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
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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Education
12:25 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

North Texas School Districts Receive College Readiness Distinction

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The Texas Education Agency has just released its 2014 accountability ratings for schools, and several North Texas school districts received a distinction designation for post-secondary readiness.

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Education
5:45 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

The Clock's Ticking For School Immunizations

6 year-old Stacie Guice(l), mom Dawn Guice, and 4 year-old Makayla awaiting immunization shots at Dallas County's Health And Human Services clinic
Bill Zeeble KERA News

With public school starting in a little more than two weeks, county health departments are seeing more and more families packing their clinics to get kids’ shots.

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Education
12:05 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Dallas Home-Rule Charter Won't Be On Fall Ballot

The 15-member home-rule commission plans to schedule community meetings over the course of two months, but hasn't set any dates yet. The charter they'll write needed to be ready by mid-August to make the fall election. That can't possibly happen.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

There will be no new Dallas home-rule school charter on November’s ballot. That outcome became clear soon after the home-rule commission met Monday night for only the second time.

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Education
7:25 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Dallas Back To School Fair Draws 35,000

The Jenkins family in line for free vision testing at the 18th annual Dallas back to school fair in Fair Park.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

With the first day of school in Dallas a little more than three weeks away, thousands of kids and their parents flocked to the city’s annual Mayor's Back to School Fair today. They were lured to Fair Park by free backpacks (filled with supplies), health checks, and a good time.

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Education
2:05 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Free School Supplies, Health Checks Friday At Dallas Mayor's Back To School Fair

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will be at the Back to School Fair early Friday to greet parents and kids, and talk to the media about the event. The Dallas School Fair's one of the nation's biggest.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Free school supplies will be handed out at the 18th annual Mayor’s Back to School Fair in Dallas. It opens at 8 a.m. Friday in Fair Park.

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