August 11, 2008

Marguerite Casey Foundation gives $250,000 to KUT radio program

August 11, 2008 - 2:33 PM CDT | Modified: Monday, August 11, 2008 - 2:34 PM

Austin Business Journal

The Marguerite Casey Foundation has awarded a $250,000 grant to public radio program Latino USA.

The budding English-language public radio newsmagazine covers Latino news and culture through sound-rich reporter pieces, audio diaries and interviews. Latino USA is produced in a partnership between KUT Radio and the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas.

The grant from the Seattle-based Marguerite Casey Foundation will allow for expanded coverage of issues on the air, as well as on the Web. Latino USA plans to archive its reporting online, making it available to communities and individuals in the months and years to come.

"This generous support allows us to deepen our commitment to telling the stories of immigrant families in America: stories of great human resolve and courage, stories of communities in change, stories of hope and entrepreneurial spirit, and new beginnings," says Sean Collins, executive producer of Latino USA. "We are deeply grateful to the Marguerite Casey Foundation for investing in the work of the talented group of journalists at Latino USA."

According to UT, Latino USA is heard by more than 350,000 people on 130 NPR stations around the country.

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