Rick Holter

Vice President of News

Rick Holter is KERA's vice president of news. He oversees news coverage on all of KERA's platforms – radio, digital and television. He returned to Dallas in 2012 after six years at NPR, where he edited the shows Weekend All Things Considered and Day to Day, and supervised the Digital News operation. Before that, Rick spent 15 years at The Dallas Morning News, after editing stints at what was then the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) in Florida and the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.

He’s collected honors including USC-Getty Arts Journalism Fellowships in 2005 and 2011, a National Headliners Award (2010), a NLGJA Award (2009) and numerous newspaper design awards. He also edited and designed a Pulitzer Prize-winning feature series (1992). A graduate of the University of Maryland, he grew up on a dairy farm in Middletown, Md.

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Texas News
6:11 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

A Friend Fleshes Out The Picture Of John Wiley Price: 'We Are All Stunned'

Credit Gerald Britt says County Commissioner John Wiley Price's arrest created an "incredible sadness" in the African American community.

A 107-page federal indictment of County Commissioner John Wiley Price and three others painted a picture of conspiracy, tax fraud, and nearly $1 million in bribes. Rev. Gerald Britt says that’s not the whole picture. Britt, who’s vice president for public policy at CitySquare, wrote an op-ed column in today’s Dallas Morning News about the case and sat down with KERA.

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Friday Conversation
12:54 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

New Bike Czar Ashley Haire On The Roadblocks To Making Dallas Bike-Friendly

Ashley Haire moved to Texas two years ago to work on the "Horseshoe" highway project in downtown Dallas. She took over as the city of Dallas' bike coordinator in May.
Credit Portland State University

No doubt about it: North Texas is car country. The League of American Bicyclists ranked the 70 biggest U.S. cities in share of bike commuters, and four of the bottom 12 were in North Texas. Dallas came in at No. 65, and the city's new bike czar, Ashley Haire, is determined to change that. She sits down with KERA's vice president of news, Rick Holter, in this week's Friday Conversation.

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Health/Science
4:48 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Reporter/Doctor Talks Of The Flight 17 Death Of Her Mentor, AIDS Researcher Joep Lange

Seema Yasmin is a professor in practice at the University of Texas at Dallas and a staff writer at the Dallas Morning News.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

The Malaysia Airlines tragedy last week has rocked the world of AIDS research. An international AIDS conference started Sunday with a tribute to the half-dozen researchers who died on Flight 17. 

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Awards
3:17 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

KERA News Adds 6 Trophies To Award Shelf; That's 21 So Far This Year

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KERA News collected a half-dozen trophies last weekend, these from the Houston Press Club's Lone Star Awards. That brings the station's total award haul this year to 21 -- including second place for best newscast among large stations nationally from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. Here's a rundown of the station's awards this year.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

WATCH: President Obama Speaks About Russia And Ukraine

President Obama announces sanctions against Russia on Wednesday.
PBS NewsHour

At the White House, President Obama spoke this afternon about sanctions the U.S. will impose on Russia and a number of companies based there. Here's NPR's news story.

And here's the PBS NewsHour feed of the president's speech.

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Immigration
12:00 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Wrestling With A 'Tsunami' Of Overwrought Language About The Immigrant Children

Many of the children who've crossed the border illegally this year have arrived without their parents
Delcia Lopez Texas Tribune

As the nation focuses its attention on unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, politicians and the media keep reaching for more extreme words to describe them -- the "waves" of children "pouring" across the border in a "tsunami" of a humanitarian "crisis." KERA's Rick Holter talks with NPR's standards and practices editor, Mark Memmott, about this verbal escalation.

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KERA Newsroom
7:19 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

From The Newsroom: Obama In Dallas, And DARTing From DFW

President Obama flew from Denver to Dallas Wednesday on Air Force One. Then, he and Gov. Rick Perry took a helicopter to a meeting near Love Field in Dallas.
WhiteHouse.gov

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: President Obama makes a quick stop in Dallas to talk immigration with Gov. Rick Perry, County Judge Clay Jenkins and other government and religious leaders. KERA's Bill Zeeble gets a sneak peek at the DART Orange Line to DFW Airport, which will open Aug. 18 -- four months earlier than scheduled. And Lauren Silverman learns about the unintended consequences of hot or cold temperatures.

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Friday Conversation
6:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Judge Clay Jenkins On His Visit to McAllen, Plans For Immigrant Children

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins (right) tells KERA's Rick Holter: "This is about children. It’s a core American value."
Justin Martin KERA News

With a single statement last weekend, County Judge Clay Jenkins put Dallas in the center of the national debate over the 52,000 immigrant children who’ve crossed the U.S.-Mexico border since last fall.

Jenkins offered to take roughly 2,000 of the kids into new temporary North Texas centers by the end of the month. In this week’s Friday Conversation, the county’s top official sits down with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter.

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Friday Conversation
6:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Trey Bowles On Jumping, Not Diving, Into Entrepreneurship

Trey Bowles, CEO of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, tells KERA's Rick Holter: "We talk about the idea of jumping into entrepreneurship as opposed to diving in because if you jump in you may bruise your tailbone but if you dive in you can break your neck."
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Incubators and accelerators are popping up across the country to help startups bloom. And in the year since the Dallas Entrepreneur Center put down roots, the nonprofit has moved into new downtown space and teamed up on an incubator in Addison.

Trey Bowles is CEO of the operation known as The DEC, and he joins KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, for this week’s Friday Conversation.

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Friday Conversation
6:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

After 36 Years At Booker T., Dance Icon Lily Cabatu Weiss Takes Final Curtain Call

Lily Cabatu Weiss talks to KERA's Vice President of News Rick Holter about her storied career at Booker T. Washington and the impact of Bruce Wood's death on the North Texas dance community.
Christina Ulsh KERA News

The last few weeks have rocked the North Texas dance community. Choreographer Bruce Wood died suddenly. Ann Williams retired from that Dallas Black Dance Theatre that she founded. And the woman who trained many of North Texas’ top dancers, Lily Cabatu Weiss, is stepping away from the barre at Booker T. Washington high school. She stopped by for this week's this week’s Friday Conversation.

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