Emily Donahue

News Director

Emily Donahue is KUT’s news director. She has spent more than two decades in broadcast journalism and launched KUT’s news department in 2001.  Previously, Emily was part of the Peabody-award winning team at Marketplace as producer of the Marketplace Morning Report. Since coming to KUT, Emily has overseen a doubling of the news staff and content, the accumulation of more than 50 local, national and international awards for journalistic excellence and served on several boards, including the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters and as a member of the 2011 Texas Association of Broadcasters Open Government Task Force. Emily lives in Austin and is currently working on her Master’s in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Politics
8:42 am
Thu June 27, 2013

PolitiFact: 'Pants on Fire' for Texas Rep's Rape Kit Claim

A Texas lawmaker said the evidence-collection kits are like the medical procedure known as dilation and curettage.
Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

Do so-called rape kits in Texas include an internal surgical procedure similar to abortion? That’s what a Republican legislator recently  suggested in a House debate.

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Voting Rights Act
6:07 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Luci Baines Johnson on the Voting Rights Act & Her Father’s Legacy

President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act in 1965. His daughter, Luci Baines Johnson, says today's decision "breaks my heart."
U.S. National Archives

As the United States begin to digest the implications of today’s Supreme Court ruling striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, the decision is resonating here in Austin – the home of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the president who fought for the Voting Rights Act.

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Arts and Culture
3:15 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Interview: Leonard Maltin on Capra, Classic Films and Movies That Prove 'Life Can Be Beautiful'

Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News

Film critic Leonard Maltin on movies, past and present.

It’s Memorial Day weekend – the first big weekend of the summer season and plenty of movies are battling at the box office.

Burt alongside the latest “Star Trek” and “Hangover” sequels is another movie: The 1933 Frank Capra film “Lady for a Day.” Film Critic Leonard Maltin is in Austin for its showing tonight at the Paramount Theater, as part of its summer film series.

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Affordable Housing 101
5:17 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Interactive Map: Average Price for Austin Homes

This interactive map was created using MLS data provided by the Austin Board of Realtors

Click on the dots to view the average sales price of Austin homes for each month from January 2008 to April 2013. 

Arts and Culture
1:49 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

'Octopus Alone:' Children's Book Says Alone Doesn't Mean Lonely

'Octopus Alone' is the second children's book from Austin illustrator Divya Srinivasan.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The children's book, Octopus Alone, by Austin writer/illustrator Divya Srinivasan is released today. It's already being called a remarkable story that teaches children that it's OK to be by yourself in a safe and quite place.

Octopus is shy. She lives on a reef where there’s always a lot going on. Sometimes it’s more than she can take. One day, she finds herself in a new place far from home, all alone.

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Arts and Culture
5:05 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Survival and Identity in 'The 5th Wave'

Rick Yancey's new young-adult novel combines science fiction and existential questions.
Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News

Imagine: The world as you know it has ended. People are gone. Food is scarce. Vicious animal roam freely. You are alone, fighting an enemy so devious, so powerful, so undetectable, you question your own sanity. You are 16.

That is the premise of Rick Yancey’s new young-adult novel, The 5th Wave. KUT’s Emily Donahue spoke with Yancey about the existential questions the characters grapple with along the way.

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Austin
2:16 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Map Says Many Austinites Bike to Work, But Do They Feel Safe?

This City of Austin Map breaks down the percentage of Austinites commuting to work by area. Click the image for an enlarged view.
City of Austin

It’s no secret that Austin is a biking city. And while cities around the country are gearing up for National Bike to Work Day, riding to work is nothing new for Austinites: according to Census data, people here commute by bike four times more often than the national average. 

To prove it, the city released a map breaking down bike commuting by neighborhood. But while more people are pedaling to work, cyclists don't always feel safe on Austin roads.

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PolitiFact
6:30 am
Wed May 15, 2013

PolitiFact: How Many Times Did Greg Abbott Sue the Federal Government?

This week, KUT's Emily Donahue and PolitiFact's Gardner Selby discover just how many times Greg Abbott has sued the Obama administration
KUT News

The Attorney General of Texas recently said he’s sued the Obama administration 25 times.

KUT's Emily Donahue checks that statement with Gardner Selby of the Austin American-Statesman’s Politifact Texas project.

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PolitiFact
5:00 am
Wed May 1, 2013

PolitiFact: Most State Employees Still Waiting for Raise

A state employee group says the state hasn't raised wages in years.
KUT News

As the legislative session comes to a close, no one knows yet if the next state budget will include across-the-board pay raises, but a workers groups claims state workers haven't seen a raise in years.

The Texas State Employees Union said on their website that most state workers haven't seen an uptick in wages since 2009.

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PolitiFact
6:01 am
Wed April 24, 2013

PolitiFact: How Many Texas School Days Are Lost from Tests?

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst recently said Texas students miss 45 days in a given year from testing. How did this rate on the Truth-O-Meter?
KUT News

Some public school students are taking state mandated tests this week. Do Texas schools lose 45 days a year to that testing, as one politico claims?

KUT News' Emily Donahue discussed that question is the Austin American-Statesman’s political fact checker, Gardner Selby.

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PolitiFact
5:10 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

PolitiFact: Americans Support Background Checks for Gun Buyers

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell recently claimed that the majority of Americans support universal background checks for gun purchases. Gardner Selby (l) tells us how that ranks on the Truth-O-Meter.
KUT News

While campaigning for background checks with gun purchases, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell referenced polls showing public support for the policy.

Mayor Leffingwell joined a press conference supporting background checks in March – and said 90 percent of Americans and 74 percent of National Rifle Association members support universal background checks.

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PolitiFact
5:10 am
Wed April 10, 2013

PolitiFact: Carbon Monoxide Still Used in Animals Shelters

This week PolitiFact's Gardner Selby and KUT's Emily Donahue checked into a claim made by State Senator Kirk Watson about euthanasia in Texas animal shelters.
KUT News

A Travis County state lawmaker says dogs and cats are still being euthanized by carbon monoxide poisoning.

KUT’s Emily Donahue checked that claim with Gardner Selby of the Austin American-Statesman’s Politifact Texas reporting project.

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Texas
3:10 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Sebastian Junger Screens Film About Journalist's Death in Libya

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Sebastian Junger has written bestselling books including The Perfect Storm. His documentary, "Restrepo" was nominated for an Oscar.  But none of his works was as personally powerful as the film he’ll introduce tonight at the LBJ Library.  

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Austin
4:09 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

'Three Graves Full' is a Mystery Thriller That’s Full of Laughs

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Jamie Mason’s first novel is called Three Graves Full. It’s part mystery, part thriller and part slapstick comedy of errors. And Jamie Mason is getting rave reviews.

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Arts and Culture
5:31 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Afghanistan Stories From the Walking Wounded

"Outside the Wire" collects the stories of soldiers in Afghanistan.
Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News

It’s been more than 11 years since the United States' war in Afghanistan began.  Nearly 20,000 U.S. military men and women have come back injured from the war.

Every one of those injuries has a story behind it.  Some were collected by Christine Dumaine Leche, a creative writing teacher at Austin Community College. She left her home and family to work with soldiers in Afghanistan, helping them to write about their experiences in a long and historic war.

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