, listener contestants and celebrity guests through a comic review of the week’s news live from Austin. Scheduled panelists include: Luke Burbank, Maz Jobrani and Faith Salie.

Three Questions with DaLyah Jones

Feb 1, 2018
Jerroderick Lenoir

Our Three Questions series continues in February by turning the spotlight on KUT Host and Assistant Producer DaLyah Jones.

An assistant producer for “All Things Considered” and evening host, DaLyah is also co-host of the "Two and Fro" podcast. When she’s not at the station, she’s staning for Beyoncé.

Three Questions with Nadia Hamdan

Dec 28, 2017
Gabriel Cristóver Pérez

Beginning Jan. 1, KUT will air an additional hour of our most listened-to broadcast, “Morning Edition.” This additional hour will feature more Austin news and interviews with local newsmakers. Local “Morning Edition” associate producer/host Nadia Hamdan, along with the entire KUT News team, has been contributing to this expansion. So let’s take a moment to get to know Nadia.

Three Questions with Joseph Leahy

Dec 1, 2017
Paul Sableman

Joseph Leahy produces and anchors local newscasts weekdays during “Morning Edition.” He began his career in broadcast journalism as a reporter for St. Louis Public Radio in 2011. Moving to Delaware the following year to help launch the state’s first NPR station, WDDE. He returned to Missouri in 2013 to anchor St. Louis Public Radio’s local newscasts during “All Things Considered” and produce news on local and regional issues, including the aftermath of Michael Brown’s fatal police shooting in Ferguson in 2014.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

KUT 90.5 is bringing the StoryCorps Mobile Booth to Austin, Jan. 5 through Feb. 2, and you and a loved one are invited to record your story!

Yoichi Okamoto/LBJ Library

The following commentary ran in the Nov. 7, 2017, online version of The Austin American-Statesman. Link to original commentary.

Public Broadcasting Act has shaped America for 50 years

By Bill Stotesbery and Stewart Vanderwilt - Special to the American-Statesman

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez

Once again, the KUT and KUTX annual Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll kicks off the holiday season!

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 commemorative songbooks.

At 7 p.m., we’ll countdown to the lighting of the Capitol tree. After the tree lighting, we stroll Congress Avenue for shopping, live music and entertainment for all ages.

Three Questions with Claire McInerny

Nov 6, 2017
Martin do Nascimento

Our Three Questions series continues this month with Claire McInerny, who joined KUT News this summer as our education reporter.

McInerny covers education issues from pre-kindergarten through college, focusing on equity in various education systems. This includes socioeconomic, racial and geographic issues of diversity in Austin.

Three Questions with Jimmy Maas

Oct 2, 2017
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

KUT 90.5 reporter and midday host (1-4 p.m. weekdays) Jimmy Maas grew up in Austin and studied journalism at The University of Texas at Austin, before moving to New York City where he worked for the Wall Street Journal Radio Network and Bloomberg Television by day, and as a comic by night.