KUT Austin | August 2019

'First Days in America'

We are finding, coaching and training public media's next generation. This #nextgenradio project is created with partner station KUT Austin, where six talented student journalists are participating in a week-long state-of-the-art training program.

In this project, six immigrants talk about how their first days in the United States shaped their lives today.

Our Students

Allyson Ortegon


Antonio Cueto is a journalism student at Austin Community College, where he’ll graduate in spring 2020. Antonio serves as co-editor for the ACC Star, an online newspaper servicing the ACC student body.

He was born in Mexico City and raised in Queretaro. Antonio moved to Austin at the age of 15 with his family to escape the growing danger in his community, and to pursue a higher quality education for himself and his siblings. 

His journalistic work focuses on nonprofit organizations, Mexican politics and culture, the environment and the issues that minorities and marginalized communities face in Texas.

Allyson Ortegon


Morgan Kuehler is a fourth-year student at the University of Texas at Austin studying Radio, Television, and Film and Journalism. Morgan has worked as an intern for Texas Standard and audio director at the Daily Texan. She also completed a Transom Traveling Workshop in Nashville.

Now she’s an on-air host at KUT covering its evening programming. Morgan hopes to spend her career reporting on youth and community-related issues.

Allyson Ortegon


Allyson Ortegon is a multimedia reporter for radio, television and print media.

She completed a reporting fellowship covering the 86th Texas Legislature for the state’s NPR affiliates and interned for KUT in Austin.

Originally from Cibolo, Texas, Allyson began her reporting career for Schertz Magazine, published near San Antonio. She is currently a writer for the award-winning Texas Exes alumni magazine, The Alcalde.

Allyson will graduate from the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism in May 2020 with a secondary concentration in business.

Allyson Ortegon


Amarachi Ngwakwe is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Humanities.

She believes that representation in the media can validate the experiences of others, and her professional goal is to use videography and photography to reshape narratives about underrepresented communities. She currently serves the video editor for Orange Magazine. In June, she apprenticed with experienced documentary filmmakers in London to produce a short documentary about an underrepresented community in London. Community and culture are very important to her.

When she isn’t behind the camera, Amarachi serves as treasurer for the African Student Organization at UT.

Allyson Ortegon


Geronimo Perez is a first-generation Mexican-American born in Dallas but raised in Fort Worth. He got his talkative nature from his father and his listening skills from his mother, a crucial balance.

Getting to know new people is exciting and the reason he chose the mass communications field. He strives to learn and respect different cultures, especially in regard to the culinary arts, as he love to cook dishes for friends and family.

He is a first-generation college graduate looking to travel, expand his views in and beyond Texas and be a voice for underrepresented communities.

Allyson Ortegon


Tiana Woodard is a junior studying journalism and English at the University of Texas at Austin.

Tiana’s work has appeared in The Daily Texan, Texas Monthly and NaturallyCurly. Her interest in learning more about her African American heritage has encouraged her to take a variety of courses on the Black experience, including gender’s relationship to chattel slavery, the Black Power movement and early Black literature.

Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in audio or video journalism with a focus on the representation and identities of marginalized communities.

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