Shelley Kofler

Managing Editor/Senior Reporter

Shelley Kofler is managing editor/senior reporter for KERA News. She is an award-winning reporter and television producer who has served as KERA news director and the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV. Her expertise on legislative policy issues includes school finance, foster care and transportation; and her stories on the overmedication of foster children captured the attention of state officials who strengthened laws for the use of psychotropic drugs.

Shelley also covered government issues for North Texas NBC affiliate KXAS-TV and worked with KERA on numerous public affairs projects including nationally broadcast programs. She has reported on statewide elections and presidential primaries since the late 1980s. She also founded and operated her own communications firm, Kofler Communications, in Dallas and Austin. She served as a communications strategist and media trainer for various companies, agencies and public officials.

Shelley and the KERA news team have received numerous journalism awards for their public radio and television work. In addition to all-staff honors she has been individually singled out with a first place Edward R. Murrow award for a series of reports on the Trinity toll road decision; first place honors for political reporting from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the Houston Press Club’s Lone Star competition; a first place award for covering water issues and the battle over building the Marvin Nichols dam; and a first place Lone Star award for hosting a call-in show about employment entitled, “Getting Back to Work.”

As news director, Shelley organized and participated in KERA’s coverage of the 2010 Texas gubernatorial race. She moderated the statewide-televised primary debate among Republicans: Governor Rick Perry, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and candidate Debra Medina. The debate aired in every TV and radio market in Texas.

Shelley joined the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas board in 2011. She’s a native “Hoosier” from Indiana but has lived in Texas for more than two decades. She’s happiest when she can slip on her hiking boots and explore a new trail.

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Politics
6:02 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Greg Abbott Agrees To Governor's Debate On KERA-TV

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has accepted an invitation for a live, statewide television debate at KERA’s studios.
Bob Daemmrich/Laura Buckman The Texas Tribune

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has accepted an invitation for a live, statewide television debate at KERA’s studios.

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Government
8:40 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Schools Applaud Ruling That Texas Education Funding System Is Unconstitutional

State Judge John Dietz in February 2013 found the state school funding system unconstitutional and issued a written order declaring the same on Thursday.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera Texas Tribune

School districts throughout the state are applauding a court ruling that may eventually lead to an overhaul of the way Texas pays for schools.

On Thursday State District Judge John Dietz again declared the state’s school funding system unconstitutional.

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Government
7:23 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Key Lawmakers Campaign For November Passage Of Transportation Fund

Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, and Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, talk with KERA's Shelley Kofler about the transportation measure on the November ballot.
BJ Austin KERA News

Most of the attention for November elections has been on the governor’s race and battles between candidates.

But voters will also decide whether to use some of the oil and gas tax money that would go into the Rainy Day savings fund to pay for roads.

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Politics
3:41 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Wendy Davis Calls For Eliminating Statute Of Limitations On Rape

Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis appeared with Dallas County Constable Beth Villareal at the Frank Crowley Courts building in Dallas.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, said Wednesday she wants to eliminate the statute of limitations for prosecuting cases of rape and sex assault.

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Government
9:50 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Lawmakers Ready To Again Back A 'Texas Solution' To Obamacare

Texas Tribune Editor-In-Chief Evan Smith, Rep. Garnet Coleman, and Rep. John Zerwas discuss another try at passing legislation to access billions in Affordable Care Act funding.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Two key state lawmakers from opposing parties say they haven’t given up on creating a plan that would allow Texas to collect billions of federal Medicaid dollars tied to the Affordable Care Act.

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Texas News
7:02 am
Mon August 18, 2014

From DART To DFW: Now You Can Take The Train To Catch Your Plane

DART's Orange Line will stop at a station near the front door of DFW's Terminal A.
DART

You can now take a DART train all the way to DFW International Airport.

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Government
6:33 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry Indicted For Abusing Power

Gov. Rick Perry announcing the deployment of National Guard Troops to the Texas border in July.
Bob Daemmrich Texas Tribune

A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption.

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Politics
6:57 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Lt. Gov. Candidate Van De Putte Has Plan For 2 Free Years In College, Technical School

Bob Booth Fort Worth Star-Telegram

In Fort Worth Thursday, State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, the Democrat running for lieutenant governor, rolled out her plan to provide a free, two-year college education to all qualified high school graduates.

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Politics
11:35 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Bitcoin Plays A 'Bit' Part In Campaign Fundraising, But Could That Change?

Credit Pierre Sibileau / Flickr

Some candidates this election season are accepting donations they can’t deposit in the bank or jingle in their pockets.

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Politics
12:04 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Davis' Edgy TV Ad: Effective Or Risky?

The Texas Tribune

Both major candidates for governor have launched statewide television commercials in the past week.  Republican Greg Abbott’s second TV ad is in Spanish and English and features his Hispanic mother-in-law. But it’s Democrat Wendy Davis’ first statewide ad that’s grabbing attention.

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