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
3:30 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Prime Prep Academy, A Troubled Charter School, Shutting Down Today

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The troubled Prime Prep Academy, co-founded by football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, closed its doors for good today.

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Arts
2:21 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Dallas Opera's 'Everest' Has Its World Premiere Tonight

The Everest opera set, in the Winspear Opera House, where its world premiere is set for Friday night.
Karen Almond Dallas Opera

Celebrated British composer Joby Talbot has written for film, television and ballet. Now, at 43, he’s composed his first opera that gets its world premiere by the Dallas Opera Friday night. Everest tells a tale pulled together from survivor stories, including that of North Texan Dr. Beck Weathers.

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Education
4:21 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Prime Prep Charter In Default At Last-Chance Hearing

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It’s the beginning of the end for Prime Prep Academy. The troubled charter school co-founded by former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders has been under scrutiny for quite some time. Today it was supposed to appear at a hearing, but school officials never showed.

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Health/Science
11:26 am
Tue January 27, 2015

What's Gender Dysphoria? This 15-Year-Old Will Tell You

Kammie, on the left, with her mother, Christina Pippin. At 18 months old, Kammie was exhibiting female traits in contrast to having a boy's anatomy, Pippin says.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

When your anatomy says you’re one gender, but early on you know you’re not, what can you do? Where can you go for help?

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Texas News
5:15 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Dallas To Houston Bullet Train Still On Track

Plans for the proposed high-speed rail line from Dallas to Houston continue.
Texas Central Railway

Plans for the proposed high-speed rail line from Dallas to Houston continue. Environmental impact studies are under way for the line, which would cost several billion dollars and be privately funded. On Friday, the president of the company behind the rail line gave an update.

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Texas News
5:30 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Bishop T.D. Jakes And Other Faith Leaders Gather To Help Heal Racial Strife

A group of nationally recognized Christian leaders joined TD Jakes Thursday at his Potter's House. Here (l-r) James Robison, Leith Anderson, ambassador Andrew Young, TD Jakes
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Bishop T.D. Jakes brought together an all-star line-up of national Christian leaders to North Texas Thursday. Their goal? To help heal recent racial strife across America.

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Education
6:20 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Texas Education Commissioner Will Name Managers To Oversee Prime Prep

Ron Price, when he was ending his service on the Dallas school board. More recently, he was named Superintendent of Prime Prep Academy. This week, he said he would step down. Now, the TEA says it'll step in to manage the charter.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

The Texas Education Commissioner said late this afternoon he will appoint a board of managers to oversee leadership at Prime Prep Academy, a charter held by Uplift Fort Worth.   Commissioner Michael Williams said that Prime Prep’s “recent deterioration” of the its financial situation compelled his action.

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Education
5:30 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Dallas ISD's Newest Drop-In Center Helps Students In Need

The Dallas ISD's newest drop-in center opened at Madison High School to help homeless students
Bill Zeeble KERA News

The Dallas school district recently opened two new high school drop-in centers to help students in need, including homeless kids. The district has partnered with a non-profit group to help remove the stigma from kids afraid to say they’re homeless. The newest center is in Madison High near Fair Park.

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Business
2:17 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

What's The Real Economic Impact Of Tonight's College Football Championship?

The AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the College Football Championship game tonight between Oregon and Ohio State
Steve Carlton Flickr.com

Backers boast that tonight’s College Football Championship game in Arlington will bring in as much as half a billion dollars to North Texas. We heard similar numbers about last April’s Final Four. And four years ago, the impact of the Super Bowl was estimated as high as $611 million. But are those sky-high estimates grounded in reality?

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Education
11:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

A North Texas First, Coming Soon: A Charter School Within The Walls Of A Public School

Uplift CEO Yasmin Batia, at the lectern, has been talking with Grand Prairie Supterintendent Susan Hull for several years to plan a public school-charter school partnership.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

The Grand Prairie school district and Uplift charter schools just announced a first in North Texas: A partnership that will put a charter school within a public school.

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