Rick Holter | KERA News

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. Under his leadership, KERA News won 24 awards last year -- including a George Foster Peabody Award as part of NPR's winning entry on coverage of Ebola.

Rick 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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The guy who dreamed up that big funky cube next to Woodall Rodgers Freeway in downtown Dallas has added another trophy to his case: Thom Mayne is the 2013 Gold Medal winner from the American Institute of Architects. Art&Seek's Stephen Becker has the story.

The headlines since last week's announcement have focused on how the Dallas Museum of Art is offering free admission starting next month. But KERA's Jerome Weeks zooms in on the parts of the plan -- free membership and sophisticated geographic data mining -- that could prove to be long-term game changers for museums.

The former North Texas congressman helped found the Tea Party-affiliated group, which powered Republicans to a House majority in 2010. The Washington Post also reports that two other top FreedomWorks officials have left.

The piece, the Orpheus Mosaic, was purchased at auction more than a decade ago. “This is an ethical decision, not a legal decision,” museum director Maxwell Anderson said. Art&Seek's Stephen Becker has the story.

Two-and-a-half million Americans are considered the "working poor" -- that's the highest that number's been in at least the last two decades, says Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler, who joins Krys Boyd on Think today at 1 p.m. Shipler wrote the book The Working Poor: Invisible In America. The public radio show Marketplace recently took an intriguing look at day-to-day life for these people. A couple of the choicest cuts: Kids often are charged with chipping in, and families sometimes even split up just to make ends meet.

Under Rick Perry, the state provides $19 billion a year, a New York Times analysis finds.

The new Perot Museum of Science and Nature is tough to avoid in these parts, with its opening Saturday and the weeks  of coverage leading up to the big debut. But one of the coolest products just arrived: a time-lapse video showing the construction of architect Thom Mayne's landmark building.

The city of Dallas and AT&T are pairing up to build a golf course near Loop 12 and I-45, the Dallas Morning News reports. Their goal: A PGA-quality course that might just take over the Byron Nelson Championship, which has been played in Las Colinas for nearly 30 years.

Dallas-Fort Worth tops 'Forbes' magazine's list of cities where the biggest number of Americans are moving. And that's not the only good news for Texas: Austin lands at No. 3, Houston at No. 5 and San Antonio at No. 8.

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Larry Hagman, the actor who played the iconic J.R. Ewing in the TV series Dallas, died Friday after a battle with cancer in the city where he was filming the series’ revival for TNT. (The show starts its second season Jan. 28.) Hagman was 81, and he had a lasting impact on folks around the world, including KERA’s Rick Holter.

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