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Bill Zeeble

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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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It’s official. The Dallas School Board hired Mike Miles last night as DISD’s new Superintendent. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports Miles will tackle his duties even sooner than the scheduled July 1st start date.

In the aftermath of Kern Wildenthal’s resignation as special assistant to UT Southwestern Medical Center’s president, the school says it will immediately strengthen audit functions.

Scientists say there’s enough wasted energy in Texas to power our lights for centuries. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports on SMU researchers and a business who are turning waste heat from oil and gas wells into electricity.

Plano ISD’s incoming superintendent, Richard Matkin, officially takes over next month. For eleven years, he was the Chief Financial Officer, then filled the interim role since February. KERA’s Bill Zeeble talked to Matkin about the challenges he faces at the increasingly diverse Plano ISD.

The Texas Education Agency says it’s re-evaluating the way it approves tutoring companies who bill millions in federal dollars for services. KERA’s Bill Zeeble follows up on last week’s DISD report of alleged fraud by some companies.

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An auditing firm hired by the Dallas Independent School district says it has uncovered falsified documents linked to significant fraud through tutoring services. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports hundreds of students who needed help may never have received it.

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One of the fastest growing charter school operators in north Texas is Uplift Education. This August, it’ll open its first Fort Worth schools and its newest Dallas campus in Deep Ellum. KERA Bill Zeeble wondered, who is Uplift Education?

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Plano’s school board could pick a superintendent finalist at tonight’s special board meeting. The search is to replace Doug Otto, who stepped down in January.

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With more bad weather predicted for North Texas, Lancaster officials want residents to sign up for the free Code Red Weather Warning system. 

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Texas Governor Rick Perry expects rapid federal relief for the North Texas communities ravaged by Tuesday’s tornadoes. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports Perry met with Lancaster residents, where hundreds of homes sustained twister damage and many were destroyed.

In Arlington, residents are assessing damage and cleaning up after Tuesday’s destructive tornadoes. KERA’s Bill Zeeble visited some of the city’s hardest hit neighborhoods.

Tornado Hits Forney

Apr 4, 2012

The Diamond Creek community in Forney was especially hard hit by yesterday’s tornado. Police say it damaged 73 homes, 23 severely. KERA’s Bill Zeeble visited one street where the twister took a big toll.

It’s 6:15 as the sun sets and birds sing. A helicopter hovers high above Woodberry, usually a well manicured street. But just hours ago, a twister tore through here. Sharon Mitchell saw it from her house. She says it bobbed up and down, up and down, then veered toward her two story brick home. She took her daughter and 3 grand children into the closet and prayed.

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The Dallas School Board has picked Mike Miles to be the district’s next Superintendent. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports the former Army Ranger and U.S. Diplomat has been the superintendent in Colorado Springs since 2006.

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Dallas’ signature Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge opens to traffic today, nearly a month after a weekend of opening parties. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports lane barricades may be lifted this afternoon.

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Third through ninth grade public school students take the new STAAR test today, for the first time. KERA’s Bill Zeeble has more on the “end of course” State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness tests.

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Bankrupt AMR, parent company of American Airlines, has told its unions that without more concessions, it will move to cancel all contracts next week in court.

At least twice in the past few days, a homeless man tried talking to Fort Worth State Senator Wendy Davis about a Michigan taser incident. She wasn’t in the office. Then Cedric Steele left part of a dead animal for Davis, calling it a new species he wanted her to know about. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports the next day, Steele fire-bombed her office.

Victims of bullies and those picked on because they’re gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered have federal law on their side. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports that was one of the messages at a university conference that featured the U.S. Attorney General.

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Texas high school graduation rates are up compared to a decade ago. But KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports they lag behind the national average, and fall even farther behind a nationwide goal of graduating 9 out of 10 students.

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The Dallas School Board gets its first list of superintendent hopefuls from its search firm tomorrow. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports trustees could name a new leader in a month.

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has petitioned to throw out part of the Voting Rights Act, saying it’s unconstitutional. It follows the Justice Department’s move earlier this week to block the state’s Voter ID law. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports one professor isn’t sure The AG’s argument is persuasive enough.

The celebration was boisterous but bittersweet, on the last day of DFW Airport’s Welcome Home A Hero program. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports that after eight years, the program is ending because fewer troops are returning to the states for some R&R.

Dallas-based UT Southwestern Medical School scored the highest rank in the state for medical schools, according to U.S. News and World Report. KERA’s Bill Zeeble has more on Texas graduate schools the magazine rated among the nation’s best.

Texas Republicans are fuming over the U.S. Justice Department’s rejection of the state’s Voter Identification law. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports as a result of the ruling, primary voters may not have to produce a photo ID in order to cast a ballot this spring.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the economy is much stronger than just a few years ago, but tax reform is needed for sustained growth. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports some in the energy industry who attended Geithner’s Dallas appearance disagree with the Secretary.

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President Obama’s mortgage relief for military service members and homeowners with Federal Housing Administration loans could affect up to three million people. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports that may impact just a fraction of those who need help.

 

Outgoing Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison says the earmark moratorium backed by Senate Republicans and President Obama focuses on the wrong subject. 

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After months of protests, Korean convenience store owner Thomas Pak has apologized for racial slurs uttered to an African American in his South Dallas store. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports the apology has been accepted by some, but not everyone.

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The  teacher “sick out” called for today by an anonymous Dallas teacher never materialized, according to the DISD. 

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