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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Government
6:59 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Griggs: Dallas Will Consider Requiring Landlords To Accept Public Housing Vouchers

Federal housing subsidies helped replace older, low-income apartments at the Wynnewood complex in South Dallas with new affordable units.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

The city of Dallas and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have settled a complaint that involved the city’s use of incentives for locating low-income housing.

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Texas News
1:19 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Dallas, HUD Officials Resolve Housing Discrimination Case

Dallas city officials say they have resolved a federal fair housing discrimination case.

Dallas city officials say they have resolved a federal fair housing discrimination case.

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Politics
3:33 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

How Will The Elections Affect Business At The Texas Capitol?

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Tuesday's Republican sweep added a new layer of conservatism to state government in Texas.

KERA’s Shelley Kofler talked with Ross Ramsey with The Texas Tribune about how that might play out at the Texas Legislature.

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Politics
6:51 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

As Election Day Arrives, Abbott And Davis Work To Get Out The Vote

Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis campaigns KERA

For months, the candidates for Texas governor have sparred, debated, and tried to sell themselves to voters.  Tuesday night, Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott will find out who will lead this state.

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Politics
12:56 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

In Texas Governor's Race, Abbott And Davis Try To Appeal To Women

If recent trends holds true, more Texas women than men will vote in tomorrow’s election. That’s one reason the candidates for governor have appealed directly to women. 

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Politics
3:27 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Tarrant County Race Will Affect Balance Of Power In Texas Senate

Shelley Kofler KERA

Once again, the battle over a state senate seat in Tarrant County is the most closely watched legislative race in Texas.  

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Politics
12:01 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Map: Is Dan Patrick Running A 'Stealth' Campaign?

Dan Patrick debated his Republican primary opponents at KERA in January.
LM Otero Associated Press

In the past month, Texas voters have seen a lot of Leticia Van de Putte, the Democrat running for lieutenant governor. But they haven't seen nearly as much of her Republican opponent, Dan Patrick. 

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Politics
9:08 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Van De Putte, Patrick Ads Battle Over Education

Democrat Leticia Van de Putte faces Republican Dan Patrick in the race for lieutenant governor.
Jennifer Whitney/Bob Daemmrich Texas Tribune

The education issue has taken center stage in the race for lieutenant governor as the two state senators duke it out on the airwaves. 

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Environment
3:30 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Video: Man-Made North Texas Wetland Provides Water For Humans And Wildlife

At the East Forks Wetland Project, plants filter wastewater that's recycled for drinking.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Texas is facing drought and a booming population. There's a unique project in North Texas that hopes to meet the state's growing thirst for water: A wetland. Wastewater flows through the wetland, where plants clean the water.

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Government
12:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

TxDOT Commissioner Says New Funding Could Change Reliance On Toll Roads

Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck presents a volunteerism award to Victor Vandergriff in 2011.
City of Arlington

In addition to the many candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot, Texans are voting on a constitutional amendment known as Proposition 1. If it passes, a portion of oil and gas tax money flowing into the state’s rainy day savings account will be used for transportation.

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