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
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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Education
6:33 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Tennis Star Andre Agassi Serves Up Cash For KIPP Charter School

Andre Agassi, at KIPP Destiny charter school in Dallas' Red Bird Area. Some of his millions helped convert the former department store into a school.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Former tennis champ Andre Agassi lent his star power to officially open a Dallas charter school Wednesday. The star also contributed millions from his education fund to launch the KIPP Destiny elementary school.

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Education
5:06 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Dallas School Board Candidate Sues Opponent, Claiming He's Ineligible To Serve

Miguel Solis (left) is accused by Kristi Lara of not living in District 8 the required six months prior to his filing to run as a candidate. Solis denies the charge.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

In the Dallas school board race that could affect the superintendent,  candidate Kristi Lara has sued opponent Miguel Solis. She alleges Solis doesn’t legally live in the 8th district where they’re running. Solis denies it.

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10:40 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Dallas School Board Candidate Accuses Opponent Of Residency Violation

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And if Kristi Lara is right, Miguel Solis would be ineligible to run. But Solis denies the allegations, says he's a legal resident in District 8, and that Lara's accusation is a desperation ploy, The Dallas Morning News reports. Solis or his attorney must respond "by 10 o'clock of the Monday next following the expiration of twenty days," or Solis could lose by default.
Education
5:30 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Dallas School Board Race Could Affect Mike Miles' Future

Miguel Solis (left) is hoping to fill the seat previously held by Adam Medrano, now on Dallas’ City Council. Kristi Lara (right) is also aiming to win the District 8 seat.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Dallas voters are going to the polls to elect a school board member in District 8, which includes the Love Field area and parts of central and northwest Dallas. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports the choice could affect the future of Superintendent Mike Miles.

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