Jennifer Stayton

Host, Morning Edition

I feel very lucky to have been born and raised right here in Austin, Texas. An English teacher at my high school, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, once suggested to the class that we tune in to KUT 90.5 for Paul Ray’s “Twine Time.” I have been a public radio fan ever since.

My original career path – Psychology – took a back seat to radio after I started volunteering at the Williams College student radio station during my time there.

I have worked for commercial and public radio stations in sales, music, production, and news. I stopped along the way to get a Master’s Degree from Syracuse University in Radio-Television-Film. I have been the anchor and host of “Morning Edition” on KUT since May of 2004.

When I am not napping (that 3:30 a.m. alarm comes awfully early during the week!) I enjoy time with my husband Charles, stepdaughter Samantha, and our cat and hamster. I also enjoy watching UT Longhorn football and and experiencing all that is cool about Austin.

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Texas
7:26 am
Thu February 14, 2013

A Texas Valentine: LBJ's Love Letters to Lady Bird

A young Lyndon Johnson and Claudia Taylor. The LBJ Museum is releasiing LBJ's love letters courting his future wife.
LBJ Presidential Library and Museum

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum is releasing never-before-seen love letters written by the former president and his soon-to-be bride.

Regina Greenwell is the senior archivist at the LBJ Library. She says the letters paint a picture of a 26-year-old Lyndon Johnson who made up his mind about Claudia Taylor – then known as “Bird” – on their first date.

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Scientology
4:09 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Listen: Austin Author Lawrence Wright on 'Going Clear,' His Controversial Book on Scientology

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright believes religion is a more powerful influence in people's lives than politics.
Kenny Braun

 Audio FileKUT's Jennifer Stayton talks with Austin author Lawrence Wright about his latest book "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief."Edit | Remove

What do Gloria Swanson and Tom Cruise have in common?

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Arts and Culture
5:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

UT Prof Works to Define Elusive Concept of Happiness

People define happiness differently, but a couple of traits are universal.
flickr.com/trufflepig

We all think we know what happy means. But when you get down to it, how would we actually define it? Raj Raghunathan has tried. He teaches marketing at UT’s McCombs School of Business. He studies, among other things, consumer behavior, decision theory, and happiness. Raghunathan says different people define happiness differently, but a couple of traits are universal. It’s a positive emotion, and we want to experience it. But, he says, pursuing society’s most common markers of happiness won’t actually get us there.

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Business
5:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Here's the ABCs of P3s (aka Public-Private Partnerships)

The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission is recommending tighter laws governing some public-private partnerships.
Erik Reyna, KUT News

Public-private partnerships have been back in the news lately,  after the Sunset Advisory Commission put a halt to some development projects being discussed for the Capitol area. Lawmakers want to tighten up some of the laws governing the Texas Facilities Commission and public-private partnerships, or P3's.

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AM Update
8:32 am
Mon May 28, 2012

AM Update: Memorial Day Roundup, Austin Planetarium Plans, Spurs' Streak Continues

An artist's rendering of the science and technology museum that would be part of a complex proposed by the Austin Planetarium.
Image courtesy austinplanetarium.org

Memorial Day 2012 Events

Central Texans have several opportunities today to honor veterans for their service. Ceremonies are being held at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin and at Veterans Memorial Plaza in Sun City in Georgetown.

The City of Austin is expecting between 2,500 and 3,000 runners to pound the pavement today for the Capital of Texas Triathlon. You might think you'll catch a break from traffic troubles because of lighter than usual holiday traffic, but the Triathlon is causing some downtown street closures until approximately 3 p.m.

Hitting the road or the water today? Make sure to take a look at our public safety tips and warnings this Memorial Day.

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Austin
8:44 am
Sun January 15, 2012

Top Morning Stories Sunday, January 15, 2012: Conservative Leaders Back Santorum; MLK Day Coming

Texas Governor Rick Perry signs autographs in South Carolina ahead of next Saturday's GOP presidential primary. Photo by Jay Root of The Texas Tribune.

Evangelical Leaders Meeting in Texas Pick Rick.... Santorum, That Is

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Austin
8:14 am
Thu November 24, 2011

Top Morning Stories 11/24/11: Happy Thanksgiving!

UT's days of playing at Kyle Field in College Station come to an end tonight. Photo courtesy http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalooz/

Get Your Trot On

An estimated 20,000 runners will be burning off their Thanksgiving feast calories before the big meal at the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot. That means some road closures in and around downtown Austin this morning. Click here for more information on the race, route, and road closures.

Taking a Thanksgiving Break

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Austin
8:30 am
Sun November 6, 2011

Top Morning Stories 11/6/11: Time Change, Rain on the Way?

Soldiers in the 1st Cavalry, 3rd Brigade at Fort Hood deployed in December 2008 to Iraq.
Photo by Erika Aguilar for KUT News.

What Time is It?

Not to be smart-alecky, but just a quick reminder to make sure you set your clocks back one hour before going to sleep Saturday night. Yes, this is the glorious "fall back" weekend when we get one hour of extra sleep. Perhaps you used that extra hour to celebrate the Texas Longhorns' football win over Texas Tech Saturday 52-20?

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Austin
9:15 am
Sun October 23, 2011

Top Morning Stories Sunday, October 23, 2011

Another sunny.... and busy day... today in Central Texas. Click here for the YNN Sunday forecast.

The Write Stuff

The Texas Book Festival concludes today at the State Capitol Complex. Click here for schedule information on today's author appearances. And you can hear interviews with many book festival authors at KUT's main website.

Budget Cuts' Impact on Compliance and Oversight

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Breaking
6:30 pm
Sun September 4, 2011

Bastrop Fire Forces Hundreds to Evacuate

Smoke can be seen for miles as fire sweeps through Bastrop County. Photo by Matt Largey for KUT News.

12:00 a.m. UPDATE: More from KUT's Matt Largey at Bastrop Middle School:

"The folks sitting here, looking around, they look like they're kind of in shock. Obviously this is a difficult situation for them. They look exactly as you'd expect somebody to look like, who's just had to flee their home because of a wildfire."

Bastrop Middle School is one of several shelters set up for Bastrop County residents who've been forced to evacuate.

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wildfire
4:02 pm
Sun September 4, 2011

Brush Fire Forces Pflugerville Evacuation

Amy and Manny Pena and their dog, Mija, evacuated to Hendrickson High School after a wildfire threatened their home. The evacuation order has since been lifted. Photo by Matt Largey for KUT News.

6:00 p.m. update: KUT's Matt Largey reports the  brush fire at Hodde Lane and Cele Road in Pflugerville has been about 40% contained. The evacuation order has been lifted for the 180 or so households that had been evacuated to Hendrickson High School. The fire is no longer threatening subdivisions. Rural farmhouses or structures that may still be at risk will be evacuated individually on case-by-case basis as needed.

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Austin
2:12 pm
Sun September 4, 2011

Afternoon Brush Fire Destroys Two Cedar Park Homes

Updated: City officials tell KUT News all related grass fires have now been contained, though fire officials continue to monitor hotspots. Six area fire agencies responded to the fire earlier today to assist Cedar Park.  

From the City of Cedar Park:

 

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Austin
12:42 pm
Sun September 4, 2011

Brush Fire In Pflugerville Closes Road

Part of Dessau Road in Pflugerville is closed Sunday afternoon because of a grass fire.

Updated:  The first fire reported in the Pflugerville area today has been contained. Firefighters from Pflugerville and Travis County are now battling a second brush fire this afternoon. This one is around Hodde Lane near the Reserve at West Creek Subdivision.  From Pflugerville Police:

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Austin
9:13 am
Sun September 4, 2011

Top Morning Stories Sunday, September 4, 2011

Stage 2 Water Restrictions Go Into Effect Tuesday in the City of Austin. Image courtesy City of Austin.

Fire Danger Levels High in Central Texas Today

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Austin
12:11 am
Sun September 4, 2011

Texas Longhorns Beat Rice 34-9 in Football Season Opener

Longhorn Mike Davis on the run as the Texas Longhorns defeated Rice Saturday night 34-9. Photo courtesy of University of Texas at Austin athletics.

Texas Longhorn football fans breathed a sigh of relief- a least for this week- as the 'Horns beat the Rice Owls 34-9 in the seasoner opener. Those who follow the Longhorns weren't sure what to expect tonight, with a revamped coaching staff, depth chart, and attitude, coming off last year's disappointing 5-7 season.

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Austin
4:32 pm
Sat September 3, 2011

Hot, Windy, and Dry Through the Labor Day Weekend

Temps may be falling, but the rain still is not. Photo by KUT News.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for just about all of Central Texas from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Sunday. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for our area on Monday from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

The weekend has been pleasant. It's been breezy and not as hot. So what do these warnings and watches mean?

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Weekend Updates
8:51 am
Sun July 10, 2011

Top Morning Stories Sunday, July 10, 2011

Space Shuttle Atlantis lifts off Friday, July 8, 2011 for the final mission of the US Space Shuttle program. Atlantis is heading for a docking with the International Space Station Sunday morning. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.

Parts of Deficit Reduction Talks Break Down

U-S House Speaker John Boehner says he cannot rally support among his colleagues for a major deal on deficit reduction. The sticking point: talk of tax increases. Talks at the White House scheduled for today reportedly will still happen, with the emphasis now on dealing with the federal debt ceiling.

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Austin
8:46 am
Sun May 22, 2011

Sunday Roundup for May 22, 2011

There is still come ground to cover before state lawmakers can declare their work done on a state budget. Photo of the Texas House Chamber by Nathan Bernier for KUT News.

State Budget Battle Continues

Perhaps you enjoyed a nice day off of Saturday, but state lawmakers are still trying to reach agreement on a state budget plan. Yes, the end of the 2011 regular legislative session is near - just over a  week away - and the deal is still not done. Click here for an update from KUT's political reporting partner, the Texas Tribune, on where things stand right now. Lawmakers are not in session today.

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Morning Traffic Update
7:18 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Wednesday Morning Traffic Problems

UPDATE at 10:50am--Travis County Sheriff's deputies report that the person involved in this morning's standoff on SH-130 has been taken into custody.  No reports of any injuries.  The 130 toll road between SH 71 and FM 812 has been reopened.

An armed driver is reportedly inside his car on the 130 toll toad this morning. The driver is not believed to be a threat to the public. He has told law enforcement officials he only intends to harm himself and not others.  Highway 130 is closed right now between 71 and FM 812 because of the incident.

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