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Debbie Hiott is the general manager of KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station, and KUTX 98.9, the Austin Music Experience, two public radio stations that give voice to the stories and sounds that make Austin special. Together, the stations reach an audience of more than 500,000 each month. She is also the executive director of media operations at the University of Texas at Austin’s Moody College of Communication. Before going into public media, Debbie spent 28 years as a journalist at the Austin American-Statesman, starting as a reporting intern while she attended Southwest Texas State University and spending her last seven years as the paper’s top editor. Debbie is a two-time jurist for the Pulitzer Prize, and she currently serves on the boards of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and Headliners Foundation, as well as the advisory council for the Texas State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
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