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
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.

2010 midterm elections
4:55 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

PolitiFact Texas: Two Hours Left to Vote, Quick See Who's Lying!

We were messing around on this new news blog of ours when the Statesman's Gardner Selby shot us an email to let us know we can embed their fact checking widget. Gardner is the editor of PolitiFact Texas and often participates in KUT's weekly political podcast.

Here's a look at some campaign claims held up to the blistering light of journalistic fact checking. 

2010 midterm elections
4:45 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Activists Diss Voting Machines, Call For Paper Ballots

eSlate voting machines are used throughout Texas, but one group would like to revert to hand-counted, paper ballots.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Vote Rescue is a non-partisan group urging Travis County to eschew eSlate voting machines in favor of old fashioned, hand-counted, paper ballots. Their main gripe is that the eSlate machines tabulate votes electronically, out of the view of the public eye.

"They are not accurate because the count is done secretly inside of the machine, so there is no way to know if they are [fair]," Vote Rescue's Karen Renick told us last month.

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