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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Government
5:32 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Governor-Elect Abbott Brings Agenda To North Texas

Texas Gov.-Elect Greg Abbott, center, is surrounded by North Texas Legislators in Arlington Tuesday.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott was in Arlington Tuesday to talk with local lawmakers about his priorities heading into his new job and the January legislative session.

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Education
8:21 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Deadline Looms For Dallas ISD's Teacher Evaluation Plan

Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles says he wants to reward teachers based on outstanding performance.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Dallas teachers are nearing a key deadline in the evaluation system that Superintendent Mike Miles introduced this fall. He wants to reward teachers based on outstanding performance, not years served or advanced college degrees. That’s raised hackles among teacher organizations.

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Education
12:40 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

At This Fort Worth High School, Classes Last 90 Minutes

Edgar Delgado is at O.D. Wyatt High in Fort Worth, which uses block scheduling. Most core courses are held every other day, when more time is spent per class. Only one other Fort Worth high school uses the block schedule.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Block schedule classes run like the multi-hour science labs you might recall from high school or college. Some schools use them. Many don’t. As part of KERA’s American Graduate initiative, here’s a look at the difference a schedule can make.

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Government
6:36 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Marcos Ronquillo Enters Dallas Mayor's Race

Marcos Ronquillo stands on a pot hole on Samuell Blvd to make his point that Dallas infrastructure needs more attention than it's getting now
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Attorney Marcos Ronquillo announced his plans to challenge Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings in the May 2015 municipal election Thursday. 

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Government
7:53 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Uber, Lyft Get The Green Light To Operate Legally In Dallas

It was a full house in the Dallas City Council chamber Wednesday where members discussed a controversial transportation ordinance that would include ride-share services including Lyft and Uber.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Months after controversy erupted, the Dallas City Council on Wednesday approved new rules that will regulate Uber, Lyft and other car-sharing services in the city. The vote was 13-2.

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Texas News
4:38 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

After 45 Years, Reading & Radio Resource Ends Local Production

Rick Massey, legally blind, with little black Reading & Radio Resource radio in his bedroom. He'll greatly miss local news content
Bill Zeeble KERA News

After 45 years, a North Texas nonprofit called Reading & Radio Resource is ending local production this weekend. The subscription radio service has had hundreds of volunteers read newspapers, magazines and books for those without sight. Organizers say their patrons are turning to podcasting and other higher-tech solutions.

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Texas News
8:14 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings Says He'll Run For Re-Election

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, speaking this fall as the city was responding to Ebola, says he will run for re-election.
Krystina Martinez KERA News

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced Tuesday he’ll seek a second term. He won’t back away from a pair of controversial positions that drew harsh criticism during his first four years.

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Texas News
5:30 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Kaufman County Murder Trial Starts Today

The late Kaufman County D.A. Mike McLelland, remembering his murdered friend and colleague Mark Hasse. He vowed to get the killer. Two months later, prosecutors say Hasse's murderer, Eric Williams, gunned down McLelland and his wife in their home.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

One-time Justice of the Peace Eric Williams faces the death penalty for murdering Kaufman County’s District Attorney, his wife, and an Assistant D.A. in 2013. The trial starts today in Rockwall County.

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Arts
5:30 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Guilty Pleasures Of Some Classical Music You Tube Users

Bass Adam Lau and soprano Nicole Car at the Dallas Opera watching a You Tube video of one of their favorite singers
Bill Zeeble KERA News

 You Tube turns 9 and a half this Saturday, and of course we all use it for everything from cat videos to Korean pop. Meet some professional classical musicians who revealed their own guilty pleasures.

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Health/Science
6:20 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

HHS Secretary Urges Enrollment In Health Insurance Plan

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell (center) stands behind Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings as a health care assistant at Parkland helps the seated enrollee sign up for insurance
Bill Zeeble KERA News

A year after the launch of the Affordable Care Act, more than half a million Dallas County residents still lack health insurance. Dallas officials joined the Health and Human Services Secretary urging people to sign up.

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