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
7:12 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Price Supporters Call His Arrest A "Raw Deal" While Most Of His Critics Remain Silent

A car "wrapped" with life-sized photo of John Wiley Price sat at the commissioner court building Friday.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Following John Wiley Price’s arrest Friday morning, a layer of quiet concern seemed to settle over the offices where he was sworn in 29 years ago as the first African American on the Dallas County Commission.

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Texas News
6:10 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Construction Pain For Long-Term Gain With Mixmaster Highway Horseshoe Project

The Horseshoe project will add capacity and improve safety in the Dallas Mixmaster, where I-35 and I-30 cross.
dallashorseshoe.com

Columns are sprouting, highways are being rerouted and displaced drivers are fuming.

Managers of the “Horseshoe” project, which is remaking part of downtown Dallas’ highway system, say the pain will eventually bring relief.

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Texas News
1:29 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Tesla's Interest In Dallas County Inland Port Raises Profile Of Quiet Area

Goods from around the world arrive at Union Pacifics Intermodal Terminal in the Inland Port.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Could South Dallas County become home to one of the world’s largest factories? Developers and local officials recently learned electric-car manufacturer Tesla is checking out an area known as the Inland Port as it considers where to build its battery plant.

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Government
9:39 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Rep. Veasey Clocks In At Job Sites As He Campaigns For Higher Wages

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey operates controls that release liquid nitrogen into a cement mix.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

As the congressman for a district with unemployment that's higher than the state average, and income that's lower, Rep. Marc Veasey has made jobs his top priority.  Not just creating jobs, but raising salaries for the people who live in Congressional District 33 which stretches from West Fort Worth to West Dallas.

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Politics
5:06 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Davis And Abbott See National Guard Border Deployment Differently

Texas Army National Guard

The candidates running for governor have opposing reactions to Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to deploy 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border over the next month.

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Politics
9:37 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

A Death Sentence Or A Solution? Lt. Governor Candidates See Proposed Law Differently

Law enforcement on the border are devoting more time to the increasing number of migrant children crossing into Texas.
stateimpact.npr.org

The candidates for lieutenant governor have, not surprisingly, staked out opposing positions on a proposal that would speed the return of migrant children to their Central American countries.

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Texas News
7:45 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

State Document Warns Of Risk For Disease Outbreak In Border Detention Centers

Border patrol agents have detained more than 57,000 unaccompanied children who crossed the border since last October.
stateimpact.npr.org

State health officials have alerted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about a potential for the outbreak of disease in border facilities where thousands of children are being detained.

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Government
1:23 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Cornyn Expects Congress To Consider Child Immigration Bill Within Weeks

More than 57,000 unaccompanied children have cross the border into the United States since October.
Shutterstock

Republican Sen. John Cornyn believes that by August Congress will take up a bipartisan immigration bill he is sponsoring with Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat from Laredo.

The bill aims to speed the removal of thousands of migrant children from Central America who have crossed into the United States and are being detained at the border. 

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Politics
2:21 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Can Political, Faith Groups Build On The Immigration Exchange With Obama?

Leslie Harris of Flower Mound awaited the President's motorcade, showing her support for government assistance for detained migrant children.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

President Obama and Gov. Rick Perry put aside partisan differences, at least briefly, this week to share a helicopter across Dallas and discuss securing the border. The president and the governor then sat down with a group of local officials and religious leaders who are preparing to shelter 2,000 immigrant children who've been housed in cramped detention facilities. 

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Politics
11:36 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Four Reasons Why GOP Chose Cleveland Over Dallas For 2016 Convention

Dallas wooed the Republican National Convention committee with an extravagant balloon and confetti drop at American Airlines Center and several elephants, the Republican Party symbol.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Committee members choosing a site for the 2016 Republican National Convention said repeatedly they’d make a business decision, not a political one.  But following the selection of Cleveland over Dallas Tuesday, those close to the negotiations said politics played a role.

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