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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Elections
12:53 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Miguel Solis Defeats Kristi Lara To Win Dallas ISD Board Seat

Trustee-elect Miguel Solis at Tuesday night's victory party, talking to supporters. He'll replace Adam Medrano, who resigned to run for the Dallas City Council.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

By a nearly two-to-one margin, first-time candidate Miguel Solis defeated another newcomer, Kristi Lara, in the Dallas school board race for District 8. Solis' victory on Tuesday might represent another vote in support of embattled Superintendent Mike Miles.

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Arts & Culture
5:30 am
Mon November 4, 2013

50 Years Later, Has Dallas Come To Terms With JFK Assassination?

A notable group of speakers at Saturday's JFK Symposium included PBS journalist Jim Lehrer and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

A half-century later, has Dallas come to terms with the Kennedy assassination? The answer to that question, explored at a citywide symposium on Saturday, depends on whom you ask.

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Education
6:15 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Dallas ISD Teacher Evaluation Plan Could End Pay Hikes Based On Seniority

Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles, addressing a crowded Chamber of Commerce in his State of the District presentation. Over the next several months, he'll roll out more details about his proposed teacher evaluation re-do.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles wants to end a long tradition of granting pay hikes based on seniority. Instead, he wants to base them on performance evaluations. This is just one proposed change in teacher evaluations creating ripples in the schools.

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Education
4:27 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Dallas School Board Candidate Drops Her Suit Against Opponent

Dallas School Board District 8 hopefuls Miguel Solis (left), and Kristi Lara. Lara dropped her suit today that alleged Solis was not legally living in the district. He denied the charge from the start.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Dallas District 8 school board candidate Kristi Lara has dropped her lawsuit against opponent Miguel Solis.

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Education
2:24 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

In High School And Love Space Program? NASA Has A Scholarship For You

Astronaut training center, Johnson Space Center in Houston. This mock-up of the international space station helps astronauts get familiar with the layout before they arrive.
amanderson2 Flickr.com

NASA and Texas are offering the state’s high school juniors a chance to spend part of their summer in Houston’s Johnson Space Center. The scholarship program amounts to more than space camp.

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1:45 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Judge Says No In Request To Dismiss Residency Challenge In Dallas School Board Race

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District 8 trustee hopeful Miguel Solis asked the judge to dismiss opponent Kristi Lara's suit alleging he hasn't lived in the district the legally required six months. Solis denies the allegation, saying he meets all requirements. The case continues.
Texas News
1:23 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Mixed Emotions For Judge's Ruling On Texas Abortion Law

Gary Garland and others protesting outside Fort Worth's new Planned Parenthood Health Center
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Fort Worth’s new Planned Parenthood center would have stopped offering abortions if the new Texas abortion law had gone into effect this week. A federal judge ruled that certain new abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are unconstitutional and should not take effect. Outside the center, reviews were mixed.

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12:51 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

In Dallas ISD, A Hot School Board Race Heats Up Even More

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School board races, no matter how important to parents, students, or taxpayers, bring notoriously poor turnout. Even if this one's no different, the race in Dallas ISD District 8 between Miguel Solis and Kristi Lara is getting nastier. Its outcome could influence the future of DISD Superintendent Mike Miles. So far, Lara has sued Solis over an alleged residency violation. Now The Dallas Morning News reports that Solis has filed a complaint against Lara for election sign violations.
12:01 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Dallas School Board Will Now Oversee District's Investigative Office, Not Superintendent

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As expected, trustees have removed oversight of the Office of Professional Responsibility from Superintendent Mike Miles. This follows the Coggins report that found Miles violated some district rules regarding that office.
Education
5:41 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Plano School Leaders Want 13-Cent Tax Hike To Ease Budget Pains

Plano Superintendent Richard Matkin, who says if the school property tax isn't approved, the district will have to fire 300 teachers and kill numerous programs that help set Plano schools apart.
Plano ISD

The Plano school district wants voters to approve a 13-cent property tax hike. Without it, the superintendent says the district must make serious cuts. A fiscal watchdog group, though, urges a “no” vote.

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