Jeff Whittington

Executive Producer and Host

Jeff Whittington is executive producer for special projects and KERA's Think series, as well as host of Anything You Ever Wanted to Know on KERA 90.1. He also created and launched the KXT Live Sessions series for KXT 91.7.

Jeff's work at KERA has been honored with awards from the Dallas Bar Association, the Dallas ObserverD Magazine, the Texas AP Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors (PRNDI) and with regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). In 2015, a project he led – One Crisis Away – was recognized nationally by both PRNDI and the RTDNA in conjunction with the National Endowment for Financial Education. From 2009 to 2015, Jeff moderated the State of the Arts conversation series at the Dallas Museum of Art. He has also served on the Press Club of Dallas Board of Directors and is a 2009 alumnus of the FBI Dallas Citizens Academy.

A graduate of the University of North Texas, Jeff is also a rock musician and songwriter. He appeared in the 2006 world premiere of Waiting for a Train: The Life and Songs of Jimmie Rodgers at the Undermain Theatre in Dallas and in 2013, released Whittington - a solo album produced by Grammy Award-winner Stuart Sikes.

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A new study shows 38 million Americans are renting apartments and homes. In Dallas, the home ownership rate is significantly below the national average.

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70-year-old Texas blues and rock legend Johnny Winter died in Switzerland earlier this week. He was a few months away from releasing his new studio album, Step Back.  KERA’s executive producer Jeff Whittington talked about Winter’s career with writer Joe Nick Patoski.

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Rockwall’s Ralph Hall is, at 91, the oldest member ever of the U.S. House. He faces the toughest challenge of his 34-year congressional career Tuesday against former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe. Hall says he’s running on his record of experience and success.

Mayra Millan is the daughter of a single mother. And they’re tight.

So when Mom was diagnosed with congestive heart failure a couple of years back, “I was devastated,” Mayra tells KERA’s Krys Boyd. “The good thing is, I didn’t have to learn the hard way. She’s doing fine now.”

Ashley Tilley wasn’t completely alone. She had her older sister along at least some of the time while she was bouncing around the foster care system. Her mother was coping with a mental illness, so Ashley had to come to terms with a new normal.

She tells KERA’s Krys Boyd that she and her sister are “just now talking about it ’cause it’s a shock…. You think it’s normal until you see other people and then it’s not.”

Scottie Gipson wants to own his own business. And after dropping out for three years, he now knows he’ll need to finish high school and go to college to accomplish that goal.

Scottie didn’t have a very stable life as a kid. His father’s been in and out of prison; he says his mother didn’t really seem to care whether he went to school or not. Scottie dropped out at 15 and began using and selling drugs to make ends meet.

When Prabhesh Patel was 5 years old, his father was killed in a car accident that also severely injured his mother. “She went into a coma for about three months,” he tells KERA’s Krys Boyd. “She couldn’t remember my parents or my dad, or really that I was even her son, which was a little scary.”

As his mom recovered, Prabhesh poured his energy into school and work. He graduated from Fort Worth’s South Hills High School last spring, and he’s now on a full scholarship at Texas Christian University.

Jarrell Brown is an achiever, and even after meeting him you might not know just how difficult it was for him to get good grades, play sports and win college scholarships.

Brought up in a tough neighborhood, Jarrell worked hard in school, was elected  president of his senior class at Dallas’ South Oak Cliff High School and earned a full ride to Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he’s just started his freshman year.

Leslie Beltran didn’t think she’d ever graduate from high school. After she got pregnant at 15 and dropped out, she tells KERA’s Krys Boyd, “Education really didn’t cross my mind. It didn’t seem as important to me as having the baby.”

Everyone agrees that graduation is a crucial milestone on the path to adulthood. And according to a recent Education Week report, the national graduation rate has actually increased to nearly 75 percent – a level not seen since the 1970s.