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
11:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

For Abbott And Davis, It's Now About Getting Supporters To Vote

Democrat Wendy Davis met with volunteers block-walking for her in Dallas on Sunday.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Two weeks of early voting begins Monday and the candidates for governor are working to get their supporters to the polls.

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Politics
12:01 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Grab Your Photo ID -- Early Voting Begins Today

Joe Shlabotnik flickr.com

Get out your voter ID and head to the polls -- early voting begins today and continues through Oct.31. 

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Government
11:26 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Supreme Court Requires Texas Voter ID For Voting That Begins Monday

When early voting begins Monday Texans will be required to show a valid Voter ID at the polls.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election.

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Politics
6:54 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Ebola 'Sucks The Oxygen' Out Of Election Coverage

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins says coordinating the Ebola response leaves little time to campaign for reelection.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

On Monday, early voting begins in Texas.  If you haven’t heard a lot about it, that might be because the evolving Ebola crisis in Dallas has overwhelmed news coverage -- even in one campaign where the Ebola response seems to be the issue.

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Five Days In October
12:01 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Abbott, Davis Downplay New Toll Roads As Way To End Traffic Gridlock

A look at the new LBJ Express, which includes managed toll lanes.
LBJ Express

KERA and its media partners  -- The Dallas Morning News and KXAS-TV (NBC 5) -- continue Five Days in October, a week-long report about issues the governor's race. Today, we look at how Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis would address the state's growing need for infrastructure. That includes toll roads and the role they should play in relieving traffic congestion.

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Government
5:09 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Federal Court Reinstates Texas Voter ID For Upcoming Election

Julian Aguilar Texas Tribune

A federal court today confirmed that Texas voters will need a valid photo ID when early voting begins next Monday. 

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Politics
1:57 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Davis Says Wheelchair Ad Exposes Hypocrisy, Abbott Calls It Offensive

Wendy Davis' latest TV ad opens with a picture of a wheelchair which is used to represent opponent Greg Abbott.
Texas Tribune/YouTube

Greg Abbott, the Republican running for governor, says opponent Wendy Davis' TV ad that uses a wheelchair to represent him is "offensive." 

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10:02 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Five Days In October: Exploring The Issues Facing Candidates For Governor

KERA, the Dallas Morning News, NBC5 and Telemundo 39 recently asked Texans to identify the issues they're most concerned about. For five days this week we're combining forces to look at where Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis stand on those issues. We began looking at the candidates' views on education, followed by the border, healthcare, the economy and infrastructure.
Find out where Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis stand on the big issues in the race for governor with our Five Days in October series along with partners KERA, NBC5 and Telemundo 39. Day 1 topic: Education
Politics
7:20 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Van De Putte Calls For Replacing National Guard On Border With More DPS Officers

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

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte says her Republican opponent for lieutenant governor is fear-mongering with his first fall television ad released this week.

The ad links the threat of an ISIS invasion to the candidates' dueling policies over immigration.

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Five Days In October
2:09 am
Fri October 10, 2014

How Would Greg Abbott And Wendy Davis Use Student Test Scores?

Shutterstock

Today KERA, The Dallas Morning News and KXAS-TV (NBC 5) begin a series of coordinated reports we’re calling Five Days in October. Each day we’ll look at where the leading candidates for governor stand on certain issues. We begin with education, and answers to a question about student test scores that was tweeted during KERA’s televised gubernatorial debate last week.

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