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
8:01 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Davis Calls For Investing In Texas Economy As Abbott Releases Spanish TV Ad

Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for Texas governor, talked about her economic plan on Tuesday.
Paul Moseley Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis talked Tuesday about building the Texas economy while her Republican opponent Greg Abbott zeroed in on Hispanic voters by releasing a Spanish language television ad.

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Government
10:44 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Dallas Hosting Two Summits Aimed At Creating Better Cities

The New Cities summit is bringing world leaders to the Dallas Arts District.
Dallas Arts District

This week, Dallas is hosting top city planners and officials at two big conferences.  On Friday, 200 mayors from around the country will be here to discuss issues like education and urban poverty.  On Tuesday, 800 public, business and academic leaders from 40 countries are meeting in the arts district at the third New Cities Summit.

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Politics
5:52 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Dallas Says GOP Convention Group Saw A City That Has Fun -- And Can Raise Cash

Cheerleaders and elephants, the GOP mascot, were part of the hoopla that greeted the site selection team at the American Airlines Center Thursday.
Frank Librio Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau

The site selection committee left town Friday, and Dallas feels good about its odds for being chosen to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. 

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Politics
3:47 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Dallas Shows GOP Convention Group Why It's Called 'Big D'

Dallas gave RNC members choosing a 2016 convention site a taste of what a balloon and confetti drop would look like.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Republicans choosing the 2016 site for their national convention found out Thursday why Dallas is called “Big D."

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Politics
7:30 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

GOP Convention Committee Gets A Rowdy Welcome To DFW

Rowdy, the Cowboys mascot, links arms with Enid Mickelsen, chair of the 2016 Republican convention site selection committee, as she arrived at DFW International Airport on Wednesday.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Cowboys mascot Rowdy offered high-fives and several team cheerleaders waved pompoms Wednesday at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport as they welcomed members of the committee choosing a site for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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Politics
1:18 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Wendy Davis Changes Campaign Managers

State Rep. Chris Turner
Credit Texas Tribune

Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has announced a major change in her campaign staff. 

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6:40 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Ted Cruz Is No Longer A Canadian Citizen

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Sen. Ted Cruz was notified Tuesday that he no longer has Canadian citizenship, something he automatically received because his parents were living in Canada when he was born. Cruz, a possible presidential candidate in 2016, filed papers to renounce his Canadian citizenship. He is a U.S. citizen because his mother is an American but the debate over whether he is "natural born" and qualified to be president may not be over.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is now 100 percent American. The tea party favorite announced last summer that he would takes steps to renounce his Canadian citizenship after the Dallas Morning News pointed out that he probably remained a citizen there by virtue of his birth.
Politics
12:57 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

At State Convention, Texas Republicans Call For Conversion Therapy For Gays

From left: Rudy Oeftering with Metroplex Republicans and Jonathan Saenz with Texas Values Action disagreed on how gays should be represented in the Texas Republican Party platform.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

The Texas Republican Party over the weekend endorsed counseling aimed at making gay people straight. 

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Politics
8:06 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Hispanic Voters Also Oppose Illegal Immigration, Dan Patrick Tells GOP Delegates

State Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, addressed convention delegates Saturday.
Bob Daemmrich Texas Tribune

Texas Republicans have abandoned a guest-worker program and taken a harder position on illegal immigration in their party platform.

The platform adopted Saturday also borrows from some positions State Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican lieutenant governor nominee, has listed on his website.

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7:18 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Texas Republicans Support Counseling To Convert Gays To Heterosexuality

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In their new state platform, Texas Republicans suggest reparative therapy" for patrients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexuality." The platform also says "homosexuality is a chosen behavior," something most gays and lesbians reject. Gay Republicans say they had convinced many party delegates to back their efforts to remove offensive comments from the platform, but convention rules prevented the delegates from addessing the audience.
(CNN) -- Texas Republicans have adopted a party platform that includes support for voluntary psychological "therapy" targeted at converting homosexuals to heterosexuals. Almost 10,000 convened in Fort Worth at the annual Republican State Convention to vote on a platform ahead of the 2016 race for the White House.

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