Bill Zeeble

Reporter

Bill Zeeble has been a full-time reporter at KERA since 1992, covering everything from medicine to the Mavericks and education to environmental issues. He’s won numerous awards over the years, with top honors from the Dallas Press Club, Texas Medical Association, the Dallas and Texas Bar Associations, the American Diabetes Association and a national health reporting grant from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Zeeble was born in Philadelphia, Pa. and grew up in the nearby suburb of Cherry Hill, NJ, where he became an accomplished timpanist and drummer. Heading to college near Chicago on a scholarship, he fell in love with public radio, working at the college classical/NPR station, and he has pursued public radio ever since.

His first real radio gig was with a classical station in Corpus Christi, where the new Texan was dubbed “Billy Ted”; he was also a manager at WWNO-FM in New Orleans. Several stories he covered on television for KERA 13 helped homeowners avoid losing their homes. Zeeble remains dedicated to radio, however, and spends time working with NPR to teach students how to do radio journalism. His radio pieces have aired on nearly every national news show carried on KERA, from NPR and American Public Media to the BBC. He and his wife have 2 dogs and 2 cats, adopted and rescued. His home desk is messy with vintage fountain pens and parts to aid his passion to make them work again.

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Sports
12:48 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Dallas Is Both A Basketball And Hockey Playoff Town (For Now)

It's playoff time for Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. They face the San Antonio Spurs this weekend. Meanwhile, the Dallas Stars are also in the playoffs -- against the Anaheim Ducks.
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For the first time since 2008, Dallas is a basketball -- and hockey -- playoff town.

The Dallas Stars started their first postseason run in six years Wednesday night against the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks in California. (The Ducks defeated the Stars in the first game, 4-3. Game 2 is 9 p.m. Friday in California.)

Their basketball brethren, the Dallas Mavericks, are harboring some long-shot dreams, too: They start the NBA playoffs this weekend, their first postseason appearance since 2012.

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Education
7:21 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Dallas City Council Gets An Educational Lesson On Home-Rule School Proposal

Dallas City Council member Philip Kingston, center, wondered if DISD's reforms need a governance change that would be prompted by home-rule.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Dallas school administrators and board members met at Dallas City Hall Wednesday to discuss the home-rule proposal that could change the way the DISD is run and governed. Despite the mayor’s support of home-rule, City Council members want more information.

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Education
5:54 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

In Dallas Home-Rule School Debate, Supporters And Opponents Agree On A Few Things

Jeronimo Valdez is on the board of Support Our Public Schools, which backs a change to home-rule for Dallas schools. The attorney plans to be at the Dallas City Council briefing Wednesday on the issue.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

A day before the Dallas City Council dives into the “home-rule” debate over remaking the city’s school system, supporters  issued their first four concrete recommendations today. And a key opponent announced an organizing meeting, in part to show that the opposition is multiracial.

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Education
5:30 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Class Of '17: This High Schooler Hopes To Graduate Early

Kelli standing proudly in her bedroom. A few days earlier, mom says it was a mess and Kelli spent time cleaning it up.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Kelli Bowdy, one of the students we’re following in our Class of '17 series, is almost through her freshman year at Fort Worth’s O.D. Wyatt High School. She’s even thinking about graduating early. Nationwide, only 3 percent of high school kids manage that.  

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Education
6:05 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

UNT-Dallas Inaugurates President Ronald Brown

New UNT-Dallas President Ronald Brown gave his inaugural address Friday on the South Dallas campus.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

On Friday, for the second time in its 14-year history, the University of North Texas at Dallas inaugurated a president. Dignitaries welcomed Ronald Brown on the south Dallas campus.

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Education
6:42 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

How To Reduce Dropouts? It's All About Building Relationships, Education Expert Says

Communities In Schools founder Bill Milliken told a Fort Worth luncheon crowd that dropout prevention starts with buildling relationships that help kids feel safe, secure and capable of loving learning.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

The Texas Education Agency says there’s only one program with meaningful effects on reducing dropouts, and it’s Community In Schools. That was reason enough for the Tarrant County branch to bring its founder Bill Milliken to town. He talked to a Fort Worth lunch crowd organized for CIS volunteers and donors.

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Education
6:17 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Mesquite School And Dallas Chamber Symphony Team Up For Unique Classroom Experience

Dallas Chamber Symphony cellist Oliver Schlaffer plays Bach on his prized cello in front of Rutherford Elementary School students.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

The elementary school field trip to a concert hall is one thing. But in Mesquite, concert hall musicians head to the school. They also visit by iPad. It’s part of an unusual, experimental program that combines personal and virtual school visits with digital and interactive lessons.

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Education
3:32 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Dallas School Board Members Square Off At Home-Rule Meeting

Wilton Hollins, who heads Support Our Public Schools, spoke at Monday's meeting about the home-rule effort at Salem Institutional Baptist Church.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Two Dallas school board members disagreed over whether they’re doing enough for student education. Mike Morath and Bernadette Nutall faced off at a meeting on home-rule Monday night.

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Education
5:30 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Both Sides In Controversial Home-Rule School Proposal Promise Passionate Talk Tonight

Former Dallas City Council member Diane Ragsdale, with other opponents of the home-rule charter issue behind her, gathered at a recent demonstration at the Dallas ISD administration building. Supporters and opponents will gather Monday in South Dallas.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Opponents and supporters are rallying their troops for a meeting Monday night about the home-rule effort to remake the Dallas school system. The showdown is planned to take place at a South Dallas church.

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Education
4:45 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Dallas County Schools' 'Bus Of The Future' Features 'Pedophile Cam,' Thumbprint Scanner

The Dallas County Schools' prototype bus is retrofitted with cameras, a GPS tracker, thumbprint ID scanner, seat belts and more.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

The school bus of the future is here for kids in Dallas County Schools. At first glance, you may notice nothing new. But there are security cameras inside and out, a GPS tracker and alerts, seatbelts -- and even a thumbprint ID scanner.

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