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
8:30 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Former Senator Olympia Snowe Talks Hyper-Partisanship And The State Of Congress

Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Olympia Snowe is the only woman to have served in both houses of the Maine legislature and both houses of Congress. Two years ago, the moderate Republican retired from the U.S. Senate, citing the surge in hyper-partisanship and extremism. This week, she was in Dallas to speak at a Planned Parenthood awards luncheon -- and she talked with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, in this week’s Friday Conversation.

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Friday Conversation
8:13 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Former President Jimmy Carter: Religions Have A Role In Abuse And Degradation Of Women

Former President Jimmy Carter has a new book out, called "Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power."
The Carter Center

Jimmy Carter is on a mission. The 89-year-old former president has issued a blunt manifesto in book form titled A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power. In today’s Friday Conversation, President Carter talks with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, about what he calls “the human and civil rights struggle of our time” – how religions have systematically denigrated women, leading to prejudice, infanticide and horrific violence.

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2:27 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

As NCAA Tournament Arrives In North Texas, Rating The Final Four Teams

This weekend, about 80,000 folks are expected to fill AT&T Stadium in Arlington for the North Texas Final Four.
Gus Contreras KERA News

Fans from Florida, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Kentucky are cashing in frequent flyer miles, nailing down hotels, scrounging for tickets and heading to North Texas for the NCAA men’s Final Four, which starts Saturday. NPR’s sports correspondent, Tom Goldman, is coming, with 80,000 or so of his closest friends. KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, talked with him.

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Friday Conversation
1:58 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

2,400 Miles Later, NPR's Steve Inskeep Talks About Life On The Border

Charro Days is a binational festival celebrated with three parades, live music and a grito contest in downtown Brownsville and its neighboring Mexican city, Matamoros.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Talk about a road trip! NPR’s Steve Inskeep and a team of producers just finished a 2,400-mile journey along the U.S.-Mexico border — from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean – to explore how the two countries are linked and how they’re separated. The NPR series, Borderland, paints a picture of a region separated in places by a river, walls, and barbed wire, but united in many unexpected ways. In this week’s Friday Conversation, Inskeep speaks with KERA’s vice president of news Rick Holter.

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Friday Conversation
6:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

SMU Basketball Coach Larry Brown On The Latest Chapter Of His Storied Career

Larry Brown has coached for 10 NBA teams and three college programs.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Update, Monday, 6:05 p.m.: SMU did not make it into the NCAA tournament despite a top 25 ranking. The Mustangs host an NIT game against California-Irvine Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.

Our original post: Larry Brown has had a singular career in the basketball world. He’s coached 10 NBA teams and three college squads, and he’s the only coach ever to win both the NCAA and pro titles. And just weeks before the Final Four comes to North Texas, he took his latest reclamation project, SMU, into the top 25 for the first time in nearly three decades.

Brown sat down with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, for a Friday Conversation.

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Friday Conversation
11:30 am
Fri March 7, 2014

TV's Gloria Campos On Her Last Night In The Anchor Chair And 'A Turning Point In My Life'

TV news icon Gloria Campos sits down with KERA's vice president of news, Rick Holter, to talk about her 30-year career with WFAA-Channel 8, which ends tonight.
Courtney Collins KERA News

For three decades, Gloria Campos has been like a member of the family to thousands of North Texans. In today’s Friday Conversation, the 59-year-old WFAA-Channel 8 anchor talks about her career as the first Latino anchor on local TV news and about how she’ll say goodbye tonight.

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Friday Conversation
2:33 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

A Plano Pastor Talks About The Ukrainian Upheaval's Effect On His Church

Leonid Regheta (right), pastor of Plano's River of Life Church, with KERA's vice president of news Rick Holter (left).
Caydee Daniel KERA News

For the last several weeks, reverberations from the upheaval in Ukraine have been felt here in North Texas, where several thousand Ukrainians have settled. 

At Plano's River of Life church, the congregation includes people from 15 Russian-speaking countries. Balancing those divergent views is a challenge for pastor Leonid Regheta. In this week's Friday Conversation, he sat down with Rick Holter, KERA's vice president of news, to talk about handling the conflict from the pulpit.

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Friday Conversation
6:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Startling Stats, And Three Ways To Dig Out Of Being 'One Crisis Away'

Why do 65 percent of Texans have sub-prime credit ratings?
Wayne Stadler Flickr

The numbers are staggering: One of every six Texans lives below the poverty line. One in three has no savings account. Two of every three have a sub-prime credit rating. Those numbers, and the real-life people they represent, are what propels Woody Widrow.

Widrow is executive director of Raise Texas, a nonprofit network of organizations focused on helping people build financial stability. As part of the KERA series One Crisis Away, he sat down for a Friday Conversation.

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Friday Conversation
6:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

The Rangers' Eric Nadel On Baseball, The Power of Radio And His Dream Musical Date

Rangers announcer Eric Nadel pals around with a local during a visit to KERA
Rick Holter KERA News

Pitchers and catchers for the Texas Rangers start spring training tomorrow in Surprise, Ariz. The man who's been their radio voice for 35 years, Eric Nadel, will join them soon.

But before he goes, Nadel stopped by KERA to talk about about how he got into the game, his favorite Rangers moment and the Ford Frick Award he'll collect in July for being baseball's best announcer. (And don't miss his dream musical date in this extended version of the radio interview.)

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7:08 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Dallas Rep. Villalba To Lt. Gov. Candidates: 'Friends, These 'Illegals' Are People'

Jason Villalba represents District 114 in the Texas Legislature.
Callie Richmond Texas Tribune

State Rep. Jason Villalba, a Republican from North Dallas, wrote an open letter Tuesday to his GOP colleagues running for lieutenant governor. The topic? Immigration. The tone? Well, read on...

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