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
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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Education
10:35 am
Mon August 25, 2014

This New Dallas Teacher Is Nervous On His First Day Of School, Just Like The Students

Michael Latorre gets ready for his first day teaching in DISD at Pinkston High School. The native Puerto Rican will teach Spanish.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Today’s the first day of public school in Texas, and for at least one teacher, it’ll be a day of many firsts. Michael Latorre, a veteran teacher who was born in Puerto Rico, got his alternative certification to teach Spanish. And today, he makes his Dallas teaching debut at Pinkston High School.

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KERA's Class Of '17
12:20 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The Pricey Game Of Youth Sports: Using A Private Coach To Boost Hoop Dreams

Ricky Rijos takes a break from the group session with private coach Tyler Relph, at the Sportsplex on Valley View
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Ricky Rijos is ratcheting up his hoop dreams. Ricky, who’s a member of KERA’s Class of ’17, has left one private basketball coach for a new, pricier one – whose clients include NBA and top college players. 

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Education
8:14 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

This Graduation Will Be On Time: Learning To Fix The World's Priciest Watches

All 6 students successfully completed their 2-year course work and graduated from the Swiss watch-making school in Fort Worth.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Yes, there’s TCU and Texas Wesleyan. But Fort Worth is also home to one school without peer: a world-class institution that teaches a handful of select students how to repair the world’s most expensive watches. Meet the Class of 2014, which graduates Wednesday.

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Education
8:19 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Some North Texas Winners, Losers In TEA Annual Ratings

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More Dallas ISD schools need improvement compared to last year, while Duncanville ISD met the state’s minimum standards, which it didn’t a year ago. We sift through more annual school ratings, out today from the Texas Education Agency.

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