Nathan Bernier, KUT News

Nathan Bernier is All Things Considered host and a radio reporter at KUT News. Nathan covers a range of issues with a focus on education, health care, immigration and business. He grew up in the small mountain town of Nelson, BC, Canada, and worked at commercial news radio stations in Ottawa, Montreal and Boston before starting at KUT in 2008. 

Nathan has won numerous journalism awards including a National Edward R. Murrow Award, Texas Associated Press Awards, Lonestar Awards from the Houston Press Club, and various other awards and recognitions.  Nathan's hobbies outside work include producing music and enjoying Austin's many food and drink establishments.

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State Government Employees
2:15 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

For Texas, Fewer State Layoffs In 2012

Nathan Bernier, KUT News

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 12:54 pm

The number of state employees let go this year was down dramatically compared to 2011, according to a report from the State Auditor's Office. But that’s mainly because so many people lost their jobs last year, after lawmakers slashed the two-year state budget by $14 billion. 

Those cuts led to a round of government layoffs: 1,225 people lost their jobs last year as the result of a "reduction in force," the bureaucratic term used to label job cuts caused by budget reductions. This year, that number was 96. A lot of people were fired for other reasons, but the number of state employees "involuntarily" laid off still dropped by more than 15 percent compared to last year.

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CPRIT Investigation
3:02 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Travis County DA Investigating State Cancer Institute

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 2:55 pm

There’s more trouble for the state’s embattled cancer-fighting agency.

The Travis County District Attorney’s office is now investigating the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, better known as CPRIT.

Gregg Cox is the head of the Public Integrity Unit in the Travis County DA’s office. He says they’ll be looking at how contracts were awarded.

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