BJ Austin


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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The new Parkland Hospital in Dallas opens in August.  The $1.3 billion complex promises high-tech care inspired in part by Disney.

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Update, 5:06 p.m. Thursday: Schools are starting to announce they will be open Friday. Fort Worth ISD says it will be open tomorrow.

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Update, Saturday night: Organizers have canceled Sunday's Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth due to the recent blast of winter weather. The half-marathon is still on -- it starts at 8 a.m. Sunday. 

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The top stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: One to four inches of snow across Dallas-Fort Worth caused flight cancelations and delays. One UNT student trying to catch a flight finally gave up and drove home.

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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. 

Recap: State Of The State 2015

Feb 17, 2015
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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In Dallas, officials at Parkland Hospital have announced a breakthrough.  The big news is financial, not medical.


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