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
2:31 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Road Funding Success May Depend On Who Approves Rainy Day Balance

Office of Rep. Villalba

State. Rep. Jason Villalba, a Dallas Republican, has identified a key change he says is needed before the Texas House will pass new transportation funding.

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Health/Science
1:52 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Texas Has Most Counties On Worst Insured List

Dallas County has been named on a “worst” list of 30 counties nationwide that have some of the highest numbers of uninsured.  In fact, 22 of the counties are in Texas.

The list was released by the Center for American Progress, a group which supports the implementation of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

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Texas News
8:15 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Want To Help Solve The Road Funding Crisis? Park Your Vehicle

Bicycle messenger Christina Jones peddles about 150 miles a week. She says its becoming easier for a bike to be a person's primary mode of travel.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

As state lawmakers meet in a third special session to consider new road funding North Texas planners are staring at some sobering facts. 

The population of the DFW region is expected to grow almost 50% in the next two decades.  But planners say the new money would only pay for one fifth of what’s needed to eliminate the gridlock.

It’s why they’re encouraging drivers to park their cars and change their lifestyles.

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10:52 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Texans Remembering John Graves, Writer Who Immortalized The Brazos River

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Texas author John Graves, 92, has died at the home he called Hard Scrabble, southwest of Dallas-Fort Worth near Glen Rose. Graves was best known for sparking an interest in environmental literature with his book, "Goodbye to a River, " which chronicled his 1960 canoe trip down the Brazos River. Here's a Texas Monthly profile from 2010.
The long, slow, quiet, thoughtful, weird, brilliant, often-interrupted, never-compromised career of John Graves, who died July 30, 2013.
Government
7:18 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Third Time's A Charm? Texas Lawmakers End 2nd Session, Start No. 3

State of Texas

Update, 7 a.m. Wednesday: Gov. Rick Perry didn't take long. An hour after the Legislature ended its second special session without a transportation deal, the governor called a third 30-day session. Both houses quickly started the session and then adjourned until Monday.

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Government
3:33 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Transportation Vote Fails In Texas House

State of Texas

UPDATE

It appears state lawmakers will not pass new transportation funding in the special session that ends tomorrow, though long-time observers say there are procedural moves that leave a small window of opportunity.

This afternoon the Texas House could not muster the 100 votes needed to  send HJR 2  to voters next year.  Just 84 representatives voted in favor of the bill but because it would amend the constitution the support of two-thirds of House members was necessary.  

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Politics
4:58 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Is She In? Wendy Davis On Running For Governor And Life As A Teenage Mom

Wendy Russell in elementary school, 4th or 5th grade.
Office of Sen. Wendy Davis

With Republicans Greg Abbott and Tom Pauken already campaigning for governor, Texans want to know whether Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth will challenge them from the Democratic side.

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Politics
3:07 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Davis Raises Nearly $1 Million Following Her Filibuster

Texas Tribune

It appears State Sen. Wendy Davis’s filibuster did more than temporarily derail the abortion bill.

It also sparked a fundraising frenzy that netted her $933,000 in the final two weeks of June.

That means Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat, has more than one million dollars in the bank as she considers whether to run for governor.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott meanwhile collected  $4.78 million during the final two weeks of June and has more than $20 million available for his campaign.

Here’s the breakdown in donations provided by Davis’ office:

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4:28 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Abbott Kicks Off Race For Governor

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Attorney General Greg Abbott touted his prosecution of child predators and his legal challenges to "overreaching" Washington policies as he announced his candidacy for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in San Antonio. In the coming week he'll visit 10 cities in five days, including Duncanville on Tuesday. Abbott attended high school there.
SAN ANTONIO - With his wife and daughter at his side, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott kicked off his campaign for governor Sunday in San Antonio's sun-drenched La Villita plaza, where he promised to fight for a Texas of "boundless opportunity and limitless imagination."
Politics
4:50 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

The Latest Weapons In Austin's Abortion Battle? You Won't Believe It

An unidentified woman has her bag searched by a DPS officer outside the Senate chambers.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Update, Saturday 11 a.m.: Pro-abortion-rights protesters say they don't believe the DPS statement about feces and urine, and the Texas Tribune couldn't find a single DPS officer who reported confiscating bodily fluids.

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