Kate McGee, KUT News

Kate is the education reporter at KUT, covering the Austin Independent School District, local public education, higher education, and some business and healthcare. Born in New York City and raised in Brooklyn and New Jersey, Kate got her public radio start at Fordham University's WFUV, where she is a proud graduate. Her voice has been heard on the East and West coasts as a reporter and producer for WNYC and KUNR in Reno, Nevada.

Kate has won two Gracie Allen awards and a national Society of Professional Journalists award. Her work has also appeared on NPR's Morning Edition.  In her spare time, Kate enjoys discovering new music, traveling and trying local beers. 

U.S. History
11:48 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Teaching 9/11 to Texas Students Who Don't Remember - Or Weren't Yet Born That Day

Maira Kalman

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 11:05 am

Remembering the events of September 11th is easy for most Americans. It's a fresh, sometimes painful memory for some. 

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Fort Hood
11:03 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Hasan Faces Lengthy Appeals Process Before Execution

Landov Landov

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 10:18 am

The jury in the court martial of Nidal Hasan sentenced him to death Wednesday. He was convicted of killing 13 people and wounding more 32 in the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood. But legal experts say it could still be years before the death sentence is carried out – if at all.

Under military law, Hasan’s case will automatically be appealed because he received a death sentence, even if he doesn’t want to appeal.

But before the case goes to an appeals court, the commanding general of Fort Hood must approve the findings and the sentence. That alone will take a while.

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Fort Hood
12:54 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Hasan Guilty on All Counts in Fort Hood Shooting Trial

Brigitte Woosley

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 4:18 am

Update: Army Maj. Nidal Hasan has been found guilty on all counts of premeditated murder and attempted murder in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. Hasan now faces either life in prison or the death penalty. Sentencing begins Monday. 

Army psychiatrist Hasan acted as his own attorney in the case – but he did so little in his own defense that his standby counsel expressed concern that he was purposely seeking the death penalty.

Sentencing begins Monday. The sentencing phase runs similarly to a trial. The 13 members of the military panel will decide Hasan’s sentence—not the judge. Prosecutors  are expected to call 19 witnesses, including family members. They’re expected to talk about the grief they experienced losing a loved one.

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Fort Hood
11:30 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Jury Deliberating in Fort Hood Shooting Trial

Brigitte Woosley

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 4:47 pm

Update: The jury in the court martial of Major Nidal Hasan has begun to deliberate. They're considering whether or not Hasan is guilty of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of premeditated attempted murder in the Fort Hood shooting in 2009. 

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Fort Hood
10:40 am
Mon August 12, 2013

As Hasan Trial Continues, Killeen Looks to Share Its Story

Killeen Chamber of Commerce

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 11:40 am

The court martial of Maj. Nidal Hasan continues this week at Fort Hood. He’s accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 people in a shooting rampage there in November 2009.

Just beyond the gates of the Army post is in the city of Killeen. Since the start of the military trial, community leaders there have invited media covering the trial to several community events. It’s a chance to highlight the city – even if it’s not under the best of circumstances.

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Fort Hood
11:20 am
Wed August 7, 2013

What You Need to Know From Day One of the Fort Hood Trial

Brigitte Woosley, sketch artist

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 10:09 am

Today marks Day Two in the trial of Major Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 at Fort Hood on Nov. 5, 2009. The trial is expected to take months – only twelve of the nearly 300 witnesses testified Tuesday. More of the prosecution’s witnesses will testify today as prosecutors continue to build a case against Hasan. 

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Military
2:22 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

First Day of Jury Selection in Fort Hood Trial Complete

Brigitte Woosley, sketch artist

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 4:44 pm

Update: Six of the first 20 potential panelists in the trail of Major Nidal Hasan were dismissed today in the first day of jury selection. The court will resume tomorrow and split the remaining panelists into groups for individual questioning. The first group will begin at 9 a.m. and the second group will be questioned at 2:30 p.m. Hasan is accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 in a shooting at the Fort Hood army post in 2009. 

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Texas Immigration
12:46 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Threat of Deportation Haunts Immigrant Students

Kate McGee, KUT News

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 7:15 am

More than 100 Austin parents, teachers and community members gathered at Mendez Middle School Saturday for an immigration forum sponsored by the teachers union, Education Austin. Advocacy groups and organizations provided information to undocumented immigrants about a pathway to citizenship and the latest on immigration reform.

It's a process that advocates say can stress out many parents. But it can be a stressor on children as well.

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