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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Education
8:07 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

State's First GED Testing Center In A Library Is In Dallas

Kevin Franklin, who's 57 and homeless, says it's never too late to take and pass the GED. He's enrolled now, and plans to the take the test in the library's new testing center
Bill Zeeble KERA News

A quarter of Dallas adults never graduated from high school. The Dallas Public  Library hopes to change that with a new GED testing center unveiled Wednesday in its main downtown building. It will be the first of its kind in a Texas library.

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Business/Economy
6:51 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Toyota Says Hi To Plano With Party -- And $1 Million Donation

Toyota North America greeted Texas and Plano with a free block party, $1 million to Plano ISD's Plano Academy, and 6 pickups. In photo, l-r, CEO Jim Lentz, Olympian Nastia Liukin, Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, Governor Rick Perry
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Toyota gave Plano schools $1  million Monday and threw a block party for the public as it officially said "hello" to the city where it’s moving its North American headquarters. So, why Plano?

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Texas News
10:14 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Possible Routes, Stops Unveiled For Dallas-Houston High-Speed Rail

This is a version of the train Texas Central Railway wants to run between Dallas and Houston
Txcentral.com

Plans for a bullet train that would link Dallas to Houston in 90 minutes took a big step forward this week: North Texans got their first chance to see the proposed routes. About 100 people chimed in on where the train should stop in Dallas -- and they were united in their choice: Union Station in downtown.

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Education
12:02 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Fallout Continues A Week After Dallas School Board Member Is Removed From Campus

DISD's school board, as members readied for a closed session to discuss rules, authority, and what's allowed by both the superintendent and trustees
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Fallout continues over the forcible removal of a Dallas school board member last week from a campus. A long, closed-door meeting Monday night will soon lead to open meetings on what’s allowed and what’s not by trustees and the superintendent.

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Politics
5:30 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Videos: Lieutenant Governor Candidates On Education

Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte are vying to be the next Lieutenant Governor in a state where the office wields a great deal of power
Bob Daemmrich Texas Tribune

As early voting begins today, the candidates for lieutenant governor are competing for one of the most powerful positions on the ballot. The winner of the race will control the Texas Senate and bills considered in that chamber.  Here’s a look at how the contenders -- Republican Dan Patrick and Democrat Leticia Van de Putte -- differ on one of the state’s most important issues: education.

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Ebola in Dallas
6:08 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Following 2nd Ebola Nurse Diagnosis, Dallas' Village Reacts With Caution, Concern

Village apartment security stand watch near Amber Vinson's apartment, being cleaned and sterilized as this picture was taken. More than 10,000 people live in this sprawling apartment complex near Skillman Stree north of Lover's Lane
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Amber Vinson, the second Dallas nurse to contract Ebola, lives in the Village Apartments, just a couple miles south of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.  It’s the biggest apartment complex in Dallas, with more than 10,000 tenants.

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Five Days In October
5:30 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Where Do Greg Abbott And Wendy Davis Stand On Homeowner Insurance Rates?

Tornadoes, like the one that hit this Forney community in 2012, are among the kinds of bad weather that insurance companies blame for high home insurance rates in Texas.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

This week, KERA, The Dallas Morning News and KXAS-TV (NBC 5) are producing a joint project called Five Days in October. Each day, we’re looking at where the leading candidates for governor stand on a specific issue. Today, it’s homeowners’ insurance costs in a state with the third highest rates in the nation.

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Ebola in Dallas
1:57 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Prayer Vigil Turns Into Memorial After Death Of Dallas Ebola Patient

More than a hundred joined what became a memorial service for Dallas Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan Wednesday night at Wilshire Baptist Church
Bill Zeeble KERA News

A prayer vigil planned for Thomas Eric Duncan became a memorial service Wednesday night after it was announced he had died from the Ebola virus. Wilshire Baptist Church in East Dallas was filled with about a hundred mourners who had never met Duncan. 

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Ebola In Dallas
5:30 am
Tue October 7, 2014

To Fight Ebola, Dallas ISD Uses Scanners To Screen Students For Fever

This is a version of what Wello gave to five Dallas schools. Hold your face about a foot from the screen, look into two little circles, hold steady as the "eye" on top rotates, takes some readings, and shows your body's temperature on the screen
Bill Zeeble KERA News

New high-tech scanners that can read a person’s body temperature without touching went into five Dallas schools Monday near the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Duncan stayed. The idea is to catch sick kids early in the extremely rare chance they have the virus.

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Texas News
5:32 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

As Storm Cleanup Continues, Many Still Lack Power

This fallen tree blocked most Delmar Ave. in Dallas for all of Thursday night and much of Friday. Across Dallas and Tarrant Counties, this scene was repeated, along with downed power lines and roofs ripped away.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

In Grayson County a Denison ISD teacher was hurt by lightning in yesterday’s storms but is expected to recover. Hers may have been the most serious injury, but more than 300,000 North Texans lost power. Many still don’t have any.

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