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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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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Developing
11:08 am
Fri December 24, 2010

Austin Police Officer Shoots and Kills Suspect

Austin Police say an officer shot and killed a man Thursday night.
Nasha Lee for KUT News

10:50 a.m. UPDATE--Austin Police have identified the man shot to death by an APD officer who was stabbed in the neck during a struggle in north Austin late last night.  Maurice Pierce, who was one of the men charged in the "Yogurt Shop Murders" of 1991, reportedly died at the scene near Parmer Lane and McNeil Road.  Pierce was charged in 1999 with the rape and murder of four teenage girls at a north Austin yogurt shop.   He was later cleared of the charges.

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Texas
5:55 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Texas Comptroller's Report on Economic Incentives and Jobs

Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs is out with a new report analyzing the impact of state economic incentive programs on job creation. The report says while incentives may be needed to compete with other states trying to attract businesses, those incentive programs need careful analysis.  Combs says the incentives are only responsible for a small part of Texas’ annual economic growth, and the state’s economy would grow with or without them.

News Brief
6:22 am
Tue December 21, 2010

Stretch of I-35 Open Again After Early Morning Accident

Austin police say the stretch of southbound I-35 around William Cannon is now open. A portion of southbound I-35 had been shut down this morning because of a fatal traffic accident that happened earlier today. Southbound traffic had been diverted off of I-35 at the William Cannon exit onto the frontage road while police were on the scene investigating.

News Brief
8:20 am
Sun November 21, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 21, 2010

University of Texas at Austin head football coach Mack Brown speaks to the media back in October when the team had hit a rough patch. Saturday night, the Longhorns were back to their winning ways.
Image from KUT news.

UT Longhorns Back on Winning Track

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