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.


Friday Conversation
7:15 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Chief Nursing Officer Reflects On 'Very Challenging Time' For Presbyterian Hospital

Chief nursing officer Cole Edmonson oversees 1,300 nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
Krystina Martinez KERA News

Cole Edmonson has spent the last month facing the biggest challenge of his career. He’s chief nursing officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, which means he oversees 1,300 nurses. One of them, Nina Pham, was declared Ebola-free and released today from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. The other, Amber Vinson, has tested negative for the virus but is still being treated in Atlanta.

Edmonson sat down with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, for this week’s Friday Conversation.

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Friday Conversation
7:07 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Meet The Man Who Aims For A 90-Minute Bullet Train Ride From Dallas To Houston

Robert Eckels is the president of Texas Central Railway, the private company behind the bullet train project. Eckels was a county judge for years in Harris County.
Krystina Martinez KERA News

Bullet trains fire up regularly between cities in Europe. In Japan, the state-of-the-art Shinkansen trains can reach 200 miles per hour. Robert Eckels, president of Texas Central Railway, is determined to bring that same bullet train to Texas. His goal: a 90-minute commute from Dallas to Houston. 

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Friday Conversation
7:47 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Ex-Astronaut Ed Lu On Deflecting Asteroids And Building The Private Space Business

Ed Lu spent over 200 days in space and now owns a company that identifies and re-directs asteroids.
Adelina Sun KERA News

The private space business is booming, and Texas is a primary launch pad. For this week’s Friday Conversation, KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, sits down with Ed Lu – a longtime astronaut who now has his own space company.

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Friday Conversation
7:07 am
Fri September 12, 2014

National Geographic CEO Gary Knell: 'We're Educating Folks From Cradle To Cane'

National Geographic CEO Gary Knell.
National Geographic Society

Gary Knell’s career as a CEO started on Sesame Street, wound through NPR, and now has landed at the National Geographic Society. He’s in town today to speak at a North Texas Commission luncheon in Irving.

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Friday Conversation
6:37 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Rob Rennaker: For Military Vets, The College Experience Can Be Isolating

Rob Rennaker served in the United States Marine Corps for five years. He participated in Operation Sharp Edge in Liberia, Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Kuwait and Provide Comfort in Yugoslavia.
Courtney Collins KERA News

The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that a million veterans and their dependents have enrolled in college in the last four years. That means a very different college experience for students, professors and administrators.

Rob Rennaker has seen all of those perspectives – he’s a Marine who went back to school after serving in Kuwait, Yugoslavia and Liberia, and he now heads the bioengineering department at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Friday Conversation
9:58 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Tim Rogers On How 'D' Magazine Keeps Up With A Changing Dallas

Portraits by 'D' photographer Elizabeth Lavin are shown at Klyde Warren Park.
Adelina Sun KERA News

D Magazine is marking its 40th anniversary with a diverse list of personalities that suggest a new currency of power in the city. A special issue and exhibit at Klyde Warren Park feature portraits of these individuals -- GLBT activists, immigrants, and, yes, moguls among them -- by photographer Elizabeth Lavin. For this week's Friday Conversation, D editor Tim Rogers met KERA's Rick Holter at the park. 

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Friday Conversation
2:52 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Dallas Police Chief David Brown: Shouting Is What Leads To Healing

Dallas Police Chief David Brown: "I would much rather have a couple of hundred folks shouting at me in a church than on a protest line after a police shooting."
Dallas Police Department

It’s been almost two weeks since a police officer shot an unarmed man in Ferguson, Mo., and only in the last few days has the suburban St. Louis town started to calm down. In today's Friday Conversation, Dallas Police Chief David Brown talks about how he's managed to avoid that kind of unrest and whether law enforcement has become too militarized.

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Friday Conversation
7:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Tanya Habjouqa On Looking At The World Through A Different Lens

A photo from the "Occupied Pleasures" series. A woman is pictured using a tunnel to cross into Egypt for a wedding.
Tanya Habjouqa

Tanya Habjouqa sees things differently than the rest of us. She’s a photographer who was born in Jordan, raised in North Texas and now lives in the Middle East. Her images have appeared everywhere from the New York Times to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and she won a World Press photo award this year.

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KERA Newsroom
7:37 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

From The Newsroom: Urban Life In The Burbs, And Community College For Free?

Downtown Plano is now a mix of historical structures, modern apartments, restaurants and bars.
City of Plano

Tonight's top local stories from the KERA newsroom: The Democrat running for lieutenant governor wants to give all Texas kids two years of free community college; her Republican opponent says, “We feel she has chosen to spend more money to achieve less." Urban life is becoming a fact of life in the suburbs. And the plight of the high school principal.

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Texas News
7:03 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Deconstructing The Dallas Budget: Libraries, Animals Get A Boost; Police Get Cut

City Manager A.C. Gonzalez, shown shortly after he got the job in February, presents his first budget to the Dallas City Council on Tuesday
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

A.C. Gonzalez is six months into his job as Dallas' city manager, and Tuesday, he’ll present his first official budget to the city council. It includes a $5 million cut in police funding -- meaning 35 fewer officers -- and more money for libraries and animal services. Gonzalez sat down with KERA a day before his big reveal.

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