Nathan Bernier

Host, All Things Considered

Nathan Bernier a KUT reporter and the local host during All Things Considered and Marketplace. He grew up in the small mountain town of Nelson, BC, Canada, and worked at commercial news radio stations in Ottawa, Montreal and Boston before starting at KUT in 2008. 

Nathan has won numerous journalism awards including a National Edward R. Murrow Award, Texas Associated Press Awards, Lonestar Awards from the Houston Press Club, and various other awards and recognitions.  Nathan's hobbies outside work include producing music and enjoying Austin's many food and drink establishments.

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politics
2:59 pm
Tue November 9, 2010

Perry Orders Special Election in Kuempel's District For Dec. 14

Texas House District 44 will hold a special election on Dec. 12 after Representative Edmund Kuempel passed away last week.
Image of HD 44 courtesy Texas Legislative Council

Texas Governor Rick Perry has ordered a special election for December 14 in House District 44.  State Representative Edmund Kuempel (R-Seguin) died of a heart attack Thursday after being reelected there on November 2.

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immigration
2:11 pm
Tue November 9, 2010

Immigrant Students Reveal Undocumented Status To Support DREAM Act

Several students at the University of Texas at Austin revealed they were undocumented immigrants today to make a point about supporting a bill that could grant them a path to citizenship.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Undocumented immigrant students attending the University of Texas at Austin took the risky step of coming out before news cameras today to announce their status and call for swift passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act).

The DREAM Act would provide a six-year conditional path to citizenship for young people who qualify. They would need to complete a college degree or perform two years of military service.

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politics
1:03 pm
Tue November 9, 2010

Analysis of Gov. Perry's Appearance on The Daily Show

Governor Perry sent out this tweet last night after his appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

George W. Bush isn't the only high profile Texas Republican on a book tour. Texas Governor Rick Perry, fresh off his reelection victory last week, is touring the East Coast in support of his new critique of the federal government, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington.

Last night he appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Here's the segment.

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music and arts
11:18 am
Tue November 9, 2010

Ransom Center Acquires Spalding Gray's Archives

Cover of Spalding Gray's performance notebook for 'Swimming to Cambodia.'
Image courtesy Harry Ransom Center

Writer and performance artist Spalding Gray's archives will be available to researchers at the University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center, the museum announced yesterday.  Gray died of an apparent suicide in 2004. He was 62.

The Ransom Center says the collection includes more than 90 handwritten performance notebooks and 100 private journals.

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politics
8:52 am
Tue November 9, 2010

Final Exam: Grading the Bush Years

Fmr. President George W. Bush's new memoir Decision Points goes on sale today. Take a listen to our award-winning documentary for a different take on his legacy.
Official photograph portrait of former U.S. President George W. Bush.

Former President George W. Bush's presidential memoir goes on sale today. The Dallas Morning News reports that hundreds are lined up this morning at a Border's store about a mile from Bush's home in Dallas.

More than 500 people, some of whom camped out overnight, had shown up this morning at the Borders at Preston Road and Royal Lane for a chance to meet the former commander in chief and buy his new memoir, Decision Points.

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politics
8:23 pm
Mon November 8, 2010

Howard Beats Neil by 16 Votes

Democratic incumbent Donna Howard has defeated her Republican challenger Dan Neil in House District 48.

Travis County Elections released final results tonight including provisional ballots (such as those cast by service members overseas):

Howard (DEM) 25,026 48.54%

Neil (REP) 25,010 48.51%

Ben Easton (LIB) 1,1518 2.94%

Travis County says results will be presented to the County Commissioners Court for final canvass on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

music and arts
4:47 pm
Mon November 8, 2010

Report: SXSW 2010 Pumped $113 Million into Austin Economy

A Japanese band called Geeks puts up a poster during SXSW 2010. A study today says the festival generated $113 million in spending for the Austin economy.
Photo courtesy JTImages http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmtimages/

South by Southwest's 2010 conference injected $113 million dollars into the city's economy, mainly from people who traveled to Austin to attend. That's according to a new economic report from GreyHill Advisors, whom SXSW commissioned to conduct the study.

You can read a five page executive summary of the report on GreyHill's website. Here are some highlights:

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politics
4:10 pm
Mon November 8, 2010

Bill Would Make "Sexting" By Minors a Misdemeanor

A new proposal would allow teens caught sending sexually explicit images on their cell phones to avoid child porn charges.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and State Senator Kirk Watson of Austin are proposing an initiative to help curb "sexting" in Texas. Sexting is a relatively recent phenomenon where teenagers exchange sexually explicit text messages or images.

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politics
3:36 pm
Mon November 8, 2010

Texas Lawmaker Files "Arizona Style" Immigration Bill

State Rep. Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball) filed a bill today that, if adopted, would see Texas implement a similar immigration law to Arizona's.
Image courtesy Debbie Riddle Campaign

Today was the first day to file bills for the 2011 legislative session and State Representative Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball) slept on the floor outside the Chief Clerk's office for two days to ensure she would be first in line.

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music and arts
2:38 pm
Mon November 8, 2010

Austin City Limits' Final Taping in Studio 6A Tonight

Lyle Lovett and Terry Lickona talk at KLRU studios before tonight's final taping of ACL in Studio 6A. ACL will resume tapings in February at the Moody Theater in downtown Austin.
Photo by David Brown for KUT News

Austin City Limits, the legendary live music TV show, has taped in the same building as KUT for the past 36 years, on the sixth floor of Building B in the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center at the University of Texas.

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education
1:33 pm
Mon November 8, 2010

Austin School Board to Hear That Few Want Schools Closed

The Austin ISD's Carruth Administration Center will host a school board meeting tonight during which trustees will be told that community input sessions yeilded little support for closing schools to deal with under crowding.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

When the Austin Independent School District constructs a school, it doesn't always know how many children that building will have to serve in ten, twenty, or thirty years' time.

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city of austin
12:12 pm
Mon November 8, 2010

Candidate Drops Out of Race for City Animal Shelter Boss

Just hours before a public meet-and-greet scheduled for this evening, the City of Austin announced one of the five candidates for Chief Animal Services Officer has dropped out of the race.

City spokesperson Patricia Fraga told KUT News that Abigail Smith withdrew her name for "personal reasons." As executive director of a "No Kill" shelter in Ithaca, New York, Smith was a favorite of some "No Kill" advocates.

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parks and recreation
11:19 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Trail Of Lights May Be Gone But Zilker Tree Will Stay

Austin Energy says it will keep the Zilker Tree this Christmas, even though the Trail of Lights was eliminated to save money.
Image courtesy Jen W. http://www.flickr.com/photos/atxjen/

Austin City Council announced in September it was axing the Trail of Lights because of budget constraints. It saved the city $400,000 that will be spent on park maintenance.

But this morning, Austin Energy announced it was keeping one local holiday tradition. The Zilker Tree will be set up tomorrow.

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2010 midterm elections
12:56 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Perry Wins, Austin-Area Democrats Take Beating

Governor Rick Perry celebrates an election night victory at the GOP watch party in Buda.
Photo by Chris Kosho for KUT News

Republican Governor Rick Perry easily defeated Democratic challenger Bill White last night. With 8,447 of 8,461 precincts reporting, Perry carried 55.03 percent of the vote to White's 42.21 percent.  It puts Perry in the historic position to become the first Texas governor ever to serve three full terms in office.

White did win the Travis County vote. The former-Houston mayor carried 59.8 percent of the vote in Austin, while Perry nabbed just 36.8 percent.

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2010 midterm elections
12:27 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Races The AP Has Called

The Associated Press is calling races across the state.

Here are the winners they've declared:

Statewide Texas Races

Rick Perry, GOP, elected Governor

David Dewhurst, GOP, elected Lieutenant Governor

Greg Abbott, GOP, elected Attorney General

Susan Combs, GOP, elected Comptroller

Todd Staples, GOP, elected Agriculture Commissioner

Jerry Patterson, GOP, elected Land Commissioner

David Porter, GOP, elected Railroad Commissioner

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2010 midterm elections
11:34 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Latino Political Consultant Analyzes Hispanic Influence on Vote

Governor Rick Perry claimed victory Tuesday in his bid for a third full term as governor. One political consultant says Perry succeeded at selling his meesage to Hispanics.
Photo by Chris Kosho for KUT News

Frank Santos is a political and public relations strategist based in Austin, Texas. He spoke to KUT News by telephone to give his take on the role of Latinos on the 2010 midterm election. 

KUT News: What are you reading from these results?

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2010 midterm elections
10:27 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Donna Howard Blames National Mood for Tight Race

HD48 Democratic incumbent Donna Howard at the Driskill Hotel
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

Democratic State House incumbent Donna Howard is currently in a neck-and-neck race with her Republican challenger Dan Neil.  With 10 of 39 pecincts reporting, Howard is leading in District 48 by one percentage point. She gave her reaction to KUT News at the Democratic watch party underway at the Driskill Hotel.

KUT News: Your reaction to the results so far?

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2010 midterm elections
9:40 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Election Night 2010: Results Pouring In

Susanne Whatley at Travis County Democratic Watch Party at the Driskill Hotel
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News
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2010 midterm elections
9:39 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Dewhurst Claims Victory

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst speaking at the Texas GOP election night party in Buda.
Photo by Chris Kosho for KUT News

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has delivered his victory speech already at the Republican night watch party in Buda. With 2,844 of 8,461 precincts reporting, Dewhurst led his Democratic challenger Linda Chavez-Thompson 64 percent to 33 percent. 

From the Dewhurst campaign:

Lt. Governor Dewhurst Wins Re-Election

 

AUSTIN, TX– Tonight, Republican David Dewhurst released the following statement after winning re-election to a third term as Texas Lt. Governor:

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2010 midterm elections
9:26 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Mayor Leffingwell: "Victory at Hand" on Mobility Bond

Proponents of a $90 million dollar bond to fund local transportation are already celebrating over early voting totals that give them a 10 percentage point advantage, 55 points to 45.

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell tells KUT's Mose Buchele that it's "safe to say victory is at hand" on Proposition 1.

Mose says the mood was jubilant at the Shoal Creek Saloon, where the mayor and other supporters were gathered.

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