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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.

Associate 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.

Associate 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. In addition to her duties as an Associate Producer for Austin Now, Elena is responsible for producing The Texas Education Report.


Host Tom Spencer
Tom Spencer, is an award-wining 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.

Web Producer Kierstan Schwab

Kierstan Schwab is an award-winning writer and Web producer. She has developed the KLRU Web site along with special sites for Austin City Limits, Texas Monthly Talks and The Painted Churches of Texas.

Intern Eliana Maruri

Eliana Maruri is a journalism and government student at UT Austin. She came to KLRU as a work-study student January 2005 and has since worked with production. Her focus in broadcast journalism allowed her to intern with NBC Mexico/Telemundo in Mexico City this past summer. She has also worked with Texas Monthly Talks on various shows. She plans to graduate in 2007 and initiate a career in broadcast news or programming.