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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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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Government
6:14 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Catholic Charities Gets Ready For New Clients: Republicans Prepare Their Next Move

Catholic Charities CEO Arne Nelson and its Director of Immigration and Legal Services, Vanna Slaughter welcomed President Obama's executive order on immigration reform. It will help thousands of clients they work with every day
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Catholic Charities and other advocates for immigrants are making plans to deal with 180,000 North Texans covered by the policy change President Obama unveiled Thursday night. So how’s the idea playing on both sides of the issue?

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Texas News
11:46 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Dallas-Fort Worth Bullet Train Gets The Cold Shoulder

A proposed bullet train from Dallas to Arlington to Fort Worth prompted no public enthusiasm at a Dallas meeting, unlike a possible route from Dallas to Houston. At that meeting, most everyone loved the idea.
Txcentral.com

Transportation officials are traveling the state talking about a proposed bullet train that would whisk travelers from Houston to Dallas in 90 minutes. That plan has gotten a warm reception, but an additional line between Dallas and Fort Worth generally got the cold shoulder at a meeting Thursday night.

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Texas News
5:30 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Two Texans Offer Different Takes On Obama's Immigration Reform

President Obama during an earlier speech.
White House/YouTube/PBS

In a nationally televised address tonight, President Barack Obama says he’ll issue an executive order that will lead to some legal immigration reforms. Here are views from Texans on what that could mean.

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Education
5:30 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Dallas County Has More Than 5,000 Homeless Students

Timothy Simons (center) was among several once-homeless students at an event called See Me Now: Teens Without Homes. It was a gathering of some students and non-profit groups that reach out to kids facing homelessness and other issues
Bill Zeeble KERA News

More than 5,000 homeless kids go to school in Dallas County. KERA talked to some of them about their lives and how pursuing an education motivated them to change their circumstances.

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Education
5:30 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Hispanic Students Talk About Stereotypes, Cultural Pride

Eugenio Trevino's one of several hundred Latino high school students in Dallas for the past few days attending the National Hispanic Institutes annual gathering.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Hundreds of super-bright Latino teens spent four days in Dallas for leadership training. It was part of the National Hispanic Institute’s annual meeting. As part of KERA’s American Graduate Initiative, Bill Zeeble talked with a pair of the students from McAllen about stereotypes of South Texas and cultural pride.

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Education
5:30 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Hundreds Of Latino Teens In Dallas To Learn Leadership Skills

Bianca Mujica attends the Business, Education and Technology Academy in McAllen's South Texas ISD.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

More than 600 Latino high school students from North and Central America are in Dallas for the annual meeting of the National Hispanic Institute. The organization was created to foster future Hispanic leaders, like A.C. Gonazlez, the Dallas city manager and an Institute alum. Meet some of the next generation.  

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Education
10:28 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

How Does Texas Stack Up To Other Pre-K Programs?

Robert Pianta shares his research with Dallas pre-k advocates, including members of Commit! and the Dallas school system
Bill Zeeble KERA News

A new report says Texas faces real obstacles to improve pre-kindergarten education, despite noteworthy efforts in Fort Worth and San Antonio. As part of KERA’s American Graduate Project, one of the study’s lead authors talks about what’s needed.

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Education
4:05 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

English Classes For Adults About To Change In Texas

ESL teacher Jorge Saucedo leads a class about weather in his Fannin school classroom. Student Marina Baldez is a 30 year-old nurse from Mexico who can't be a nurse here until she masters English. Others were in the class too
Bill Zeeble KERA News

For four decades most adults wanting to learn to English have turned to Texas public schools. That will change next summer, causing immediate confusion and concern for some, while others welcome the shift.

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