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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EDUCATION
4:17 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

Bastrop Man Alleges Racial Bias at School District, BISD Denies

Bastrop ISD is engaged in "potential discriminatory hiring" according to a man organizing a rally on Saturday, a charge the school district denies.
Image courtesy Bastrop ISD website

A Bastrop man is planning a rally and prayer service this Saturday to bring attention to what he says is "potential discriminatory hiring and unethical employment standards" at Bastrop ISD.

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sports
3:41 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

Austin Aztex Going To Florida

The Austin Aztex soccer team is relocating to Florida under terms of a deal with a UK-based consortium to acquire the team.

Only two years after it was founded, the Austin Aztex soccer team is leaving Central Texas for the Sunshine State. Aztex president Phil Rawlins confirmed the move in a news released posted today on the team's website.

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texas music history
3:07 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

Historic Central Texas Dancehall Destroyed by Fire

Club 21 Dancehall called itself the oldest continuously operated dancehall in Texas. It was destroyed by fire and the owner says they won't rebuild.

Central Texas’ historic Club 21 Dancehall is no more.  It burned down in a fire over the weekend. 

Club 21 was a popular spot off Highway 21 in Uhland, east of Kyle.  The owners claim it was the “oldest continuously operated country dance hall in Texas.”  KUT News spoke to Gary Hartman about the history of Club 21.  Hartman is the Director of the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University.

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development
12:37 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

Once Controversial Wal-Mart Opens Wednesday in North Austin

The new Wal-Mart in north Austin will fall under the "Neighborhood Market" brand, similar to this location in Louisville, KY.
Image courtesy Alex Leung. http://www.flickr.com/people/sixsteps/

A proposed Wal-Mart that was fiercely opposed by neighborhood groups in North Austin will open on Wednesday.  But the store has been sharply scaled down from the original 225,000 square foot plan.

The original plans also called for the construction of a 300,000 square foot parking garage, and would have seen the store operate 24/7.

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weather
10:23 am
Mon October 25, 2010

5 Homemade Videos of Tornadoes in Northeast Texas

Tornadoes touched down near Dallas over the weekend, according to the Dallas Morning News and the AP.

A tornado is believed to have touched down in Rice, near Interstate 45, about 45 miles south of Dallas.

The weather service also believes a second tornado hit near the Hunt County city of Lone Oak, about 60 miles northeast of Dallas near Lake Tawakoni.

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news brief
10:38 am
Sun October 24, 2010

Sunday News Roundup

Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi was in Austin yesterday for a human rights event. She was the reporter imprisoned in Iran on charges of espionage. KUT’s Erika Aguilar managed to score an interview with Saberi. You can hear it here.

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news brief
8:38 am
Fri October 22, 2010

Morning News Roundup, Friday Oct. 22

Early Voting Turnout High

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Austin police
10:46 am
Thu October 21, 2010

Fired APD Cop Gets Job Back

Update 10:58 am: KUT has confirmed that Austin Police Officer Leonardo Quintana will return to work.

An independent arbitrator decided Quintana should not have been fired for a DWI arrest.

A spokeswoman with the City of Austin says Quintana’s firing has been reduced to a 15 day suspension.

Update 12:30 pm: The Austin Police Department just issued this statement expressing dismay at Quintana's reinstatement.

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podcast
8:52 am
Thu October 21, 2010

The Texas Tribune Weekly TribCast: Ep 51

In this week's Tribcast, KUT's Ben Philpott, and the Texas Tribune's Evan Smith, Ross Ramsey and Elise Hu discuss early voting trends, the Perry/White interviews, third party candidates for governor and the youth vote.

 

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news brief
8:41 am
Thu October 21, 2010

Morning News Roundup

The Fort Hood trial of Major Nidal Hasan continues today. Hasan is accused of murdering 12 army personnel and one civilian in a shooting rampage last November.
KUT News

A roundup of some of the stories worth checking out this morning.

Fort Hood Testimony Continues

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homelessness
12:26 pm
Wed October 20, 2010

Update: APD Cop Backs Away From Statement on Homeless

An APD officer who said, "We're gonna chase them out of town," in reference to homeless people is now backing off his remarks in an interview with KUT News.

"I don't want to say it was totally taken out of context," Christ told KUT. "I said, 'We can't chase them out of town, but we may be able to chase them out of a particular neighborhood.'"

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homelessness
11:22 am
Wed October 20, 2010

APD Cop on Homeless: "We're gonna chase them out of town."

An unidentified homeless person sits on Guadalupe Street in Austin.
Photo by Erik Reyna for KUT News

Homeless advocates are reeling this morning after comments made by an APD police officer to KVUE TV.  TV cameras followed APD officers as they shut down a homeless camp near Ben White and South Congress.  Police told KVUE that they were acting on complaints from local businesses.

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don't ask don't tell
4:55 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Gay Advocate Says "Don't Tell" Despite Pentagon Rule Change

An unidentified man at a Washington, DC rally in March 2010 calling on Congress to repeal "don't ask don't tell"
Image courtesy Flickr user M.V. Jantzen http://www.flickr.com/photos/mvjantzen

A Pentagon spokesperson is telling media that military recruiters can now accept openly gay and lesbian applicants. The order follows a ruling by a federal judge that struck down the military's "don't ask don't tell" rule. CNN talked to the spokesperson:

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local media
4:23 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Texas Tribune Joins Forces With New York Times

The articles you read on the Texas Tribune website will soon be found in the pages of America's most influential newspaper, the New York Times. (The Trib is a reporting partner with KUT and our own Ben Philpott spends close to half his time there.)

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EDUCATION
3:19 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Local Educators Respond To "Waiting For Superman"

Waiting For Superman

The latest documentary by the guy who made "An Inconvenient Truth" has been in theaters almost a month, but it is still sending reverberations throughout the local education community. The reaction has been most defensive among proponents of traditional public schools, which the filmmaker skewers.

"Waiting for Superman" follows several children, mostly in urban school districts, who are not getting the education they need and are trying to enroll in charter schools.

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education
11:02 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Study Says Teacher Quality Lacks in Poor Neighborhoods

The Statesman's front page story this morning made quite a splash by contributing to a recurring narrative in Austin life: People on the East Side lack not only equality of condition, but equality of opportunity as well.

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SPORTS
5:19 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Longhorns Official Denies "Accusation", Takes Leave of Absence

UT's associate athletic director for football operations Cleve Bryant, described as UT head football coach Mack Brown's right hand man, has taken a leave of absence while UT investigates "an accusation" made against him.
Photo courtesy UT Athletics. Used with permission.

University of Texas’ associate athletic director for football operations Cleve Bryant has taken a leave of absence while UT officials investigate what only being described as “an accusation” made against him.

UT Athletics confirms Bryant took an administrative leave of absence, but won’t say why.

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sustainability
4:08 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Dell Is Greenest Large Company in America Says Newsweek

Dell tops a Newsweek list ranking the "greenness" of the 500 largest companies in the US
Image courtesy Flickr user dontthinkfeel http://www.flickr.com/photos/dontthinkfeel/

Newsweek just released its second annual green ranking of America's 500 largest companies. Topping the list is Round Rock-based Dell, which employs about 16,000 people in Central Texas.

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2010 midterm elections
3:25 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Texas Land Commissioner Jokes About Shooting Opponent (Again)

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is a big advocate for gun rights (He helped write the state's concealed carry law.), and he likes to joke occasionally about "shooting" his political opponents.
Photo courtesy Jerry Patterson campaign website

Gun-toting incumbent land commish Jerry Patterson is once again having a laugh over the idea of shooting his political opponents.  This time, the target is Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner, Hank Gilbert.

Dallas Morning News reporter Christy Hoppe reports how Patterson "shoots from the lip."

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EDUCATION
2:30 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Local Math Whiz Visits White House

Dan Liu is a 16-year-old senior at Austin ISD's Liberal Arts and Science Academy at LBJ High School.  Yes, he's just 16 and going to graduate high school this Spring.  Liu and some of his friends at math camp won the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. It's a science competition for high school students.

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