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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11:40 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Dallas School Security Chief Says No To New Law Letting Teachers Carry Guns In Class

Lead in text: 
Chief Miller worries teachers with just a few weeks of weapons training is too little for safety and security, especially when full time officers receive updated training on a regular basis. McKinney's superintendent also worries that teachers with weapons could be confusing and dangerous to police arriving at an active weapons call on a campus.
Dallas ISD Police Chief Craig Miller reiterated Thursday that he is not a fan of a new law that allows for designated armed employees, or "marshals," in Texas schools and said that his district will not participate in the optional program. "I question giving a teacher a couple weeks' training
Education
3:32 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Top Math And Science Teachers Do North Texas Proud

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching go to eight Texans, four of whom work in North Texas
U.S. Department of Education

Eight Texas math and science teachers were named finalists of the 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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Education
11:15 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Sibling Revelry: Sister-Brother Team Wins Business Competition

Alisha and Danyial Hamid, winners of the BizCamp entrepreneur contest.
Janelle O'Haugherty Fidelity Investments

A few weeks back, we brought you the story of teenage entrepreneurs spending a chunk of their summers making their pitch at BizCamp in Irving’s MacArthur High School.  Now, the results are in, and top honors went to two of the kids we spotlighted -- the sister-brother team of Alisha and Danyial Hamid.

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Arts
5:21 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Country Singer Randy Travis Hospitalized In Critical Condition

Country Singer Randy Travis, who's in the hospital listed in critical condition with cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle disease.
Webster and Associates

Travis was admitted to a Texas hospital Sunday and is listed in critical condition, says his publicity agent.  The Grammy winner is suffering from complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy.  

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Education
11:07 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Irving ISD Names Debbie Cabrera Interim Superintendent

Irving ISD's school board during 7am meeting when they announced Debbie Cabrera as interim superintendent. President Steven Jones wears the purple shirt. Trustee Lee Mosty was absent.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

The Irving school board named an interim superintendent today, and it’s Debbie Cabrera. Her permanent job is associate superintendent of business services. But the board is still not talking about Monday’s resignation of Superintendent Dana Bedden.  

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Education
10:49 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Irving ISD Superintendent Bedden Resigns

Irving's School Board accepting Superintendent Bedden's resignation. Larry Stipes third from left, Bedden fourth from left, trustee Jones far right
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Irving Independent School District  Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden has resigned, effective immediately.  Bedden and trustees cited philosophical differences. But no board  members or Dr. Bedden would talk about the agreement or how much it will cost.

UPDATE

KERA has now obtained the resignation agreement between Dr. Bedden and Irving ISD’s board, below. It will pay Bedden $260,000 – a little less than his annual salary – if he doesn’t find a similar job in another school system by September 20th. 

UPDATE

Irving ISD tells KERA that Dr.  Bedden’s resignation agreement allows the former superintendent to use unused leave time up to 60 days to in order to keep getting pay and benefits. Adding up all his leave (from different ways to accrue time, including vacation, sick leave, personal days and EA which is 'exemplary attendance') Bedden has a total of 54.4 days, which about takes him to September 20th.  

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Education
3:41 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Dallas School Board OKs $1.2 Billion Budget

Dallas school board in session where it passed $1.2 billion budget that funded Miles's programs and pays 2% raises
Bill Zeeble KERA News

The Dallas School Board has adopted a $1.2 billion budget that leaves intact some of the superintendent’s controversial projects despite attempts to de-fund them. The budget will also cover a 2 percent pay raise for teachers and support staff.

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Texas News
1:10 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Zebra Mussels Now In Lake Bridgeport

Zebra mussels are small — only centimeters in size when fully grown.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.

The destructive zebra mussels continue their north Texas invasion. They’ve just been confirmed in Wise County’s Lake Bridgeport, which is owned by the Tarrant Regional Water District.

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Texas News
6:37 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Ruling May Change Little In Texas

Jeff Mateer, General Counsel, Liberty Institute, in Plano. He doesn't expect this ruling will change much in Texas
Bill Zeeble KERA News

What does it mean for Texas now that the U.S. Supreme Court says a key part of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional? Because Texas has its own DOMA law, there will be no immediate changes for most, but for others, perhaps.

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Education
6:27 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Back To School Talk, Already? Dallas' Annual Fair Is Aug. 1

Free school supplies, medical check-ups, entertainment and more will be part of the Mayor's Back to School Fair for thousands who show up.
MTSOfan Flickr.com

The 17th annual Dallas Mayor’s Back to School fair is set for Thursday, Aug. 1, from  8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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