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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Politics
1:17 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Debate Shows Many Differences Between Lieutenant Governor Candidates

Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte took the stage together in Austin for their only debate in the race to be the next lieutenant governor.
The Texas Tribune

Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte went head to head Monday night in their only debate in the race to be the state’s next lieutenant governor. The Austin debate showcased their wide differences on nearly every issue.

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Education
5:30 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Study Due Tuesday Says It's Time Texas Lawmakers Restore Full-Day Pre-K Funding

These toddlers at Little Rascals Daycare will be ready to learn by the time they get to Kindergarten. Research shows proper pre-K enhances childrens' ability to read, learn math and acquire other skills needed to excel and graduate high school.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Early education is a hot topic these days and it’s about to get hotter. Texas lawmakers cut some pre-Kindergarten funding in 2011. A paper out Tuesday examines how that’s affected school districts. Some of them valued pre-Kindergarten so much they sacrificed other programs to keep it.

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Education
4:10 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

In Texas And Across The U.S., Number Of Homeless Students Is Up

North Dallas High School monitor Charles Johnson - on the left - and senior Desmond Davis. Thanks to CJ, numerous Dallas students who'd otherwise be homeless have a place stay. Johnson has helped them for years.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

There are more homeless students than ever, according to a new government study. This poses problems for students and schools. Advocacy groups are trying to figure out how to help.

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Politics
12:14 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Texas Lt. Governor Candidates Agree On Almost Nothing

Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte, the Republican and Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor, spoke at the Texas Tribune Festival over the weekend.
Bob Daemmrich Texas Tribune

In a precursor to their only head to head debate scheduled a week from today, Lt. Governor candidates Dan Patrick, and Leticia Van de Putte appeared on the same stage at different times. Each of them sat for a Q&A session with Evan Smith at the Texas Tribune’s annual festival in Austin.

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Education
7:06 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Following Financial Scandal, New UNT President Promises Solid Fiscal Footing

UNT President Neal Smatresk addressing faculty, staff, students, guests and visitors at his, and the school's, first ever state of the university address.
University of North Texas

The rookie University of North Texas president gave the school’s first ever State of the University speech on Wednesday, and immediately tackled the budget problems.  

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Education
6:27 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Dallas ISD Needs A 'Transformation,' Superintendent Says

Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles delivered an upbeat state of the school district speech in front of several hundred Dallas Chamber of Commerce members.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

It was a different -- and upbeat -- Superintendent Mike Miles who praised the Dallas school district’s recent gains. Just a year ago, he almost got fired. On Tuesday, he delivered his state of the district speech.

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Education
5:30 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Dallas ISD Superintendent Expected To Give Upbeat State Of District Address

DISD Superintendent Mike Miles
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles is expected to take credit for rising graduation rates and a new teacher evaluation system when he gives his State of the District address today. Critics are skeptical.

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Arts
8:13 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Why Isn't The Meyerson's World-Class Organ Played More Often?

Mary Preston, the Dallas Symphony's resident organist for the past 20 years, hopes that the organ gets put to use more often.
Dane Walters KERA

Critics say the organ inside the Meyerson Symphony Center is one of the greatest. In this installment of  Secrets of the Meyerson, from KERA’s Art&Seek, we explore why the organ, a unique Dallas asset, is not used as much as many might wish.

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Education
5:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

New Dallas School Has Student-Teacher Ratio Of 1-To-1, But It Comes With A Price

Dallas' Fusion Director David Hunt (l) with the school's Director of Student Development, Cory Mathews, who's also a music instructor.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

There’s a new kind of private school that just opened in Dallas with a nearly unheard student-teacher ratio: 1-to-1. Fusion Academy’s cost is nearly unheard of, too.

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Education
6:03 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Help Goes A Long Way For Homeless Dallas Students On First Day Of School

Charles Johnson has housed homeless Dallas student Desmond Davis this year because the 17-year-old might otherwise be on the streets. Johnson has helped Dallas' homeless for a dozen years.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

North Dallas High School is home to about 100 homeless kids because it’s near three homeless shelters and organizations that serve families in need. One of those students is a 17-year-old senior who temporarily lives in Oak Cliff.

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