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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2010 midterm elections
5:06 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

How to Use an eSlate Voting Machine

The eSlate voting machine depicted in these new "I Voted" stickers is used across Travis County and other parts of Texas.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

In case you're new to the eSlate voting machines used in Travis County and other parts of Texas, here's an instructional video courtesy of San Mateo County in California. The only big difference is that we don't have the paper backup that they do. 

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2010 midterm elections
4:38 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

What Do Early Voting Numbers Say About Election Outcome?

Early turnout in Travis County this year looks similar to 2006, according to one Democratic strategist.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

As Austinites head to the polls tomorrow, political campaigns around the county are already handicapping the election, based on turnout for early voting.  KUT News spoke with Democratic political consultant Mark Littlefield to learn about his analysis of early voting trends in Travis County.

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crime
4:11 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

APD Probe Murder in Southeast Austin

Austin police are investigating the city's 30th murder of the year, a stabbing on the East Side.
Image courtesy APD

Austin police are dealing with their 30th homicide case of the year. This time last year, there had been 19 recorded murders in Austin.

Someone called police at 10:11 p.m. yesterday to report two men fighting at Pleasant Valley Road and East Riverside Drive. By the time officers arrived, they found a 50-year-old man in the street bleeding from a stab wound. He was rushed to Brackenridge Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police got a description of the alleged attacker from witnesses and arrested him a short while later. Charges are pending.

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education
3:46 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

Google Map of Campus Shootings

An Austin police officer patrols the University of Texas campus after student Colton Tooley shot himself with an AK-47.
Image by Caleb Bryant Miller for KUT News

Our friends at Reporting Texas, an internet news site edited by journalism graduate students at the University of Texas, just put together this interactive Google Map of college shootings across America.  It seems particularly timely, given that it's been a little over a month since 19-year-old Colton Tooley brought his AK-47 to the UT-Austin campus.

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2010 midterm elections
3:10 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

Perhaps the Biggest Election Issue Not Being Talked About

Hard cash will be in short supply next legislative session, if the state comptroller's estimates hold true. But the issue hasn't received much attention from candidates on the campaign trail.
Tracy Olson/Flickr flickr.com/tracy_olson/

Texas is staring down the barrel of a budget shortfall that could reach $25 billion or higher. It's a staggering figure, considering that California was practically brought to its knees over a $20 billion budget deficit. That was in a state that spends twice as much as Texas.

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art
1:20 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

Photographer Says State Stole His Art for Inspection Sticker

Photographer David K. Langford says his photograph (pictured right) was inadvertently stolen by the Texas Department of Public Safety for a vehicle inspection sticker (left).
Images provided by David K. Langford and Texas DPS.

A photographer from Boerne, a town of 10,000 about 90 miles southwest of Austin, is suing the Texas Department of Public Safety over the art used on more than 4 million inspection stickers.  David K.

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entertainment
12:30 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

Halloween Post-Mortem

Thousands of people poured downtown on Saturday and Sunday nights to celebrate Halloween, including this man, who dressed up as Ronald McDonald.
Image courtesy Flickr user efohbe http://www.flickr.com/photos/49031772@N04/

Sixth Street was packed to the gills both Saturday and  Sunday night as costumed  revelers turned out in droves to celebrate Halloween. Flickr users efohbe and EgOiStE were among those out snapping dozens of pictures.  KVUE says "tens of thousands" showed up last night.

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education
11:35 am
Mon November 1, 2010

Eastside Memorial Teachers Organize Against Principal

An empty hallway at Eastside Memorial High. Teachers in the Global Tech High on the campus have filed a group grievance against their principal.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Austin School Trustees are holding a special meeting tonight to discuss a personnel matter that pits some teachers at Eastside Global Tech High against the school's principal.

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local media
11:29 am
Mon November 1, 2010

FCC Busts Austin Pirate Radio Station

Unlicensed local radio station KAOS was shut down last week by the FCC.

Federal Communications Commission agents descended on Austin pirate radio station KAOS FM last week. You can watch a video of the bust on KAOS's website.

In the video, FCC agent Stephen Lee tells the operator of KAOS that he would be let off with a warning if he complies with the request to shut down the pirate radio station.

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education
4:27 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

UT Breaks Ground on New Computer Science Building

UT-Austin broke ground today on a new $130 million complex for the computer science department.
Image courtesy University of Texas

Students and faculty in UT's computer science program are currently spread across seven different buildings. That will all change in 18 to 24 months when the new Bill and Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex opens.

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film
3:16 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

The Strange Demise of Jim Crow

The film producer of The Strange Demise of Jim Crow will be at the Carver Museum tonight to screen the documentary and talk about integration in Texas.
Screen capture from The Strange Demise of Jim Crow

Texas' shameful, racist past might seem like ancient history to some people, but it was only a generation ago that it was illegal for a white person to marry an African-American.

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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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