BJ Austin

Reporter

BJ Austin has more than 25 years of broadcast journalism experience, anchoring and reporting in Atlanta, New York, New Orleans and Dallas. Along the way, she covered Atlanta City Hall, the Georgia Legislature and the corruption trials of Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards.

At KERA, BJ was runner-up for Texas Health Journalist of the Year in the 2013 Anson Jones, M.D., Awards from the Texas Medical Association. She earned a 2009 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters honorable mention for best specialty/beat reporting and a 2010 honorable mention for best general-assignment story for "Zoo Poo." She has also shared several awards, including a a 2010 TAPB first-place trophy for KERA’s radio series "Living with the Trinity: Thirsty"; a 2009 TAPB second-place honor for best continuing coverage for "Family Values: What Voters Want"; and a 2010 regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association for "The Economy Project."

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Texas News
5:14 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Community Group Files Civil Rights Complaint Against Dallas Police

A civil rights complaint against the city of Dallas and the Police Department asks that all federal funding for police be withheld until policies and procedures surrounding officer involved shootings of minorities are addressed.
Neff Conner, flickr.com

A federal civil rights complaint was filed Thursday against the city of Dallas and the Dallas Police Department.  The group Dallas Communities Organizing for Change wants the Justice Department to investigate use of excessive force by Dallas police officers.

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Texas News
4:20 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Dallas Mayor Wants To Reinvent The Controversial Trinity Parkway

Protesters in seasonal dress call the proposed Trinity toll road a turkey of a project. They were stationed outside the mayor's announcement that a team of outside engineers and urban planners would re-imagine the design of the proposed Trinity Parkway.
BJ Austin

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings made a "come together’" plea Wednesday morning regarding the Trinity Parkway.

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Sports
6:41 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Dallas Becoming A College Hoops Town

Shutterstock

Another big score for North Texas and college basketball.  Six months after Arlington hosted the NCAA Men’s Final Four, the city of Dallas landed the Women’s championship for 2017. It’s part of a plan to make Dallas a go-to destination for college hoops.

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Texas News
6:43 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Design Summit Called To Revive Trinity Parkway Project

Rendering of Trinity Parkway
Trinity Corridor Project dallascityhall.com

After another setback last week, the plan to build a toll road inside the Trinity River levees could be in for a makeover. The Regional Transportation Council refused to ask lawmakers to fund the nine-mile stretch past downtown Dallas. And now Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings hopes to win over toll road opponents by unveiling a new Trinity Parkway design summit. 

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Texas News
10:14 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

At Dallas Love Field, Goodbye Wright Amendment; Hello Nonstop Flights

At Dallas Love Field, you are now free to move about the country non-stop on Southwest Airlines and Virgin America.
BJ Austin KERA News

At Dallas Love Field, starting Monday, you are now free to move about the country nonstop on Southwest Airlines and Virgin America. The Wright Amendment flight restrictions are expiring. 

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Red River Showdown
11:44 am
Sat October 11, 2014

It's Texas-OU Weekend: Longhorns And Sooners Invade Dallas

The Cotton Bowl at Dallas Fair Park is dressed up and ready for the annual Texas-OU football game.
BJ Austin

It’s Texas-OU weekend in Dallas. That means a flood of burnt orange and crimson rolling into downtown tonight.  

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Texas News
6:53 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

State Lawmakers Seek Ebola Case Answers

State senate committee holds Ebola hearings
NIAID Flickr

State lawmakers today demanded details about how the first U.S. diagnosed case of Ebola has been handled. The CDC is working on new screening procedures for air travelers.

Meanwhile, Ebola patient remains in critical condition at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. He’s on a ventilator and is undergoing kidney dialysis.

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Texas News
5:22 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

SCOTUS Sets Stage For Same-Sex Wedding Bells, But They Aren’t Ringing In Texas

JoshuaMHoover Flickr

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it would not weigh in on gay marriage appeals in five states. That means same-sex weddings could soon take place in those states, including Oklahoma. Monday's court action could have an impact in Texas, where a judge’s order striking down the gay marriage ban is on appeal. 

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Texas News
3:05 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

In Dallas, Poverty Has Skyrocketed Over The Past Decade

The Dallas mayor's annual Back to School Fair offers free school supplies, as well as health, vision and dental screenings.
Twitter/Mayor Mike Rawlings (@ Mike_Rawlings)

Dallas’ poor population has exploded.

From 2000 to 2012, the number of poor people in Dallas rose by 41 percent. That far outweighs the city's overall 5 percent population growth during the same period.

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Transportation
10:27 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

More Toll Lanes To Open Along I-35E This Weekend

The I-35E/Loop 12 elevated interchange under construction.
The LBJ Express Project Texas Department of Transportation

A new stretch of TEXpress toll lanes will open Saturday on I-35E. It’s the second segment of so-called managed lanes in the $2.7 billion LBJ Express Project

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