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
8:08 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

What Led Up to John Wiley Price's Arrest Friday? Here's A Look

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, emerging from Dallas' federal courthouse, where he pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, fraud and other charges
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Dallas County’s longest serving, most controversial and only African American Commissioner, John Wiley Price, was arrested and named in a 13-count indictment today alleging conspiracy, bribery, and fraud. Three co-defendants were also named. A three-year investigation led up to Friday’s arrest. What started it? Here’s a look.

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Business
5:36 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Earnings for American and Southwest Airlines Soar

Less than a year after American Airlines and USAirways merged, the new American made the most money in a quarter than American has ever earned

American Airlines announced its most profitable quarter ever today, and its first dividend since 1980. Southwest also had a record quarter, and announced a companywide bonus. It’s a good time to be an airline based in North Texas.

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Texas News
3:55 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Dallas County To Exonerate Man Who Didn't Request DNA Testing

Craig Watkins is the Dallas County district attorney.
Credit Craig Watkins/Facebook

Dallas County is set to exonerate another North Texan.

What makes this case different is that Michael Phillips didn’t request DNA testing or actively proclaim his innocence. That’s a first for Dallas County – or anywhere in the country, according to the Dallas County District Attorney’s office and the National Registry of Exonerations. 

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Education
8:39 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Clock Is Ticking On Dallas School Home-Rule Charter For November Ballot

Attorney Mark Melton, on the board of the non-profit Educate Dallas, worries state lawmakers could make a home-rule charter much easier if the current effort doesn't put a new charter before voters in November
Bill Zeeble KERA News

More than a month ago, a committee was appointed to rewrite the Dallas school system’s charter under the controversial home-rule process. The panel has to finish that charter by mid-August to get it on the ballot this November. That seems unlikely -- and there could be consequences.

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Education
8:56 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Dallas School Board Extends Contract of Superintendent Mike Miles

The DISD school board back in session at 3:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Early this morning, the Dallas school board voted to extend the contract of Superintendent Mike Miles through July 1st, 2017. Miles won't get a raise but will now be allowed to consult.  The closed session lasting nine hours may have set a Dallas school district record. It began a little past 5:30 p.m. Monday and trustees didn't emerge until almost 2:45 a.m. Tuesday. They then had an additional hour of open discussion.

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Education
7:59 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Prime Prep's Chances of Beating Odds Not Good Says State

Ron Price, Prime Prep's superintendent, will appeal the TEA's decision to close the two year-old charter school. Price used to be a Dallas Independent School District board member
DISD

It’s 4th and long for Deion Sanders’ Prime Prep charter schools, after the state moved this week to shut it down.  Over the years, Prime Prep’s gotten bad press for public fights between co-founders, the possible illegal transfer of student athletes, and alleged governance violations. But what caused the TEA’s announcement is school lunches.

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Education
7:05 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Jerry Harris, "Class of 17," Lives Two Different Lives

Jerry Harris at home in Coppell with sister Abbey. A few weeks here and it's back to Ardmore, Oklahoma with his father.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Jerry Harris lives two different lives. His parents are divorced, and he spent the past school year with dad in Ardmore, Oklahoma. This summer, he’s with mom and sister in Coppell. We catch up with Jerry, a member of KERA’s Class of ’17.

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Education
5:30 am
Tue July 15, 2014

PBS Asks: Are Baton Rouge Schools 'Separate And Unequal'? We Look At North Texas

Lloyd Potter is director of the Texas State Data Center, which oversees demographic research.
Credit UT San Antonio

Six decades after the U.S. Supreme Court said racially divided schools were unconstitutional, a curious thing has happened. Many school systems are more segregated than ever, but in a completely different way. Tonight, PBS Frontline takes a look at this phenomenon in Baton Rouge, La., in a documentary called Separate and Unequal. What about the numbers in North Texas?

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Texas News
8:07 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

DART's Direct DFW Rail Line Makes Preview Run

DART's Orange Line train approaches the final stop at DFW Airport by Terminal A.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Next month, North Texas travelers will have a whole new commuting option in and out of DFW Airport. DART’s Orange Line will run directly to the airport beginning mid-August.  DART offered a first ride on the new line this morning.

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Texas News
2:11 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Watch DART Train Roll Into New D/FW Airport Station (Video)

DART train service to D/FW International Airport starts Aug. 18.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

DART trains will soon be arriving at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The train service starts Aug. 18. 

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