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.


11:44 am
Mon December 19, 2011

House Gums Up Tar Sands Deal

A section of the Keystone pipeline in Illinois that has already been constructed.
Photo by Keystone Pipeline System

Congress is working today on a payroll tax extension plan, but House Republicans could dash their own hopes for the Keystone XL Pipeline if they refuse to pass the deal approved by the Senate Saturday.

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1:54 pm
Sun December 18, 2011

Update on Train vs. Tractor Trailer in Hutto

Williamson County OEM

Cleanup from the accident earlier today in Hutto is wrapping up. The Williamson County Emergency Management Office reported this afternoon that:

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11:30 am
Sun December 18, 2011

Sunday Update 12/18/11

A protest against the Keystone XL in Washington DC November, 2011.

Some Austin Latinos spoke out against AISD’s proposal for an in-district carter school managed by IDEA public schools.  YNN Austin reports that,

Activists gathered Saturday to call for IDEA Charter's CEO to withdraw his proposal and to send a message to the school board.

"They are supposed to be administering quality public education for our students. If they can't do that then they need to go. They need to turn in their resignations," one demonstrator said.

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9:05 am
Sun November 27, 2011

Sunday News Roundup 11/27/11

Breezy, cool temperatures in Austin today.
Photo by Emily Donahue/KUT News


Austin Bergstrom International Airport is prepping for a heavy travel day. Just as in the day before Thanksgiving, today is one of the heaviest travel days of the year. And showers and thunderstorms along the East Coast may delay some travelers. So be forewarned - bring a book, a Kindle, an iPad or maybe some other gadget to pass any delays. Oh how did we travel before technology?

Has Autumn at last arrived in Austin? It's going to be a breezy, chilly day today. After dropping to nearly 30 overnight, highs today are expected to reach the mid-fifties. Bundle up!

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9:28 am
Sun October 2, 2011

Sunday Headlines for October 2, 2011

It's another dry day in Austin and that means the weather is again the top story. But today, it's for good reasons! It'll be in the mid-to-high 80's with plenty of sun. Tonight, lows in the 50's. Although, if you suffer from allergies, molds are high and ragweeds are out too.

Of course, Longhorns fans would argue that UT's big win over Iowa State is the top story. Those Horns just steam rolled the Cyclones. This morning, the Austin America-Statesman's Mark Rosner said the win was down to turnover. 

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2:45 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Opining on a Market Dump

Global markets were in turmoil today. Gold fell and the dollar rose against the Euro.
Photo illustration by Daniel Reese for KUT News.

The world markets went into free fall today. All major indices fell, the Euro slumped and the dollar rose. Even gold fell. All the turmoil spurred local entrepreneur and business journalist, Mark Dewey, to put it all down...in a poem. Check it out:


A market crash is something like a giant gash

inside my soul.   I was wrong, now I pay,

or maybe I was right but didn't say or didn't take the necessary steps.


"I told you so" I tell myself.  I knew Europe would take us down.

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4:51 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Texas to Request Major Disaster Declaration from Feds

The Bastrop wildfire alone has burned more than 34,000 acres, destroyed almost 800 homes and left two people dead. Texas has applied for a federal disaster declaration.
Photo by Reshma Kirpilani for KUT News and ReportingTexas.com

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst will ask the federal government to declare a major disaster in Texas due to the wildfires burning across the state.

Dewhurst toured some of the damage and met with some evacuees in Bastrop today, where the worst fire is still not fully contained. Afterward, Dewhurst told the press, "I am signing the request for major disaster relief for Texas to be declared a national disaster because of these fires."

More than 34,000 acres have burned and the Texas Forest Service says as many as a thousand homes have been lost in the Bastrop fire alone.

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10:29 am
Sun August 7, 2011

KUT News Brief 8/07/2011

Texans may see results from S&P's decision to downgrade U.S. debt. The markets will weigh in on Monday.

The world will know by Monday morning how the international markets react to Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade the U.S. credit rating  to a “AA+,” a notch below what’s considered a risk-free investment.

Two other credit rating agencies had left the U.S. rate unchanged.

Standard and Poor’s based its decision on the political logjam in Washington, saying lawmakers did not seem able to overcome “a contentious and fitful process.”

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9:08 am
Sun July 3, 2011

July 3rd Morning Roundup

It's hot!
Photo by Emily Donahue for KUT News.

It’s already been a long, hot summer. And it’s only the 4th of July weekend!

The weather forecast for the rest of the holiday weekend? What else? Hot! Although Sunday there’s a slight chance that southerly breezes from the Gulf could trigger scattered late afternoon showers. Temperatures are expected to be at or near the century mark Sunday and Monday.

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4:49 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Memorial Service Friday for Byron Carter, Jr.

The memorial service for 20 year-old Byron Carter, Jr. will be held Friday June 2 at 2:30 at Mount Zion Baptist Church.

Carter was shot and killed by APD Officer Nathan Wagner. Carter was a passenger in a car with a 16-year old driver who allegedly hit another officer and pinned Wagner, who then fired shots into the car, killing Carter and injuring the 16 year-old driver, according to an APD press release.

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3:19 pm
Sun May 29, 2011

Former Texas Governor Clements Passes Away

Former Texas Governor Bill Clements.
Capitol Portrait courtesy of the Texas State Preservation Board. http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/spb/gallery/govs/49.htm

Former Texas Governor William "Bill" Clements has died. He was 94.

Clements was born in 1917 and served in the Nixon and Ford Administrations in Washington as well as two rounds as Texas Governor.  His first election was historic - he became the first Republican elected governor since Reconstruction.

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9:32 am
Sun May 29, 2011

Top Stories May 29, 2011

With a budget passed, lawmakers turn to SB 1811 to find out how to pay for it.
Photo by Liang Shi for KUT News.


Legislators passed a new, very tight state budget Saturday night – one that conservatives hail as a fiscally responsible victory that shows the state can make tough choices in hard times and which democrats decried as a long list of poor choices that will hurt students from Pre-K through college, families and those with disabilities.

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12:01 pm
Sun April 3, 2011

Sunday News Roundup 4/3/11

It's wildflower season in Central Texas
Photo By Emily Donahue

The Texas House gets back to work on the next state budget today. Lawmakers worked late Friday and into Saturday on the $164 billion dollar bill. And though there were passionate debates over which programs to save, the Texas Tribune's Ross Ramsey reminds us the next state budget won't be pretty - for anyone,

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4:24 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

Dan Neil Pulls Out of HD-48 Race

Dan Neil
Photo from Dan Neil's campaign website. http://www.texansfordan.com/

Dan Neil has withdrawn from the battle for Texas House District 48. 

In a statement released this afternoon, Neil said,

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7:03 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

New Director at Town Lake Animal Center

Abigail Smith, the new director of Town Lake Animal Center.

The new director of Austin’s Town Lake Animal Center is committed to keeping Austin a “no-kill” city.  Abigail Smith, formerly of the Ithaca New York SPCA, took the helm at TLAC this week and said her first priority is to simply understand where things stand at the shelter.

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