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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A lawyer specializing in white collar financial crime says Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton faces tough felony charges alleged in Monday’s unsealed indictments. Paxton says he’s not guilty, while Democrats want him to resign.

The Cliburn

Virtuosity can be a tough thing to get a handle on – that’s exactly what a new documentary on the Cliburn International Piano Competition aims to do.The chronicle of the 2013 Cliburn in Fort Worth premieres nationally tonight on PBS. And KERA is the presenting station. 

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Quinn Mason’s been writing music for more than half his life, and he’s only 19. It’s been a life of challenges – he grew up the son of a single mom,  in a tough Dallas neighborhood, and he has Asperger’s syndrome, on the autism spectrum.  Quinn just got back from winning a national composition contest.

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On Tuesdays for the next several weeks, we’re looking into the remarkable number of help-wanted ads for school superintendents across the country, from Los Angeles to Newark to Fort Worth. Today we dig into the checkered history of the top job in Dallas. With Mike Miles’ departure last month, the district is looking for its eighth permanent leader in two decades. How has that turnover shaped a struggling district that’s the second largest in the state?

American Airlines Group

Fort Worth based American Airlines set an all-time earnings record today for the second quarter; it made nearly $2 billion. That news comes a day after Dallas-based Southwest announced its OWN all-time best.

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Today, the state set some fairly ambitious goals today: it wants three of every five employed Texans to have college degrees within fifteen years. We’re not close now.  The Commissioner of Higher Education explains.

Texas Central

Texas Central Partners introduced a new CEO today -- and announced that it’s raised $75 million for its private bullet train. The high speed rail would whisk riders between Dallas and Houston in 90 minutes, with a stop near College Station.  Here’s the new CEO Tim Keith with his take on the project.

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Summer school’s now in session for science teachers. It’s being run by the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and Kosmos Energy. The classes target teachers who want to get their students excited about science.

Grant Miller / George W. Bush Presidential Center

It was a first. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton shared the stage with a different kind of leader: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who’s also on TV’s Shark Tank.

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An oddball bit of presidential history gets made tonight in Dallas. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will share a stage at the Bush Presidential institute with billionaire Shark Tank panelist and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

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