Allyson Ortegon

Allyson Ortegon is working for KUT in Austin, Texas where she covers growth and development in nearby Hays County. Before that, she covered politics and policy, including the 86th Texas Legislature, during fellowships with The Texas Tribune and with Texas NPR affiliate stations. She wrote for The Alcalde, the award-winning alumni magazine published by The University of Texas at Austin since 1913. In an earlier stint at KUT, Austin’s NPR Station, she participated in  NPR's Next Generation Radio project. At UT, she reported across radio, television and print media for student publications including The Daily Texan and Texas Student Television. She will graduate with a degree in journalism and a secondary concentration in business. She is a two-time recipient of awards from The Headliner’s Foundation of Texas and she received the Jo Caldwell Meyer Scholarship from the Women Communicators of Austin, the Bob Schenkkan Endowed Presidential Scholarship, and the Carmage and Martha Ann Walls Foundation Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Journalism.


KUT is the NPR affiliate in Austin, operating out of the University of Texas’ flagship campus. We are an audience-focused, community-funded newsroom that focuses on city government, education, health care, politics and policy, energy and the environment, transportation and housing and affordability issues. We cover an 8-county region in Central Texas. Our mission is to provide our audience with the information they need to understand the world around them and engage with their communities on civic issues. We distribute our content through FM radio, our website, social media, podcasts and other platforms to reach our audience where they are.