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
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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Animals
2:09 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Arlington Police Officer Saves The Same Pit Bull Twice

Arlington police Sgt. Gary Carter with Jeffrey, a pit bull he's saved twice this summer.
Arlington Police Department

Last month’s Facebook posting of Arlington Police Sgt. Gary Carter’s gentle handling of a pit bull on the loose went viral and has had more than 12 million views. Now, Sgt. Carter has saved the same pit bull again.

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Texas News
1:39 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Texas Confirms First Human Case Of Chikungunya, A Mosquito-Borne Illness

The Aedes mosquito carries chikungunya.
Credit mrfiza/Shutterstock

State health officials have confirmed the first human case of chikungunya in Texas.

It’s a mosquito-borne illness that can cause very severe joint pain, a rash, and high fever. But it’s rarely fatal.

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Texas News
4:15 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

A Year After A Deadly Tornado Ripped Through Granbury, The Rebuilding Continues

A year ago Thursday, the most powerful North Texas tornado in two decades ripped through Granbury, southwest of Fort Worth.
BJ Austin KERA News

A year ago Thursday, the most powerful North Texas tornado in two decades ripped through Granbury, southwest of Fort Worth.  It devastated one neighborhood in particular: Rancho Brazos. Six people were killed and several dozen were injured. A year later, the rebuilding continues.

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Earthquakes
6:17 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

As Azle Residents Sound Off About Earthquakes Tonight, More Tremors Reported

Critics of gas drilling will hold a public meeting in Azle Monday night.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Critics of gas drilling will hold a public meeting in Azle Monday night.

The meeting comes as more earthquakes continue to rock the area northwest of Fort Worth. A 2.2-magnitude quake struck near Azle on Saturday. And yet another earthquake hit near Azle Monday morning, registering 3.1.

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