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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Ebola In Dallas
7:15 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Dallas DA Considering Charges Against Ebola Patient And Family He Stayed With

Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins says he may file charges against the Liberian man who brought Ebola to Dallas.
Craig Watkins/Facebook

Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins says he’s considering whether to prosecute the Liberian man who brought the Ebola virus to Dallas.

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Ebola In Dallas
2:00 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Leading Epidemiologist Expects More Ebola Cases In North Texas

Dr. Robert Haley spent a decade working as an epidemic investigator with the Centers for Disease Control.
UT Southwestern Medical Center

A leading epidemiologist with UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas told KERA that North Texas should expect more than the one case of Ebola already diagnosed.  

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Politics
3:23 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Poll Says Abbott Leading Davis By 9 Points Going Into Tuesday's Debate At KERA

Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis, debated at KERA studios Tuesday night.
KERA News

A statewide poll says Republican Greg Abbott went into Tuesday night’s governor’s debate at KERA leading Democrat Wendy Davis by nine points.

That’s less of a lead than internal Abbott campaign polls recently showed, but a difficult gap for Davis to makeup with just five weeks until the November 4 election. 

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Politics
6:11 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Davis, Abbott Wrangle Over New Controversy As They Head Into Final Debate

Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott will square off in The Texas Debates: The Race For Governor at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Laura Buckman / Bob Daemmrich The Texas Tribune

A new controversy has flared up as the candidates for governor prepare for their last televised debate on Tuesday at KERA. It involves the Texas Enterprise Fund which was designed to award financial incentives to companies that create jobs.

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Politics
6:28 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Abbott, Davis Present Their Visions For Education To School Administrators

Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott are competing for governor.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera and Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

The leading candidates for governor presented their visions for improving public education to one of the toughest audiences in the state -- several thousand school administrators meeting in Dallas.

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Politics
7:51 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Hoping To Appeal To Women, Davis Tries To Paint Abbott As Extreme On Abortion

Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis, candidates for governor.
Mark Graham/Cooper Neil The Texas Tribune

Democrat Wendy Davis appealed to women voters Tuesday by highlighting differences between herself and Republican opponent Greg Abbott on the issue that launched her race for governor- abortion.

Davis, who’s pro-choice, is challenging Abbott’s history of opposing abortion in cases where a woman becomes pregnant because of rape or incest.

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Politics
12:01 am
Mon September 22, 2014

With Four Weeks Until Early Voting, Greg Abbott And Wendy Davis Try To Connect

Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis, candidates for governor.
Mark Graham/Cooper Neil The Texas Tribune

The candidates for governor are back on the campaign trail after mixing it up in their first debate Friday night. On Saturday Democrat Wendy Davis sat for an hour-long interview in Austin. Republican Greg Abbott stayed in the Rio Grande Valley, hoping to attract Latino votes.

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Texas News
9:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Immigration Still In Spotlight As Valley Hosts First Governor's Debate

Volunteers at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church shelter in McAllen search for shoes to fit an immigrant child.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Tonight, the eyes of the Texas will be on the Rio Grande Valley when gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott meet in Edinburg for their first televised debate. 

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Politics
12:01 am
Thu September 18, 2014

David Alameel: 'I Want To Clean Up The Democratic Party'

Democrat David Alameel is challenging incumbent Republican John Cornyn for his U.S. Senate seat.
Ivan Pierre Aguirre Texas Tribune

The Democrat challenging Republican John Cornyn for his U.S. Senate seat knows he has an uphill battle against a better funded, established candidate. So why is David Alameel running?

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Texas News
6:57 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Dozens Of Groups File Briefs In Texas' Same-Sex Marriage Case

Mark Phariss, left, and Victor Holmes of Plano filed suit to end the ban on same-sex marriage in Texas.

A flood of legal briefs supporting and opposing same-sex marriage in Texas have been pouring into the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Tuesday was the final day for the friends of the court briefs to be filed.

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