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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Austin
4:21 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Don't Panic Tomorrow If You See Cops Swarming Decker Creek Power Plant

A heavy police presence is expected tomorrow for an emergency exercise at Decker Power Station.
Photo by Caleb Bryant Miller for KUT News

An emergency drill involving a "hypothetical security issue" is scheduled for tomorrow at the Decker Creek Power Station in northeast Austin. Passers-by can expect to see fire trucks, ambulances, cop cars, even a bomb squad vehicle.  Do not panic, it is only a test.

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Education
1:43 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Austin School Board Declares Financial Exigency

AISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen and school board president Mark Williams during school board meeting Monday night.
Image by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

After a marathon board meeting, Austin School Trustees voted in the wee morning hours to declare the district to be in a state of financial exigency. The declaration will give Superintendent Meria Carstarphen more power to reduce AISD's projected budget deficit of $94 million.

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news roundup
11:43 am
Sun February 27, 2011

Sunday News Roundup for February 27, 2010

Image courtesy evmaiden http://www.flickr.com/photos/44551921@N04/

Weekend traffic felt more like rush hour for many people who had to drive through South Austin on Saturday.  The Texas Department of Transportation closed I-35 at Ben White to work on completing an interchange.  KVUE reports this morning that everything has now been reopened. 

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Education
11:28 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Austin School Trustees To Vote Monday On Financial Exigency

AISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen appears in a YouTube video posted by the district this week explaining the dire budget situation.

Austin school board members will be asked to vote Monday night on a resolution that would declare the district to be in a state of "financial exigency", or "financial emergency" in common English. Such a move would grant more flexible staffing powers to Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, who has proposed laying off more than 1,000 people to help close the school district's budget deficit, currently estimated to be in the neighborhood of $94 million.

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Austin
3:21 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Echelon Building 1: One Year After The 2010 Attack

It was one year ago today that Joseph Stack flew a single-engine plane into Echelon Building 1 in North Austin. The attack killed one man, in addition to Stack, and wounded many more. 

Ray Hubner works at the building right next door. He was there on the day of the attack.

"I think about it a lot, having the FBI in this building. I thought they were aiming for this building and missed. It was quite a day," Hubner said as he smoked a cigarette outside during a work break. 

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Education
9:43 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Official Says 2,500 UT-Austin Students Could Be Affected By Financial Aid Cuts

House lawmakers are hearing from higher education leaders this morning.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Financial aid for graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin could be slashed because of state cuts to higher education, UT Austin's chief academic officer Steven Leslie testified this morning.

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Education
3:04 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Data App: Visual Breakdown Of AISD's Proposed 1,012 Job Cuts

Check out our data app below to see where Austin ISD plans to reduce its workforce.

Austin school district employees who may lose their jobs next school year will be notified by the end of today. A proposal by Superintendent Meria Carstarphen would eliminate 1,012 positions for an annual savings of $53.6 million.

The list of job cuts released by the district is difficult to read, so we have attempted to clarify what Carstarphen is proposing with this data app.  Click on "High School", "Middle School", "Elementary School", etc to see a breakdown by campus or department in the second box. This is an early attempt of ours to develop a data app, so please offer us your feedback in the comments.  

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Lance Armstrong
9:18 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Lance Armstrong Retiring

Lance Armstrong greets cancer survivor Marie McKinney. Armstrong says he is leaving profesionnal cycling to continue his efforts to promote cancer research and raise awareness about the disease.
Image courtesy Lance Armstrong Foundation

Austin cyclist and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong says he is retiring from professional cycling.  In a statement released this morning, Armstrong said he would use his time to promote cancer research and awareness through his Livestrong organization.

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Arts and Culture
5:29 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

City Council Members Want To Promote Austin's Cultural Exports

Shearwater performing live at a KUT event
Photo by KUT

The City of Austin could launch a "creative industries ambassador" program to promote the works of local musicians and artists outside the city, and further market Austin's brand as an artistic Mecca. Two city council members, Laura Morrison and Mike Martinez, held an afternoon press conference today to announce they are getting the ball rolling on the idea.

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Austin
12:28 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Local Eagle Scout Meets House Speaker John Boehner

Austin Eagle Scout Jonathan Hillis was among a group of Boy Scouts from across the country who met House Speaker John Boehner this morning.

A delegation of nine Boy Scouts from across America delivered their annual Report to the Nation to House Speaker John Boehner this morning. Austin Eagle Scout Jonathan Hillis was among them.  

Hillis is shown in the picture above. He's directly to the right of Speaker Boehner.

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Education
11:49 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Austin Community College Sets New Enrollment Record Of 45,000

Austin Community College's Rio Grande campus downtown. ACC reports record enrollment this spring semester
Image courtesy http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:WhisperToMe

Enrollment growth at Austin Community College's spring semester grew by ten percent, according to ACC, setting a new enrollment record of 45,056. The college says most of the growth came from people aged 25 and older.

Hispanic enrollment at ACC increased sixteen percent to almost 12,000. African-American enrollment was up seven percent to just under 4,000.

ACC president and CEO Stephen Kinslow is using the announcement to make a point about proposed state funding cuts to community colleges.

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Education
4:38 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Austin ISD Superintendent Carstarphen Proposes More Than 1,000 Job Cuts

AISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen (file photo) is proposing the elimination of over 1,000 district jobs. Photo by KUT News.

 

Grappling with a budget deficit currently projected at $114 million, Austin Independent School District Superintendent Meria Carstarphen will recommend school trustees eliminate 1,017 of its almost 12,000 positions.

Carstarphen was absent from an afternoon news conference to announce the proposal, because she was in New York City, according to district officials.  AISD human resources official Michael Houser spoke to the media in her absence.

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BREAKING
4:23 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Mubarak Steps Down: Where To Watch The Egypt Uprising Online

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down, according to NPR and many other news agencies.

KUT is providing NPR's live coverage on 90.5 FM and through our online stream.

Here are other resources to follow the news from Egypt.

PBS Newshour is providing the video feed above.

NPR is live blogging the event.

BBC is providing live video and simultaneously live blogging.

CBC is providing a live video feed from Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Al Jazeera English has live video from its team of reporters in Egypt.

CNN has live video.

The UK's Guardian Newspaper is live blogging and providing a video stream.

Twitter feed of the #egypt hashtag and the #cairo hashtag

Education
12:02 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Read Preliminary Draft Of Austin ISD Facility Master Plan Task Force Report

An Austin school district task force will submit a draft report to school board members Monday. The report looks at how the district could use facilities more efficiently, and raises it includes the option of school closures Read the 320-page report for yourself below. You can also view fullscreen or download on this page (look for the Download button).

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