Ian Crawford, KUT News

News Editor

Ian Crawford joined KUT as News Editor in 2008, after spending over four years as a reporter/anchor at KLBJ Radio in Austin.  He began his broadcasting career while still in high school in Southern Oregon.  During high school and college at the University of Oregon, he worked at times as a reporter, news anchor, sports play-by-play reporter, music host and commercial producer before moving to Texas in 2003.


5:23 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Doggett to Run in District 25

Congressman Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, has filed to run for reelection in District 25, based on maps okayed by a three-judge federal panel then stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Photo by KUT News

Longtime U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, has decided to run for reelection in Texas's 25th Congressional District.

That's the district he represents now, but the boundaries were dramatically shifted by the 2011 Texas Legislature to favor a Republican candidate.

The lines were altered again by a three-judge federal panel late last month. Then the U.S. Supreme Court stayed use of those maps, pending a hearing before the high court January 9.

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Arts and Culture
2:26 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Briscoe Center Gets Dunne Papers

Journalist and writer Dominick Dunne (right) waiting in the media area during the murder trial of Phil Spector. The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History has acquired the papers and manuscripts of the author who died in 2009
Photo courtesy flickr.com/cgkinla

The Dolph Briscoe Center for American Studies at UT-Austin has acquired the papers of writer, journalist and frequent Court TV host and contributor Dominick Dunne.

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4:55 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

AG Lets Committee Rule on Bikes at the State Cemetery

The Texas State Cemetery Committee asked the Attorney General whether they had the authority to regulate where bikes can travel through the historic site.
Image courtesy flickr.com/Seiya234

Authorities at the Texas State Cemetery have become increasingly concerned with bicycles that stray off the paved roadway and onto walking paths or across grave sites. So much so that the cemetery's governing committee asked Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott whether they had the authority to put the kibosh to bikes at the historic site in East Austin.

Officials saw an upswing in bike traffic through the cemetery after road construction started along E. 7th Street and cyclists reportedly started cutting through the cemetery to avoid it.

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4:00 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Study Ranks Austin 10th Most Secure City

A new study ranks Austin among the top 10 most secure cities in the U.S.
Photo by Nathan Bernier/KUT News

A national insurance company places Central Texas among the most secure places to live in the United States.

Farmers' Insurance ranked the Austin-Round Rock area 10th most secure area with a population over 500,000. El Paso placed third in the survey conducted by www.bestplaces.net. Pittsburgh, PA topped the chart.

Criminal Justice
11:50 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Fewer Execution, Death Sentences in Texas

Hank Skinner was one of five Texas death row inmates to have their death sentence stayed in 2011. A new report shows executions in Texas this year dropped to their lowest level in 15 years.
Photo by Caleb Bryant Miller/KUT News

The state of Texas executed 13 people in 2011. A report issued by the Austin-based Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty this morning says that’s the fewest since 1996 and well below the record of 40 executions set in 2000.

Kristin Houlé is the coalition’s executive director. She says one reason for the decreased number of executions is that five death row inmates received stays of execution this year.

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9:10 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Supreme Court Sets Redistricting Hearing

A panel of three federal judges in San Antonio issued this map for Texas's 36 congressional seats in the 2012 election. The U.S. Supreme Court has stayed the map and wants to hear from both sides in person on January 9
Image courtesy Texas Legislative Council

UPDATE 8:45 p.m.:  Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is asking a three-judge federal panel in San Antonio to stay the deadline for candidates to file for primary elections in the state House and Senate, as well as Texas's 36 congressional seats. The deadline is Thursday, but last week's ruling by the Supreme Court that putting redistricting maps for the state's legislative and congressional districts on hold until the justices can review them rendered that essentially moot. The high court won't hear oral arguments on that case until January 9.

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1:45 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Gowalla Founders Joining Facebook

Gowalla founders Scott Raymond and Josh Williams are shutting down their three-year-old Austin-based social network. The two and some of their team will be joining Facebook.
PHoto by Ian Crawford/KUT News

A spokesman for Facebook confirms that the founders of Austin-based Gowalla are joining the social networking giant. But, while Josh Williams, Scott Raymond and members of their development team will close the service next month to join Facebook, both sides are quick to point out that the move is not a takeover move by Facebook.

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1:00 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

FrontSteps Activates Cold Weather Plan

The Austin Resource Center for the Homeless will activate their cold weather plan to give people a chance to beat the chill and sleep warm tonight.
Photo by KUT News

Low temperatures tonight in Austin are expected to hover in the mid 30s. Between that and the damp conditions brought on by the weekend's rain, FrontSteps, the group that runs Austin's Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH), will implement their cold weather action plan tonight.

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9:37 am
Mon December 5, 2011

UPDATE: School Lockdown Lifted after Nearby Standoff Ends

Austin Police and Travis County Sheriff's SWAT teams are trying to arrest a barricaded man in South Austin. The activity has forced Bowie High School into a preventative lockdown.
Photo by Ian Crawford/KUT News

UPDATE, 10:30 a.m.:  Police have taken their suspect into custody without incident on Brodie Lane. AISD is lifting the lockdown at Bowie High School.

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7:56 pm
Sun December 4, 2011

Longhorns to Holiday Bowl

Texas Head Coach Mack Brown leads the Longhorn football team back to the college bowl season. The 'Horns will face Cal in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego Dec 28.
Photo by KUT News

After a humbling 48-24 loss to Baylor yesterday, the Texas Longhorns got a little good news Sunday.

With seven wins, the 'Horns have been picked to play in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl in San Diego. Texas will face the California Golden Bears at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium on Wednesday, December 28. 

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Sunday Roundup
9:52 am
Sun December 4, 2011

Sunday Roundup, December 4, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry has less than a month to turn around his faltering support base before Iowa Republicans caucus.
Photo by Ben Philpott/KUT News

The 100-plus degree days of just a few months ago seem so far away, now that damp, cool weather have drifted into Central Texas. Temperatures will continue to fall into the 40s today, after a strong cold front swung through the area early this morning. Look out for overnight temperatures in the 30s early in the coming week.

Paul Surges, Perry Stumbles in Iowa Poll

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2012 Presidential Election
1:41 pm
Sat December 3, 2011

Herman Cain Suspends GOP Campaign

Herman Cain, shown campaigning in Ohio, announced Saturday that he will suspend his bid for the Republican Presidential Nomination.
Photo by J. Stephen Conn/flickr.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/jstephenconn/6436495565/

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain has suspended his bid for the White House.

NPR quotes the Associated Press as saying Cain was leaving the race, "to avoid continued news coverage of allegations of sexual misconduct that is hurtful to his family.

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Formula One
2:30 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Clock Ticking on Austin F1 Race

The Circuit of the Americas race course under construction in Southeast Travis County may not see a F1 race until at least 2013, according to the race organization's president.
Image courtesy of the Circuit of the Americas

A Formula 1 auto race in Austin next year seems increasingly unlikely.

The Associated Press quotes F1 president Bernie Ecclestone as saying organizers of the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin don't have the money to stage the race set for November 18, 2012. Race organizers have until November 27 to show they have enough money, or the race will be scratched from the 2012 schedule.

Track president Steve Sexton released a statement via email this afternoon, saying a delay wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.

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Sunday Roundup
10:05 am
Sun November 13, 2011

Sunday Roundup, November 13, 2011

Supporters felt much better about Texas Governor Rick Perry's performance in last night's South Carolina GOP presidential debate.
Photo by Ben Philpott for KUT News

The Perry campaign has a good night in South Carolina...The Longhorns have a bad day in Missouri...Formula One's boss wonders aloud whether there will ever be a race day in Austin.

Perry Picks Up Debate Pieces

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Veterans Day
1:50 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Austin Pays Tribute to Veterans

Austinites cheered and saluted war veterans and members of the Armed Forces during the annual Veterans Day Parade on Congress Avenue this morning.

Jim Torres served in Thailand as an Air Force building engineer during the Vietnam War. He politely smiles, as people shake his hand to thank him for his service. But he says his comrades in arms that deserve it more. 

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