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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security
2:06 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

All is Cool at Austin Airport Despite Security Panic Elsewhere

No heightened security at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, despite security concerns elsewhere in the US.
Image courtesy Dave Wilson http://www.flickr.com/photos/dawilson/

President Obama is scheduled to speak at 3:15 pm CST today about a potential terrorism plot being investigated on three continents. The scare involves suspicious packages shipped on cargo planes from Yemen to the United States, reports Philadelphia's ABC affiliate WPVI.

The investigation included two planes at Philadelphia International Airport. Officials tell Action News that a total of six packages were removed from the planes there.
 

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entertainment
12:49 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

How To Have a Happy Halloween in Austin

Throngs of costumed revelers will flood 6th street this weekend, like these guys did last year.
Image courtesy Chris Blackmor http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblackmor/

Two days left until kids will be knocking at your door requesting candy in exchange for not "tricking" your house with toilet paper. But the parties aren't waiting till Sunday. They start tonight and last all weekend.

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transportation
11:23 am
Fri October 29, 2010

City Council Inks Deal to Add Ten Miles of Bike Lanes

Austin City Council approved a deal with the Texas Department of Transportation yesterday that will build 10 miles of bike lanes in Austin.
Photo by Katie Hayes for KUT News

Bicycle enthusiasts are reacting with glee to an Austin City Council vote yesterday that approved a deal to build ten miles of bike lanes in Austin.

The deal between the city and the Texas Department of Transportation will see the two split the bill for $1.1 million. TxDOT's share of the cash is coming from the federal government's Transportation Enhancement Program.

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2010 midterm elections
10:57 am
Fri October 29, 2010

How to Make a Quick $140: Be an Election Worker for a Day

The Travis County Clerk's office is looking to hire 100 people to staff the polls on Election Day.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

The Travis County Clerk says she's looking to hire dozens of people for Election Day.

“We have a critical need for about 100 election workers,” Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said in a media release. “We’ve recruited quite a few precinct judges who are new to the process, and they need help finding clerks to work with them.”

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texas
4:47 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Gunman Scare at Texas A&M Over "Replica Rifle"

A scare at Texas A&M University this afternoon after a bus driver called police and reported what he thought was a gunman carrying an AK-47-like weapon.

A&M campus police issued an alert and instructed students to "shelter in place". Uncertainty swirled for about an hour, as police searched for the reported 'gunman'. Adding to the concern was the scheduled ribbon cutting involving Fmr. President Bush Sr., his wife and daughter-in-law.

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2010 midterm elections
3:53 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Deciphering Political Polls is Tricky Business

Photo illustration by Nathan Benrier

It's a secret trick of the news business. Nothing interesting to report during an election campaign? Commission a poll! Congratulations, you just bought yourself a front page story.

Polls can have news value: they help voters understand trends and feel the direction of political winds, but not all polls are created equally, even if the media tends to report on them as if they were.

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE
2:28 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Death Row Inmate Freed After 18 Years Behind Bars

Anthony Graves was released from jail Wednesday after nearly two decades behind bars. All murder charges against him were dropped.
Photo courtesy Texas Monthly

The Burleson County District Attorney has dropped murder charges against Anthony Graves. Graves had been behind bars for nearly two decades for the murders of six people in 1992 in Somerville, TX, a small town of about 2,000 just an hour-and-a-half east of Austin.

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parks and recreation
2:13 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Woman Given Lifetime Pass to Barton Springs Pool

82-year-old Patty Curtis was granted lifetime access to Barton Springs Pool today by Austin City Council.
flickr.com/photos/rutlo/

Austin City Council granted a rare privilege today to an 82-year-old Austin woman: a lifetime pass to Barton Springs Pool.

Patty Curtis started swimming at the pool in 1975 when she was 46-years-old.

food
1:37 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Vince Young's Steakhouse To Open in November

NFL quarterback Vince Young is opening a steakhouse in Austin next month.
Photo courtesy Rex Hammock http://www.flickr.com/people/rexblog/

We already knew that former Texas Longhorns hero and current Tennesse Titans quarterback Vince Young had planned to open a steakhouse at 3rd and San Jacinto.   Now we know when. The Statesman reports:

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2010 midterm elections
12:24 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Austin Chronicle Announces Candidate Endorsements

When a newspaper endorses a candidate, does anybody care? It's a question that arises frequently in newsrooms around election time.

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high-speed rail
11:26 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Texas Scores $5 million for High-Speed Rail Study

The federal government awarded Texas a $5.6 million grant to study a high-speed rail system that would flow through this corridor. Full map below.
Images courtesy Texas Department of Transportation

We are still years, perhaps even decades away from being able to hop on a high-speed train and travel to Dallas in less time than it takes to read the A Section of the New York Times.

But today, the Texas Department of Transportation says we are one baby-step closer to that possibility because of a chunk of cash the state was awarded in the latest round of US Department of Transportation high-speed rail grants.  

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AUSTIN POLICE
4:27 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

APD Cop Fired for Second Time Over Domestic Dispute Allegations

APD officer Leonardo Quintana was fired today for the second time in five months.

Austin Police Officer Leonardo Quintana was fired for a second time today, less than a week after an arbitrator reinstated him to the force.

The "indefinite suspension" - a bureaucratic formality that amounts to being fired - stems from an alleged domestic dispute at Quintana's home in Leander. Quintana didn't inform his supervisors that he was involved in an incident that required a police response.

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Austin Police
2:01 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

APD Cop Faces Firing Over Domestic Dispute

Update 4:52 pm: Quintana was dismissed again. Details here.

Earlier: Austin Police officer Leonard Quintana finds himself on the hot seat once again today. He's facing a disciplinary hearing that started at 1 p.m. and could result in him being fired from the force for a second time.

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politics
12:07 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

South Texas Lawmaker Found Guilty on 6 Felony Counts

A South Texas lawmaker has been found guilty of multiple crimes in a case involving allegations that he sold access to the legislature.  The Austin American-Statesman reports the jury returned a verdict this morning for State Rep. Kino Flores (D-Mission).

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recreation
11:40 am
Wed October 27, 2010

Overnight Camping Banned on Corpus Christi Beach

Overnight camping on Corpus Christi Beach has been banned by the City Council there in an effort to reduce crime.
Photo courtesy Justin Wright http://www.flickr.com/photos/justinwright

Looking to go camping on the Gulf Coast in Corpus? Bummer alert: Corpus Christi City Council has instituted a curfew on Corpus Christi Beach between midnight and 5 p.m.

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kut
11:05 am
Wed October 27, 2010

Crews Make First Foundation Pour for New KUT Home

Crews making the first foundation pour for on the new University of Texas Belo Building, which will house KUT and unversity facilities.
Photo by Brian Urban for KUT

If you've driven past Dean Keaton and Guadalupe Streets recently, you may have noticed a new building going up in the northeast corner, on top of what used to be a parking lot.

That building will eventually house KUT, along with classrooms, labs and offices for the University of Texas College of Communication.  The photo-op ground breaking was held back in March, and progress appears to have been steady ever since.

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2010 midterm elections
5:10 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

State GOP Election Night Party to be Held In Buda

A zebra at Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Game Ranch, where the Texas Republican Party is holding its election night watch party.
Photo courtesy TDS website

The Texas Republican Party just revealed the location of its election night celebration: the Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Game Ranch. 

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Shuttle Remembered
4:20 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Images from Shuttle Columbia Debris Recovery

A piece of the Shuttle Columbia lies on the ground in East Texas after crashing to the earth in 2003.
Photo by Bob Daemmrich

KUT is in the middle of broadcasting a weeklong series about the US space shuttle program. NASA is retiring the shuttle in early 2011, and we are reporting on what the program has meant to Texas and what its cancellation will mean for our future.

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photography
3:23 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

5 Cool Time Lapse Videos of Austin

Still from time lapse by KUT photography intern Chris Kosho

KUT photo intern Chris Kosho made this cool time lapse video of Lady Bird Lake, but he is certainly not the first person to highlight Austin's beauty using the videographic technique. Here are five cool time lapse videos of the ATX worth checking out.

POLITICS
2:48 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Tom DeLay Jury Selection: Day One

Tom DeLay is the former Congressman from Sugar Land, TX who is in Austin for his trial on money laundering and conspiracy charges.
Image courtesy United States Congress

Local media is swarming around the Travis County Criminal Justice Complex this afternoon for the first day of jury selection in Tom DeLay's trial on money laundering and conspiracy charges. DeLay is the former-Republican House Majority Leader who is accused of conspiring to launder $190,000 in corporate cash to political campaigns. DeLay insists he's innocent.

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