American Graduate Champions: Denise Hernandez

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that are making a difference in our community.

Denise Hernandez knows firsthand the challenges of being the first member of your family to go to college. Since her parents didn’t complete high school, she needed to find advice and guidance from different avenues. Now as a lawyer and mentor at Con Mi Madre, she is a strong advocate of giving back and helping other young Latinas start their higher education.

American Graduate Champions: Chaka

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that are making a difference in our community.

Chaka is a man of many musical talents, which he funnels into his mentoring with E4 Youth. Chaka and E4 work together to introduce talented students to the process of professional music production, as well as to spread awareness about the history and culture of Austin that is being forgotten.

American Graduate Champion: Cortney Jones

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that are making a difference in our community.

A former foster youth herself, Ms Jones has spent the past 10 years advocating for youth in the foster care system. She founded programs aimed at helping youth in foster care, and currently works with American YouthWorks assisting people with housing needs.

American Graduate Champion: Bavu Blakes

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that are making a difference in our community.

“I never emcee without the mind of a scholar, and I’m never a scholar without the mind of a emcee.” This pretty much sums up the philosophy of Bavu Blakes, a prominent Austin rapper who now spends his time melding the worlds of hip-hop and education to create a learning experience that is captivating, intrinsic and edifying.

List of KLRU’s 2016 Lone Star Emmy Nominations


The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the list of 2016 Lone Star Emmy Nominations on with KLRU proudly receiving a total of ten nominations. Among the KLRU shows that received nominations were Arts in Context, Overheard with Evan Smith, KLRU American Graduate, SXSW Flashback, and Austin Revealed!

Congratulations to all those nominated for their hard work and dedication!

Here’s the full list of the KLRU nominations along with the videos for you to watch:


American Graduate
Bill Stotesbery, CEO/General Manager


Arts In Context SHORTS: 6 Pianos
Chelsea Hernandez, Director/Producer/Editor


Arts In Context: People’s Choice
Mario Troncoso, Producer
Chelsea Hernandez, Producer
Christopher Kim, Editor


Arts In Context: Music For All
Mario Troncoso, Director/Producer
Chelsea Hernandez, Producer/Editor


Arts In Context SHORTS: Body Shift
Eve Tarlo, Director/Producer/Editor
Anna Ramirez, Assistant Editor
Christopher Kim, Cinematography


El Despertar
Joe Rocha, Producer
Eve Tarlo, Producer


Arts In Context: Somos Krudas
Mario Troncoso, Director/Producer/Editor
Chelsea Hernandez, Associate Producer


An Eastside Education
Blair Waltman-Alexin, Videographer/Producer
Allison Sandza, Producer/Reporter


SXSW Flashback 2015
J.J. Weber, Executive Producer/Videographer
Taylor Kondelis, Producer/Editor/Videographer
Colleen Nelson, Associate Producer/Videographer
Galia Farber, Producer


Overheard with Evan Smith
Evan Smith, Host

(click here for a full archive of Overheard with Evan Smith episodes)

The Art Assignment: Our Picks from PBS Digital Studios

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What’s the deal with artists nowadays? What exactly defines an artist? And what does an artist define in the process?

This week from PBS Digital StudiosThe Art Assignment figure out what makes these following artists unique!

The Case For Andy Warhol

You’ve heard his name. You’ve seen the Campbell’s Soup cans. You might know something about The Factory. But perhaps you’ve wondered why Andy Warhol gets so much attention or why his work even matters. What’s the deal with Warhol, and is he worth your time and consideration? Here’s your answer.

The Case For Kanye 

Kanye West was given an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in May of 2015, and more than a couple of people questioned it. But why? Why shouldn’t Kanye be taken seriously in the world of art? Here’s our case for Kanye as an artist.

The Case For Yoko Ono 

Yoko Ono was an established artist before most of the world heard of her in 1968, and she continues to make groundbreaking work to this day. Who is Yoko Ono? What is her work? And why should you take her seriously?

The Case For Mark Rothko 

Rectangles after rectangles after rectangles. Rothko was a truly prolific artist who found his groove painting hazy swatches of color and stuck with it until the very end. Maybe you’ve wondered what the point of it all is, or why he did seemingly the same thing over and over again.

A powerful connection with KLRU


Christy Carpenter, daughter of Liz Carpenter and  KLRU Board Member & Former Vice Chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, shares why she’s committed to supporting KLRU through the $50,000 Board Challenge Match. 

I cannot imagine life without public television – it provides essential daily nourishment for my mind and spirit. It’s my go-to place to gain a clearer perspective and better understanding of my community and my world. From public affairs to history to culture to entertainment and more – it enhances and enriches my life. It’s like a good friend that I can count on.

The fact that KLRU is not commercially driven makes all the difference. It addresses us as citizens rather than as consumers and focuses on quality rather than ratings. KLRU provides a kind of community glue – tying us all together, celebrating what makes Austin unique, keeping us informed about Central Texas issues and healing us in times of tragedy. Moreover, the station’s educational outreach and area partnerships magnify its impact in ways not visible on the screen. This kind of connection is powerful and unique.

Your donation helps KLRU produce outstanding programming right here such as Austin City Limits, Overheard with Evan Smith and BBQ with Franklin – showcasing Austin life and culture to viewers not only in Central Texas but throughout the country. Your support also helps bring PBS programming to our entire community, reaching all ages, from our youngest learners to our long-time fans.

These are the reasons I’m committed to supporting KLRU during this fundraising drive, and I’m asking you to join me. As a Board Member, I’m pleased to participate in the $50,000 challenge match from the KLRU Board of Directors. For every dollar you donate, KLRU’s Board will contribute the same amount up to $50,000, potentially raising $100,000 for the station during this drive!

Supporting KLRU is a way of demonstrating your appreciation for what makes our public television station so special. Won’t you make your gift today so everyone in Central Texas can continue to benefit from KLRU’s quality, educational and informational programming?


Christy Carpenter
KLRU Board Member
Former Vice Chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Daughter of Liz Carpenter & Fifth-Generation Texan


Special offer: Tickets to see Andrea Bocelli Live in Austin


This December, don’t miss legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli when he performs at the Frank Erwin Center as part of only 8 concert dates on his U.S. tour. KLRU is in the midst of a fundraising drive and we have a one-of-a-kind opportunity for our viewers to attend this exclusive performance on December 8th at 7:30pm.

Donate $500 today for a pair of upper level tickets. Donate $650 today for a pair of lower level P2 tickets. Or donate $1,000 today to receive a pair of lower level P1 tickets to the show.

Want to make it a true night on the town? Be one of five people who donate $1,500 today for a gift certificate for “dinner for two” at The Capital Grille and a pair of lower level P1 tickets to the performance – some of the best seats in the house!

These are special seats reserved just for KLRU donors! Tickets are limited so don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see Andrea Bocelli onstage with conductor Eugene Kohn, guest artist Katharine McPhee and soprano Ana Maria Martinez.

Give to #YOURKLRU today for a chance to win ACL Fest passes!

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Photo by Roger Ho

KLRU is offering our viewers a special incentive this August! GIVE any amount via the form below and you will be entered in to the giveaway for a pair of passes to an ACL weekend! That’s ALL 3 days! Choice of weekend one or two winners are selected at random.

Here is how it works:
Post your favorite ACL Fest photo to Instagram or Twitter, and be sure to tag @klru and use the hashtag #yourklru.

We’ll contact the winners on September 6th!

Preschool Years


AmGradIcon-ResourcesBuilding a foundation for school success starts with the earliest days of life. Early childhood education is a major focus of PBS so we have lots of resources to share. KLRU also has deep connections with the Central Texas early childhood educational community.

If you are looking for quality early childhood programs for your child, or to help you raise your child or someone else’s, we suggest you call United Way’s 211 telephone number. They receive current information on open slots in high-quality child care programs, home visiting programs, and parent/family workshops.  They can also provide information on how to get support for more basic life needs, such as:

  • hunger
  • curious georgehomelessness
  • medical care
  • mental health care
  • vision/hearing

This tool provides ideas for building children’s readiness for Kindergarten:

E3 School Readiness Parent Guide 

Are you a parent, teacher, or educator looking for fun, safe, high-quality educational media for kids?  KLRU Kids has games, videos and much, much more. 

For more fun and learning with young children, we suggest the following free/low-cost options:

smart screen time

Watch videos about work being done locally in early childhood education.