Pflugerville student received national recognition from PBS NewsHour

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Congratulations to Pflugerville High School junior Kennedy Huff! Kennedy was chosen for the inaugural class of KLRU and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Stars and was honored by the staff of Congressman Michael T. McCaul (TX-10) for her accomplishment on May 1st.

Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees member Vernagene Mott (R) congratulates PHS student Kennedy Huff (L) on being named a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star.

Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees member Vernagene Mott (R) congratulates PHS student Kennedy Huff (L) on being named a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star.

Kennedy, along with 10 other students chosen from participating Reporting Labs schools across the country, will travel to Washington, D.C. this summer to help teachers from around the country develop curricula and instruction strategies to engage young people in news and current affairs and ensure that the youth voice is a part of the conversation around critical issues facing the nation.

PBS NewsHour Executive Producer Linda Winslow says it’s important for public media to help build the next generation of reporters. “I want them to deliver the kind of quality that we encourage today journalism that makes people better informed citizens of the world,” she said.

Students participating in the Reporting Labs program work with public media mentors from their local stations to produce original news reports. Their work is featured on the national Student Reporting Labs website, the NewsHour’s Rundown and broadcast as well as americangraduate.org. The Reporting Labs after-school club at Pflugerville High School has worked with KLRU.

“PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs is just one of the many innovative ways that KLRU leverages content to provide students with real-life learning experiences and help them connect their education to future aspirations for long-term success,” said Bill Stotesbery, CEO, KLRU. “We are delighted and proud that a student from our Reporting Lab is an All-Star.”

Student mentor and KLRU producer Lynn Boswell said, “It’s been exciting to see the number of schools and students participating in the program grow so quickly. These students are gaining strong skills that will be very valuable if they choose to pursue careers in journalism. But they’re also gaining tools to help them become informed citizens and thoughtful voters, no matter what careers they eventually choose.”

Mentor Lynn Boswell (L) and Teacher David Robb (R) congratulate Pflugerville High School student Kennedy Huff who was a chosen as a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star.

Mentor Lynn Boswell (L) and Teacher David Robb (R) congratulate Pflugerville High School student Kennedy Huff who was a chosen as a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star.

In addition to participating in the Reporting Labs club at Pflugerville High School, Kennedy is an editor for the school newspaper and a member of the student broadcast staff. She models herself after Lisa Ling and Oprah Winfrey and aspires to one day host her own network show.

“Kennedy Huff is a shining example of what the Student Reporting Labs program represents: curiosity, civic engagement and hard work,” said Reporting Labs Producer/Program Coordinator Thaisi Da Silva.

Student Reporting Labs is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) as part of the public media initiative, “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen,” which is helping communities improve education opportunities for all students and build the next generation of skilled graduates. Student Reporting Labs is also funded by National Science Foundation.

The Reporting Labs club at PHS is co-sponsored by Tamika Fagan, David Robb and James Ruiz.

 

Día de los Niños at Community Night 4/30

Thinkery Featured!

KLRU joins the Thinkery to celebrate El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day).

DATE: Wednesday, April 30,
TIME: 5-8 p.m.
LOCATION: The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. Austin, Texas 78723
COST: Admission is by donation ($1 suggested donation)

KLRU and the Thinkery in partnership with the Texas Book Festival and H-E-B, host an evening of fun and learning. Various activities including book readings, games and a cooking demonstration will all be part of this special evening.

KLRU will present the PBS Kids Virtual World. Explore new and original games that encourage collaboration while interacting with the museum and exploring topics, such as nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

Book readings
5:30 pm – Carolyn Dee Flores, Canta, Rana, Canta / Sing, Froggie, Sing
6:15 pm – Gwendolyn Zepeda, Paso de nivel / Level Up and Pateo el Balón / I Kick the Ball
7 pm – Adriana Pacheco, El Pan Perfecto/The Perfect Bread and Un Globo Café Chocolate/A Chocolate Brown Balloon

Healthy Cooking
Join H-E-B Mueller’s Chef Thomas for a Latin themed cooking demonstration to celebrate El Día de Los Niños.

thinkery sponsors

ACL Soundwaves auction

KLRU and Austin City Limits have teamed up with UK artist and new Austinite Tim Wakefield to showcase his art collection Soundwaves celebrating 40 years of Austin City Limits. Each stunning piece of artwork in this exclusive collection captures the soundwave of a famous recording. Wakefield then customizes the soundwave image into finished piece that represent his interpretation of each song. On April 14th to April 26th, select art pieces will be auctioned online with net proceeds benefiting KLRU and Austin City Limits. The online auction features:

ACL Soundwaves art project

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KLRU and Austin City Limits have teamed up with UK artist and new Austinite Tim Wakefield to showcase his art collection Soundwaves celebrating 40 years of Austin City Limits. Each stunning piece of artwork in this exclusive collection captures the soundwave of a famous recording. Wakefield then customizes the soundwave image into finished piece that represent his interpretation of each song.

Later this month, portions of the ACL Soundwaves collection will be displayed at various locations across Austin. Follow #ACLSoundwaves on Facebook and Twitter for additional details as they become available.

On April 14th to April 26th, the art will be auctioned online with net proceeds benefiting KLRU and Austin City Limits. Featured songs include (click on song title for more about each painting).

Additional ACL Soundwaves pieces will be auctioned at the invitation-only Austin City Limits Hall of Fame event on April 26th.

ACL Soundwaves: Willie Nelson

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Willie Nelson – “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”
This piece is available for auction on ebay
An American music legend, Willie Nelson starred in the pilot for Austin City Limits and appeared on the show – as headliner, as songwriters special anchor, as a special guest – sixteen times. Originally recorded by Waylon Jennings, “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” comes from the soundtrack to the film Electric Horseman.

Willie Nelson – “Whiskey River”
An American music legend, Willie Nelson starred in the pilot for ACL and appeared on the show – as headliner, as songwriters special anchor, as a special guest – sixteen times. Originally from the album Shotgun Willie, “Whiskey River” kicked off the pilot, thus becoming the first song ever played on Austin City Limits.

ACL Soundwaves: SRV & Double Trouble

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Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – “Pride and Joy”
When Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble first took the ACL stage in 1983, nobody knew how iconic he would be come. This and his second show in 1990 are now considered classic performances. Possibly the group’s most famous tune, “Pride and Joy” comes from the debut record Texas Flood and was performed on the show in 1984.

ACL Soundwaves: Lyle Lovett

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Lyle Lovett – “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas)”
Longtime ACL favorite Lyle Lovett first performed as a backup singer for Nanci Griffith in 1985, headlining his own show in 1987 and going on to appear on the stage 14 more times. He performed his satirical anthem “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas)” on a 1994 songwriters special and a 1997 headlining episode, as well as on his album The Road to Ensenada.