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About the Series

Austin Now is a weekly series that examines people, ideas and issues that define our city. What makes Austin unique? Expect to see it on Austin Now. Each program will feature a changing mix of different subject areas ranging from politics to the arts.

Regular program segments will include: science and technology, politics and the economy, arts and culture, body and spirit, and society and community.

Finally, there is a local program to capture the spirit of a city that has already captured the attention of the world. That program is Austin Now.

Producer Domenique Bellavia

Domenique Bellavia has served as a producer for KLRU since November of 2002. After taking a ten year leave from Austin, Domenique returned to discover that even though the quaint little Austin she knew was gone, it did not lose its unique diversity. Her curiosity about people, places and things inspires her to produce stories that reflect the heart of Austin: its environment, community, and culture. In addition, Domenique has produced documentary shorts that cover education, hospice care, and various artist profiles.

Producer Elena Ramirez

Elena Ramirez has been working in the production department of KLRU since 1996 when she was hired as the On-Air Promotions Producer/Director. She has directed live television events and weekly public affairs programs such as Austin At Issue, town meetings and political debates.


Host Tom Spencer

Tom Spencer, is an award-winning producer and free lance writer. Employed by KLRU for 21 years, Spencer has produced local and statewide public affairs programs, nationally distributed documentaries on art and architecture, and a wide variety of special projects.

Spencer's documentary projects have included: Rio Grande: La Frontera, on the architecture and history of the Texas-Mexico border; Austin Remember When, a series of documentaries on the history of Austin; Building the American City: San Antonio, about the history, architecture and culture of San Antonio, Texas; James Michener and the Art of Collecting, a profile of writer James Michener and his collection of 20th century American art.; and The Painted Churches of Texas, a history of Czech and German Catholic Churches in Central Texas.

Producer Sean Cunningham

Sean Cunningham began working at KLRU as an intern back in 2002. While studying for his degree at the University of Texas, he did temporary work for KLRU, doing jobs ranging from transcriptions to running camera. Upon graduating, Sean was hired as the overnight promo editor. From there, he moved on to a daytime position as the editor of some of KLRU's local productions, including Austin Now. In the summer of 2005, Sean began producing his first story, a full episode of Austin Now dedicated to profiling the Austin Police Department. It aired in the summer of 2006, and Sean became a full time producer for the show.