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
7:21 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

From The Newsroom: North Texas On Ice, From Treacherous Driving To Sledding

Icy North Texas Freeways
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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: The winter storm that dropped an inch or two of ice on North Texas freeways and lawns prompted school and work cancelations or delays. Tuesday will be a repeat for some. Dallas Arlington and Denton schools are among those that will be closed again Tuesday. 

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Texas News
1:23 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Recap: State Of The State 2015

Gov. Greg Abbott gives his first State of the State address today in Austin.
Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott gave his first State of the State address at 11 a.m. today from the Capitol. The Texas governor discussed several agenda items including education, road improvements and border security, among others. 

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Texas News
6:41 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

'New' Parkland Hospital Hits Big Fundraising Goal

The Parkland Foundation, hospital officials and donors reach the New Parkland fundraising goal ahead of schdule thanks to 12,700 individual donors.
BJ Austin

In Dallas, officials at Parkland Hospital have announced a breakthrough.  The big news is financial, not medical.

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Mental Health
2:55 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Texas Lawmakers May Replace Longtime Mental Health Program

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State lawmakers are poised to consider scrapping the longtime pilot program NorthSTAR, which provides mental health care to lower income residents in seven North Texas counties.

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KERA Newsroom
6:43 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

From The Newsroom: Both Sides Of ‘Campus Carry,’ Endangered Artwork

This sign is posted outside a business in Harris County.
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The top local stories from the KERA Newsroom: Lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill that would allow college students to bring concealed handguns into their classrooms, cafeterias and dorms.

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KERA Newsroom
6:38 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

From The Newsroom: Red Light Camera Fight, Panic Attack Etiquette

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Residents in Arlington and a lawmaker from Bedford are winding up a one-two punch to knock-out red light cameras. 

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Business/Economy
10:41 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Downside Of Cheap Prices At The Gas Pump: Oil Field Layoffs

Rig workers and companies that service the oil field are seeing layoffs as oil drops below $50 a barrel and drillers cut back.
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Texas has diversified its economy since the last oil bust, but with prices now down nearly two-thirds from the all-time high, there could be a big financial impact in America’s biggest oil-producing state. The fallout is expected to be felt from the oil patch dinner table to the state capitol.

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Texas News
5:26 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Dallas Focuses on Earthquake Preparedness As Quakes Continue To Rumble

Most of the recent quakes were centered in the state highway 114/183 area, near the former Texas Stadium site.
Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram http://www.star-telegram.com/news/traffic/your-commute/article3847242.html

The cities of Dallas and Irving took a first step toward an earthquake task force Monday with an afternoon conference call that included experts from the US Geological Survey. Seventeen small quakes have hit the Irving area around state highways 114 and 183 in the past week. Several of them were big enough to startle neighbors in Dallas and elsewhere.

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Texas News
10:19 am
Mon January 12, 2015

As North Texas Quakes Continue, Experts Look For A Cause

The swirl of highways in Irving is the center of Irving's earthquake zone.
Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram http://www.star-telegram.com/news/traffic/your-commute/article3847242.html

Another small earthquake vibrated Irving Sunday night: a magnitude of 2.5 at 7:46 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. That makes 17 in the last week in North Texas, most of them around the old Texas Stadium site in Irving.  As the quakes continue, speculation circulates as to what's causing them.

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North Texas Earthquakes
10:42 am
Thu January 8, 2015

After Quakes, Inspecting Roads, Trains And Insurance Policies

DART officials say the Orange Line, which runs through Irving, did not suffer damage from this week's earthquakes in Irving.
DART

The shake, rattle and roll of a dozen earthquakes this week in Irving has highway crews checking bridges and homeowners inspecting homes. While there hasn’t been any significant damage to homes, some are wondering about earthquake insurance.

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